Two missing, 1 dead in tornadoes' wrath
“When you're this deep into the month of October, it's a very rare event.”
At least two people are reported missing and a truck driver was injured by a suspected tornado that struck overnight about one mile south-southwest of Williamston just north in Ingham County, emergency ... via Detroit Free Press
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#1 Oct 20, 2007
I was driving westbound on I-96 that night and I,m pretty sure that it was indeed an F-2 or 3 tornado that crossed the highway and flipped that semi. It was dark, so spotting the actual funnel was impossible, but from the hail and debris on the roadway, I figure it crossed within 1/2 mile ahead of me. Rain was falling so hard that it was 2 or 3 inches deep on the concrete simply because it could not run off quickly enough. I had just slowed to 45 mph or so and passed several stopped vehicles on the shoulder, when ferocious cross winds slammed into my vehicle from the left, nearly blowing me across 2 lanes. The hurricane strenght rainfall was now completely horizontal, hitting my back window harder than the windshield, which seemed really odd when I was moving forward at nearly 50 mph! I slowed more and put the hazards on, considering stopping and maybe even taking cover as light debris and leaves became mixed with the rain, which was now blowing across I-96 at probably 75 or 80 mph. I heard what might have been the roar of a tornado, but it was hard to tell with huge raindrops and bits of trees pounding my car from the left with deafening fury. But then, within 30 seconds or so, it all suddenly stopped, leaving only medium-light rain with relatively calm winds. It was then that I came upon the accident scene with the tractor-trailer blown all over the median, and could see emergency vehicle lights approaching up eastbound 96. Over the next several minutes I passed a steady stream of fire, police, paramedic, and heavy tow vehicles all responding to the accident. I hope that guy is OK.
So, did I narrowly escape a head-on with a twister? You tell me.--Cheers
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