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June 2nd 2011 11:59 am
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Here's an article about 2 of the deadliest tornadoes we've ever had in New Hampshire. One was just in 2008. NH tornadoes. The 2008 one was actually being studied by scientists for years because of how long it stayed on the ground and how long it was: tornado path.

Here are actual pictures of the damage from that tornado. The town where it hit is only about 30 to 35 minutes away from our house. pictures of damage

The damage in Massachusetts isn't that far from us in southern NH. Here in New England our states are small and close together. It doesn't take long to travel over the border like in the midwest. This, for us, is too close to home.

Though we were under tornado warnings all day and evening yesterday, we were extremely lucky and cannot convey that enough! We are so saddened for the losses and devastation they've suffered there. We're purring and praying for everyone in those affected areas and can only imagine what you're going through.

If anyone here on Catster is from Monson, Sturbridge, Springfield Mass. and all of those affected areas, we pray that you and your family are alright.

Purred by: Tink the Cat (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 12:36 pm

Zach did mention last night that Tate & Family are okay, but 15 miles away there was a lot of damage.
We, of course, know EXACTLY how you feel! About 10 days ago we had 3 in our area, one 8 miles away. An additional one about an hour later was 18 miles from Skylar & Family. And, of course, there was at least one in MI near Gump on Monday! These are not even the ones that have been so devastating in the news! The weather is absolutely, out-of-hand CRAZY this year! We're VERY concerned about the whole US, it no longer seems to matter where you live. Tornadoes don't stay on the ground as long near mountains or rivers, but for all we know, that could change too!
I'm SO glad you are okay - what a relief! Thanks for checking in on Gump's pawty several times to keep us informed. I think that's a big reason why the pawty was successful, because I know Gump couldn't have enjoyed himself at all if he had been really worried about you. I know he was already sad that you couldn't be there the whole time, but better to be safe!!
Efurbuddy, please keep everything ready to seek shelter quickly!! We can no longer take warnings for granted!! Please, not ANYWHERE!! Luv, Tink
Purred by: Tink the Cat (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 12:41 pm

FYI, just heard from Kally Kat in Boston - all is well with them.
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 1:00 pm

Thanks for saying that Tink because we felt SUPER bad last night about being such a downer at Gump's party. But Hunter is actually even closer to the Mass border than we are and he wasn't taking it too seriously. We kinda felt like maybe we shouldn't have shown up and said anything. That we were being poops for the party.

It bothers us a lot that we missed his big night. It looks like everyone had a great time and we weren't there. Gump means so much to us we feel really bad.

We did hear from Kally late last night Tink, thank you. She was saying how she's in a brick house but honestly, that doesn't matter. Most of the structures in Springfield are solid brick and they were destroyed! And you're right actually because the tornadoes that went through Joplin and headed for Kentucky, went straight into the mountains. I remember seeing that.

And here in western NH they get tornado warnings all the time in Keene, Jaffrey, Greenfield, etc. and that's all right next to Mount Monadnock. Which my mom has climbed and it's about 4,000 ft. so I don't think it matters anymore.

So glad Tate is okay!
Purred by: Simone (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 1:03 pm

Oh nose, this has mommy so very very worried. She left NH in 2008 to come out here, she remembers that tornado, she has many many friends in Mass and the rest of New England. I hope they are all ok.
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 1:13 pm

That’s right Simone! Your mommy lived even closer to that area than we do. I believe she was only 1 or 2 towns over. A grandma died because she was shielding her grandchild. Here is a link for the Boston tv station who's been covering it constantly since yesterday morning:
Purred by: Simone (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 1:26 pm

Want to know what's weird? She was talking to a much older friend before she moved to CA and he said that he knew a girl who moved to CA for business years ago. After living in CA for 3 years or so she woke up in the middle of the night to one of the famous CA earthquakes. The next day she went into work and said "Thank you very much for the job, I've loved working here. Don't take this the wrong way, but I'm going home." She moved back to NH the next week. Mommy never thought CA would be the place with the safer weather...
Purred by: Laura W

June 2nd 2011 at 1:30 pm


we are very happy you and finn and your family are safe.

mother nature is the one thing on the face of the earth that should be feared the most; more so than any man, beast, illness, or action..

her power is unlimited and holds no prejudice...her beauty as well as destruction compares to none...

we hope you have a safe and "quiet" evening...hugs girl from dai$y and the stinky boys
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 1:34 pm

