Friday, May 08, 2009

Devastating Carbondale Storm

In case you haven't heard, Carbondale, IL was hit with a strong storm that may have involved a tornado. 100 mph winds were reported and lots of damage. My daughter goes to SIU there and told me what was going on. Rather than live blogging what I knew, I live 'Facebooked' instead. Mainly because this was of greater concern to friends and family than to whatever blog audience I still have.


--[Daughter] just called...SIU campus hit by what she thinks was a tornado. Many windows were blown out in her dorm (Schneider Hall), including all on the top (17th) floor. All the trees in sight are down. Carbondale in 'chaos'. Well, that's not new for a Friday.

--She said they were watching the rain and hail and trees (!) blow by when the lounge window blew out in front of her. They ran and hid in the bathroom. They were then asked to evacuate the building.

--...after the storm had passed, that is.

--It'll be interesting to see if more windows were taken out by the storm than the great Boomer/Allen snowball fight of '79.

--St. Louis Post-Dispatch says C'dale got 100 mph winds and there were some injuries:

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/illinoisnews/story/76A4034A60B1B156862575B0006D554E?OpenDocument

--The Southern Illinoisian online is strangely silent. Maybe they got hit?--

--For comparison, 100 mph is a Category 2 hurricane

--[Daughter] texts that she can confirm a tornado...

--...and things must be calming down some since she's back at work at the [Place Where She Works].

--She texts that they still have no power tho...

--More...

http://thecapitolfaxblog.com/2009/05/08/this-just-in-209/

--We are supposed to go down to Giant City in two weeks with the [Friends] and the [Other Friends]. Hope the cabins are still standing. I can't get through to the lodge on the phone.

--Emergency text sent out to SIU parents says graduation ceremonies have been canceled for tomorrow. Guess the kids will have to hang out for another year!

Update: Only the graduation ceremonies scheduled for today (Friday) were affected and they have been rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday. That according to an official emergency text from the university. So maybe things aren't so dire???

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

My daughter is in Towers and she said that there were not business's open and no food to be had anywhere. But Youngblood opened and had sandwiches for the kids. She said the power could be out for days maybe a week. Even Marion was hit.

Anonymous said...

I spoke to friends in carbondale marion harrin and carterville there are trees down no power and a 7 oclock curfew.

Anonymous said...

I spoke to my brother who works for the Southern Illinoisan about 11 pm. They have no power and he is in Paducah, KY with a team of people putting out the paper.

Anonymous said...

I just spoke to my brother who works for the Southern Illinoisan. They are in Paducah, KY putting out a paper, as they have no power at the paper.

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Joe Shea said...

I was in Schneider hall picking up my daughter when the storm went through. It was bad! Trees down everywhere, a fire hydrant uprooted and power lines down along Wall st. Nobody had power in C'dale and Marion and most businesses closed. Took a while to get out of town with most traffic using only a few roads.

Sheree said...

i just posted but didn't see it on the site so pls delete this if this post is already there. This is really hard to see being hit by these storms myself it feels like the end of the world. you and your family running around looking for the safest place but you lose your mind and can't think of anything. i feel for everyone who has been hit with this and i'm sure the power could be out for days maybe a week. The deadly storm awareness is already spreading on the internet http://www.dragtotop.com/carbondale_storm and http://www.Twitter.com plus its all over http://www.facebook.com i encourage everyone to pls contribute and help in these difficult times. there is nothing harder than not being able to decide who should you save first; yourself or your 4 year old. My God bless us all. i don't wish this madness on anyone.