This video was shot Wednesday of a tornado heading straight for the Sutherlands in Sedalia, Missouri. The Star reported that the tornado was either "a high EF1 or a low EF2." It damaged homes, businesses and a trailer park, but the people of Sedalia were reportedly all accounted for. I'm tornadoed out for the year.
H/t: Wheelingrabbit for uploading the video (via the always awesome Heycameraman).
Pitch IT wizard Matt Spencer snapped these photos from the roof of our office at 17th Street and Main during this morning's storm. Spencer braved the storm while the rest of us hid in the basement and called dibs on the fluorescent lights and two-by-fours as weapons for our post-tornado world (true story). If you're worried about Spencer, don't be. He's kinda like Highlander. Nevertheless, don't try this at home, kids. More photos after the jump.
Broadway is dead! Dead! Mwhahaha! Snowstradamus 2011 is over, but with a foot of snow and single-digit temps, I recommend that all of the Masters of the Universe stay indoors. Way too cold out here for 4-inch-tall men wearing loincloths. Interstate 70 may be open, but I wouldn't recommend riding a giant panther on it. Until the city digs out, I shall work from home, drinking cocoa and plotting the demise of He-Man. Mwhahahahaha!
Fearful of the blizzard's potential to cripple their cereal preparation, area residents plundered supermarket dairy cases. The Hy-Vee in Raytown reported a reduced stock at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday.
Kansas City firefighters were shopping for groceries at the supermarket along with residents who waited until the storm's arrival to obtain adequate supplies of animal flesh and bananas. The National Weather Service is predicting a snowfall of 10 to 16 inches.
Stay home, if you can. That message keeps coming out of my TV. The biggest story of the day -- the only story of the day -- is the weather. It's SnowaMania III, brother. Or the Snowpocalypse? Snowmageddon? Snowgasm? SnOMG? The Blizzard of Oz? (Someone should be paying royalties to Ozzy Osbourne whose 1980 album was titled the same.)
The forecast calls for 6 to 12 inches of snow (and 20-plus in some areas) with winds blowing from 20 to 40 mph, and really effin' cold temps. I snapped the photo above of Broadway around 7:45 a.m. Not a lot of traffic, and not a lot of problems. But snow is covering the streets, and it's only going to get worse, according to every meteorologist ever.
It's predicted that this will be our hottest week of the year, and that is so not the time to listen to Stan Cox, America's leading anti-air-conditioning advocate espousing his views to Steve Kraske on KCUR. He's been all over the
media pimping his new book Losing
Our Cool: Uncomfortable facts about our Air-Conditioned World,
and, in an ideal world, yes, Cox should have his way. He makes excellent points about how our insatiable desire to
cool off is making the earth bake. But I don't want to hear it this week.
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