Purrrfectly said Tabbies! Absolutely purrrfect. You know what though Simone? I do think you guys get more earthquakes then we get tornadoes. Although who knows anymore. I think Tink is right. There's no safe place anymore. Mommy was in Fort Walton Beach Fla. back in 1999 at Eglin Air Force Base. She saw a tornado going right down the runway! Could not believe her eyes and froze. She remembered the color of the sky and now when we get a storm here, she's not too concerned unless the sky turns that awful pukey shade of pea soup green. That's when she gets worried!
Purred by: Tink the Cat (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 1:44 pm

Now we've got hurricane season, and they predict the potential for more to form this year affecting the East Coast!!
And I know what you mean about that awful green color. Mom grew up in St. Louis, and she always noticed that bizarre color.
She was also a Red Cross Disaster Services volunteer, her last job was 9/11, so she knows it all too well.
Nowhere is safe. Mother Nature has lost her mind. We live in a small valley in the mountains and on a big river. Tornadoes lose their force having to twist upward on mountains, and they have to jump over big rivers, but they have been known to do this. Just not "usually". And a tornado COULD form under the perfect conditions to hover over and drop into our little valley, and totally wipe it out in under 30 seconds. Now, it's not LIKELY at all, but it is POSSIBLE, so we have to respect that!
Purred by: Finnegan (Finney) (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 1:48 pm

Wow Tink! St. Louis is much worse for that stuff than here! That's incredible your mom worked for red cross. Takes a special person to witness all that suffering and not lose it completely! Your mom is the kind of person who is so needed these days all over the place!
Purred by: Tink the Cat (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 1:54 pm

Thanks, Finney, her paying job was in retail management consulting, so her companies would often "donate" her time to disasters, so she could work the immediate crises full-time for 6 to 8 weeks. She was a Crisis Counselor, helping people to adjust & go thru the grief process.
Of course, now she does this for people who are putting their animals down.
Purred by: Finnegan (Finney) (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 2:10 pm

Another brave thing to do. Mom has a hard enough time dealing with all the kitty deaths online! Could never do it in person. No way.
Purred by: Gumpy Sweet Boy (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 2:23 pm

Hi Finney,
Yeah, like Tink said, our state was hammered last weekend. I didn't really realize how bad the damage was in the middle/west side of the state. But Pipo & Minko (WeeBeesSiamese) live close to where the damage was and there are several towns really torn up. They wrote about it in their diaries. It was actually only about an hour and a half from us - so we were lucky on Sunday. We get tornados here occasionally in Michigan, but not as much as other states, and isn't there an area called "tornado alley"? What is going on with the weather? It just won't stop. I'm so glad you guys are okay; we missed you last night, but your safety is the most important thing! I hope Tate and family and any others in the area are okay. Purring for those affected!
Purred by: Hunter *Dreamboat #82* (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 2:26 pm

Wow, thats some great NH history Mom didn't know about. I wasn't worried about the Tornado. Because if you think about it, its not something you can control. If its going to happen, it'll happen. There is no use in worrying about something you can't control, and my mom is a major worrier!

Mom had the tv on and was keeping an eye on the radar. Wasn't close to our house at all. We feel bad for those in MA. We're purrraying for them! Luckily our family and friends in MA are a-okay. Just goes to show you, mother nature is crazy!
Purred by: Blizzard AKA The Catfather (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 2:27 pm

Wees definately agrees with all dats been saids!!! Weve had MORE dan our shares dis year!!! ( We've hads more dis year than the last 10 years COMBINED!!!) HMMMMM. Maybees de Mayans were on to somethin???? NAAAAH!!!
Purred by: Tink the Cat (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 2:32 pm

Certain people are made for this. Mom was the catlover child and always went to the vet with her mom and their cats, so she was sorta raised with it. Her mom is more like you and would be extremely upset when they had to be put down, so she would be there also to comfort her. Some people are extremely plugged-in - just very empathetic & sensitive. Good qualities, and your mom is one of these.
She thought about it long & hard, but basically in 2008 they had to put down Cocoa, age 18, who had been hers for awhile and her mom's for awhile, and it was the same way. Then she talked to the vet who's a block away & they were all for it, because they didn't want to have to shuffle distraught owners thru multiple employees, so they started on a trial basis, and she went on to get totally certified in case she would ever want to do something different, or stop. Since it's a small town it's not constant, all-day.
Of course, she has a lot of support too - Pastor Mike was particularly helpful for this because he basically has to do the same thing for people, only they don't get to be relieved of their suffering. Seeing it as the kinder of two very bad choices helps. Even Catster is harder, because we often know these kitties better. But she always asks for a story particular to the kitty first. And she always cries. And she always feels relieved for the kitty. And she's always believed that kitties go to heaven. (preaching) God says heaven is LOADED with all the things we most love, in order to make us happy there! All she wants is kitties!!!
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 3:20 pm

