(Photo by Pete Stasiewicz / August 4, 2008 Chicago Tribune)
I am back, but boy what a night! The tornado sirens went off downtown at 8pm and we ran down 5 flights of stairs to get to the basement garage to ride out the storm. I lived in Texas for 6 years and thought I had witnessed some intense lightening storms, but I never saw anything to compare with the two storms that blew through last night. Think strobe lights with insanely bright bursts with a few seconds of darkness between. Now, they are not calling this a tornado, straight line winds and micro burst are the terms I have been hearing, but the tv warnings were for a tornado. We really took it seriously when we started hearing city locations and times with us in the path. Hearing the sirens really triggered the adrenaline. Indiana had terrible damage as bad as a tornado would make. Here in the city there are lots of downed trees and power lines.