I am not going to trivialize what happened Friday. Too many people died and too many homes were destroyed by a string of EF-3 and EF-4 tornadoes that swept through Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. The closest it got to us was in the town of Piner, Kentucky, 5 miles away where at least 3 people were killed. For several hours we all hung out in our basement watching the storm move through our area on the local TV station.
The only concern I had was getting everyone to go downstairs and stay there after the weatherman told everyone to take shelter. I did get my wife Jackie and the three Rottweilers to go down to the basement but due to some confusion when I went back upstairs to grab some things of value everyone followed me and that led to some panic as I got excited about getting everyone to go back to safety. The Rottweilers didn't understand why I was yelling and they went and hid so I had to put leashes on them and walk them back to the basement.
The local television stations take bad weather very seriously out here and one station we watched, WKRC, channel 12, continued live coverage from 2 PM until 11 PM. I started watching Intellicast radar on the Internet and picked up this ominous picture just before we headed to the basement. Those boxes are confirmed tornadoes on the ground and we were right in their path.
Click the picture for a larger view. See where Piner in located just below Florence.
Anyway, to make a long story short, once everyone was back in the basement the three Rottweilers all decided to just take naps, like they always do.