Yup, tornado alley is from the dakotas down to Florida actually, mostly the panhandle area. Hunter I wasn't trying to say I wanted your mommy to worry constantly. My mom doesn't do that. No, you can't control a tornado but you CAN control heading for safety! And it's pretty rare for the state of NH to issue a tornado WARNING. That's as serious as it gets and they don't do that for on reason. So you need to know from seeing that stuff from 2008 that it is deadly and when they say take cover, they mean it. You can at least try and be safe. I think Blizzard and Tink really understand this well. It's the ones that don't think it'll ever happen to them that get it. Regular thunderstorms, mom is fine, even likes them. But when the sky looks like aliens are invading, it's time to get in the basement.

Gumpy I didn't know Pipo and Minko lived in the Mass area. But we aren't friends with them or Pigeon either. They never asked us. Glad they're all okay!

Tink you're right. There are certain kinds of people for everything. There are those of us who can do the pre-counseling and consoling afterwards. And there are important people like your mom and Simba's mom who help them make their journey a peaceful and loving one. Which is so furry important!

Oh my, we're watching the news now and this guy is so upset and in tears because he didn't listen to the warnings and get his pets to the basement in time. He didn't take it seriously and his kitties are all dead and he's beyond devastated. I'm not making this up either, I just saw it on the Boston news. That's exactly the kind of thing we're talking about.
Purred by: Gumpy Sweet Boy (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 3:29 pm

Lacey Wacey, Pipo & Minko live in MIchigan. I was referring to the storms and tornado in our state last weekend. It was very close to them.

Oh, that's so sad about the person who lost his pets. Heartbreaking. We were lucky that the really severe weather last weekend in our state missed us for the most part.
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 3:34 pm

Oops! got it Gumpy! So glad you are all okay also. I remember you telling us about it and how your mommy didn't take cover, MOL. Sorry. The stories coming out of these storms are incredible. A 39 year old mother through her child into the bathtub and shielded her with her body. The house pancaked and fell on top of her and she died protecting her child who lived. But good stories too. A house flipped completely upside down! The lady got sucked out of the house and has no idea where she even landed. She's got a sprained wrist and that's it!

Another inspiring story is this man was in his house, the house exploded in the tornado. He found himself on the lawn outside. Doesn't know how he got there. The only thing he and his daughter found that was in tact was the picture of his wife who JUST passed away and it's in a frame covered in angels. That's the only thing that's not in pieces. I don't think that's a coincidence! Some serious angel magic going on there!
Purred by: Jeanette C

June 2nd 2011 at 3:49 pm

Lacey we are grateful that you and our other friends are safe. Purring for all who lost homes and loved ones.

Little Bit & the SF Gals
Purred by: littleboy (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 4:04 pm

so furry glad you kitties are ok oh my! the weather has been so bad in areas, very scary. Ours is hot and not rain, but than't waay better than that scary stuff you got.
Purred by: Gumpy Sweet Boy (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 4:10 pm

Sweetie, it's not that she didn't take cover. She just left the store and went to another safe location. She did check the situation before deciding to get in the car (she found out that the storm was still some distance away). It made her a bit nervous at first, but she would not have gotten out into any severe weather if it was dangerous. The sky was still clear when she left. Just wanted to let you know that our mom isn't someone who would do something dangerous or dumb.
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 4:26 pm

Oh we know that Gumpy, I'm sorry! I really am. I was teasing and it didn't come out right. Plus you can't see my teasing face through the compuper. I keep forgetting that. Whoopsy!
Purred by: Mr D - D'boat #19 (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 4:33 pm

Purrs from us to everyone concerned. Lacey that's terrible about the person loosing all his pets. Then there's the story about the person on the lawn? wow!!! that's amazing.

I hope you are all ok it's a huge worry when you say it's tornado season and it'll probably happen again. That's a huge worry. Many many purrs from us.

It sure is a strange year as tornados are almost unheard of in New Zealand (we are into winter now) and we had one just over a month ago. It was very small compared to your ones. The repairs here are still going on. But at least we can repair it. We purr and purr you are all safe.
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 4:37 pm

Hi Mr. D. Any size tornado can do a lot of damage so it's good that you're okay too. New Zealand looks so beautiful. Mom always wanted to go there. She doesn't think she can sit in an airplane for 24 hours straight though.
Purred by: Callie (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 5:41 pm

We get tornados sometimes here in WI. You have to take the warnings seriously. They are so powerful and can cause so much destruction. It's been a very harsh year for weather this year.

