It’s been muggy, hot, with afternoon thunderstorms and lightening. Last Thursday, my little school by the sea was caught in a mini-tornado that lasted all of a minute, was only an F-0 and was contained in a small 5-block area. It was gone as soon as it appeared.
school gymnasium to the right of white house
Tornadoes aren’t the norm for our area. (Hurricanes? Yep.) F-0. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? Tell that to the house next to our school gymnasium. They lost their top floor. Other homes lost roof shingles and windows.
back of home, roof ripped away, no top floor
school gymnasium, back entrance – – boarded windows on side
The school gymnasium lost part of the back roof and had many windows blown out. The light pole (bottom of above photo) was ripped right out of its base – – onto parked cars.
boarded up windows, broken fencing
parked cars, recipients of gym building debris
a light pole in another life time
Across the street, an old beach cottage lost windows and part of its slate roof. Next door, a surf shop’s windows blew out.
Beach goers use the gym parking lot during the summer. The two lot attendants’ hut was hurdled across the lot and thrown down into the street. They were hurt, but are mending. Many of the vehicles lost windows.
Many thoughts: Grateful our parking lot friends are going to be okay. Thankful that school is out for the summer. Humbled.
It’s been six days since. These photos were taken with my iPhone and do not convey the damage adequately. The images show the “cleaned up” after version. We are used to wind and rain, edge of hurricane storms. NOT tornadoes. Crazy weather.
w.o.w. – – Joanne