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Fort Riley, Kansas TORNADO Nov 27, 2005

As we were driving home from the Kansas City Airport, we were coming home from a Thanksgiving visit in New York, we noticed the rain getting heavier.  The clouds were those creepy ones that always appear before a storm hits (some people say bubble clouds, the proper name is mammatus).  We had some hail, little pebbles that didn't concern us much.  We needed to run to the PX to pick up a few things for Zachary.  While we were in the PX the sirens went off.  No one seemed too worried about it, although being Kansas and in tornado alley, we should have reacted differently.  It was while we were driving home that we noticed something was wrong.  It looked like a tornado had gone through our housing area!  We talked to neighbors and found out that an F1 had gone through while we were in the PX.  That fast, 15 minutes, and that much destruction.  Thankfully, no one was hurt, but there were a few families that had to get temporary housing.  This website is to show the damage.

here is a picture of some mammatus clouds

Posted on Sun, Nov. 27, 2005


Parts of Kansas ducked tornadoes while others struggle with blizzard

Associated Press

More than 30 homes were damaged by a tornado that swept across Fort Riley, Kan., on Sunday afternoon, while half a state to the west, hundreds of motorists were stranded by a blizzard on a day that saw a strange mix of weather conditions - even by Kansas standards.

Fort Riley spokesman Maj. Christian T. Kubik said 17 families were looking for a place to stay Sunday night after their homes were among 32 that sustained damage from a tornado that touched down around 3:10 p.m.

He said most of the homes that were hit had broken windows and roof damage. There also were tree limbs down, and most of the fort was without power for one to four hours after the storm.

"We had no injuries, fortunately," Kubik said. "We're very happy about that. A tornado is serious business, and to have one come in and damage this many homes, we were fortunate nobody was hurt."

Joy Moser, spokeswoman for the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, said tornadoes were reported Sunday in Marion, Dickinson, Riley, Geary, Morris, Montgomery and Clay counties in the east-central part of the state.

Ft. Riley, Kansas tornado November 27th 2005