So we had yet another KC Home Solutions first yesterday. I was at a home in Olathe when some not so fun weather rolled in to the Kansas City metro. Here's how everything played out, it's a fun story!
I'm talking with the homeowners in their master bathroom when both of their cell phones made the same sound at the same time. I had my cell phone on silent, otherwise mine would have made the same noise. It's the "uh, time to pay attention to the sky" sound. They both pulled their phones and read the text message, "severe weather threat in your area...TORNADO WARNING." I pulled my phone from my pocket and I had the same message. Funny, I thought, haven't heard the tornado sirens go off...moments later came that unmistakable sound that this small town Kansas kid grew up hearing each summer.
Down to the basement we all go (even though my 1st instinct is to go outside and look around). The TV is turned on in the basement and we are watching one of the local KC news stations. Not one. Not two but THREE tornado warnings end up being placed in Johnson County, and of course each warning gets its own siren by the City of Olathe. Oh and double-bonus for me, the track of one of the tornadoes is towards where I live. I was in the basement with the homeowners for about a half-hour waiting for the worst to clear past us. The boss was nice enough to check on me too! Once we felt it was safe enough we went back up to the master bathroom and I finished taking measurements and getting all the details we need to send an estimate.
In the end the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Missouri stated today that there were in fact 2 EF0 tornadoes in the Kansas City metro yesterday. Thankfully no one was hurt and there was only minor damage.
Moral of the story here? It doesn't matter if you are at home or work, take all severe weather threats seriously. This time we were able to laugh about it, next time we may not be as fortunate. Be safe out there everyone, we don't live in a place dubbed Tornado Alley by accident!