Sending purrs and hugs to all who have been affected by the storms and tornados.
Purred by: Mietzi Katze♥ (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 8:03 pm

We live in tornado country here too in Iowa. So far we've been so very lucky. Mom isn't used to any of this stuff because they don't have tornados in Germany where she's from. She just came here 10 years ago.

We are so happy that you are OK. Very sad about all those affected by this crazy weather. It seems to be everywhere this year. Purrs and prayers for those who lost so much.
Purred by: Zachery Tristan (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 8:13 pm

Mom got chased by a Tornado right out side of Kansas City. She was driving on the highway and all she knew is that it was behind her but it was like 3 in the morning so she couldn't see it. Scary stuff.

Lacey I'm so glad you are okay and yes we are very concerned about all the floods, tornadoes and the upcoming Hurricane season. Which of course is a big time deal on our coast. Poor Outerbanks gets beat up every year.

I missed you guys last night.
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

June 2nd 2011 at 9:57 pm

Oh Iowa is definitely in tornado alley. Yikes! Why did your mom move here from Germany? Just curious. We love meeting people from other countries. It's so interesting to learn how different but the same we all are. We love it!! Whoa Zach, I never knew that your mom went through that! That's nuts! Have you seen any major hurricanes yet since you've lived in the carolinas?

You missed us? Oh you all continued the party tonight. You were all having a great time! Well deserved for Gumpy. Glad he had such a wonderful birthday. I highly doubt we'd ever beat all those posts. Not a chance. Seems so many of our friends that used to come to our diaries are gone now. We don't have that much action in our diaries anymore. Don't even know if we want to have our birthday parties.
Purred by: Kristina R

June 2nd 2011 at 10:52 pm

Tornado's are furrry scary!! We's have scares here all the time. We's live in western Illinois which gets hit with furrry bad storms constantly. Luckily in our county we's have been lucky this year no serious storms or tornados.
Purred by: Gumpy Sweet Boy (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2011 at 5:34 am

Lacey girl, I'm going to have to insist that you and Finney have a pawty! Of course we missed you. We were bummed that you weren't at the pawty. But your safety was most important. C'mon I wish you guys would start planning your pawty! It's not about the number of posts - geez! Your diaries always have action!
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2011 at 5:54 am

MOL Gumpy! Nooo, I only said that about the posts cause I saw your comment in your diary about us beating you at our next pawty. No way! I cannot believe you had a two day pawty! I don't think that's happened to us before. Plus yours was on a weekday. See how many kitties love you? TONS including us! It's so pawsome to see how much fun you had and how many kitties wanted to be there for you. It really is. We're so happy you had a wonderful birfday. I wish I could have made it more special for you. I'll make it up to you!
Purred by: Mietzi Katze♥ (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2011 at 5:49 pm

Lacey, Mom moved here because of her ex husband. He is American. (I'm American too. American Shorthair). We never met the guy. That was long before our time. But I'm sure we woudn't like him because he was mean to our Mom. We're sure glad that she moved here. Otherwise where would Timo and I live now? Mom is glad too. She said people in Iowa are nice.
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

June 3rd 2011 at 5:51 pm

Then we're glad too cause then we wouldn't have met you (well maybe, you never know. We still coulda met anyways but still...)

And BOOOOOO HIIIISSSSSS to him being mean to your mom! Our mom had a boyfriend like that for awhile a long time ago. NEVER AGAIN!
Purred by: ♥ Jezebel RIP ♥ (Catster Member)

June 4th 2011 at 1:21 am

Those tornadoes are scary - I'm from Dallas so I am kinda use to the sirens going off and having to go hide in the bathroom, but it is very scary stuff!
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

June 4th 2011 at 9:14 am

Hi Jezzy, we've never had our siren go off. We have sirens here that were used in WWII and we use them in cases of extreme emergency like when there's a big fire or accident and the police and firetrucks need to get through all the traffic. It makes everyone pull over, especially downtown. Never for a tornado though and I hope we don't need to.
Purred by: Cody (Catster Member)

June 4th 2011 at 6:29 pm

it sure has been busy with tornados and the season hasn't evenstarted just yet which is scarier I live in neb so we do get them so far we have been lucky but back in 04 in may we had a nasty one that destroyed a small town here . luckily it only killed one person one to many . but I recall that night they had spoted over at least 100 tornados mom and I thinking of all that has been affected and hopefully mothernature is done for a while.




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