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Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
May 20, 2013 - 11:03pm PT
base104 who posts over on the science vs religion thread lives in Oklahoma and is a tornado chaser. I hope he's ok through all this.

Social climber
Durango CO
May 20, 2013 - 11:17pm PT
I am from Woodward OK and my wife's family all live all over OKC area. I worked as a paramedic in OKC right out of high school. Most of my graduating class live in OKC too. Everyone that we know, so far is ok.

Please send out your best wishes to all the rescuers, victims and volunteer relief efforts.



Trad climber
Bay Area, CA
May 21, 2013 - 12:26am PT
neebee you're so kind to post this. you're always such a caring person.

I was born and raised in Oklahoma (live in San Jose now) and this tornado is reminiscent of the one that happened in 1999. Though all my family and friends are safe, I know that there are many people affected by the storm who are suffering now. My thoughts go out to everyone involved.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 21, 2013 - 12:34am PT
Be safe, Oklahoma!

You are in our prayers. Take care! God bless those kids.

Mountain climber
May 21, 2013 - 01:34am PT
My mother is in NW AR right next door and the storms hit them in the evening, she said it was scary, no shelter there but they have stocked the closet (including a wifi laptop) with supplies to prepare for the next round. At least there's some hills to break up the winds near them but the straight line winds reach tornado speeds. It's gonna be a bad season and seeing those bricks spread out like that scares me.
David D.

Trad climber
May 21, 2013 - 02:30am PT
Up to 91 deaths now...

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
May 21, 2013 - 09:06am PT
Just heard from my climbing friends and they were 20 miles south of where the F5 hit at a college.

Social climber
May 21, 2013 - 09:18am PT
A pictorial and map feature of the storm path. A tornado also touched down near Meeker, OK, up near the Wichitas.

Made my throat clutch up a little seeing the devastation in those levelled neighborhoods. I never got easy with the threat of tornadoes when I lived in places prone to them. Now I have traded that for the threat of wildfire but somehow it seems better to me.

The mountains are my shelter in more ways than one.

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
May 21, 2013 - 10:40am PT
base 104 just posted to Facebook and he's ok. As anticipated he was out chasing the storm which is the most impressive he says, of the 200 some he has followed. He got hom ok but his truck took a beating from flying debris.
shit tooth

Trad climber
Oklahoma City, OK
May 21, 2013 - 11:03am PT
Former oklahomie here (moved just 6 months ago), and I could say a lot or a little about storms there, but nothing really could describe the mixed emotions they bring. It's really like a terrible lottery. You take the ticket every single storm season that you're in the region. When your ticket gets drawn you can only really hope that your home is built strongly.
Every region has its form of natural disaster and I can't say I'd prefer one over any other, but its sad anytime you see mother nature level what we've come to call home. My heart goes out to those that have passed on, and those that will rebuild. There really isn't another option. Live and love while you can cause you will die too. Thanks supertopians for letting me vent a bit.

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
May 21, 2013 - 11:13am PT
Here's a link to a NBC aerial video of the tornado. Looks like it was taken from a drone helicopter.

Very impressive tornado footage towards the end of the video.

Good luck to you folks in "tornado alley."

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
May 21, 2013 - 11:49am PT
Would be nice to hear from BASE104. Hope all is well for him.

Sport climber
May 21, 2013 - 12:04pm PT
From 51, down to 24.

Social climber
kennewick, wa
May 21, 2013 - 12:33pm PT
Tony Mayse? Are you alright buddy?

Tony is from Moore, wrote the OK guidebook. I remember eating pancakes at his house in Moore on our way to go climbing. Met him in 1992 or so at Quartz Mtn.

Post up when you get a chance! Thinking of you and Lori


Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
May 21, 2013 - 07:34pm PT
I don't know, here's the tracks for the 2013, 2003, and 1999 tornadoes in Moore, OK - the 1999 tornado killed 36:

And these guys sell these storm shelters for $4,495 installed:

I see a lot of fancy cars in the wreckage, still seems crazy you wouldn't spend the $5k and have a shelter if you lived in a place like this. Seems even crazier the building codes would allow the construction of a house without some form of storm shelter.


Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 21, 2013 - 11:02pm PT
hey there say, golsen... hope you head from tony, by now???

also, hope folks have heard from BASE?

not sure what is going on in oklahoma, now, as to weather... but i did hear a gal say there may be more storms???? tonight... but not sure if they have moved on, or are in process...

hoping and praying for folks to be okay...
thanks for sharing anything that has helped folks, or just
things that have let us all know you are thinking on the folks
involved in all this...

god bless...
goatboy smellz

May 21, 2013 - 11:07pm PT

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon

May 20, 2013 - 04:06pm PT
Odd that refrigeration eliminated one of the better forms of tornado protection from that landscape. I wouldn't live in one of these areas without some form of underground protection, seems like societal failure of common sense to build suburbs in these areas without such shelters .

The air must be a little thin that high on an ivory pedestal.

Trad climber
May 21, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
Pretty sure BASE104 is good; he lives south of the path. Hell, he is probably in an oil patch somewhere.

That and he wants to be an as#@&%e. He is not there yet and I've never know him to be denied his goal.

edit: BASE104 is a great person and no matter how much he works at being an dick, he will never make it. But I like to taunt him..

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
May 21, 2013 - 11:27pm PT
Could just be me, I guess, but if I decided to live in a known tornado alley, I'd take some basic precautions for my family. So when I see what seems like common sense getting lost on a grand scale, I just can't help but wonder what's going on. Or are you saying you'd live there with no storm shelter of any kind and just roll the dice?
goatboy smellz

May 21, 2013 - 11:31pm PT
Not everyone gets to decide where they live or what comforts they can provide for family.

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