Sunday, May 6, 2007

What a Weekend

Our thoughts and prayers are with those that suffered a loss in the numerous rounds of severe weather this weekend. My heart sank when I heard about the loss of life with the storms in Greensburg because I felt like we didn't do our job in getting the information out to the people. However, after seeing the devastation and looking at the pictures of the tornado, it makes me wonder how there weren't more fatalities from the storm. You can take all of the proper precautions, but in a storm of that magnitude, there is bound to be some loss of life. In case you haven't heard, the tornado did receive an EF 5 rating with estimated winds at 205 mph and at one point was 1.7 miles wide.

The storms were very unusual in the fact that they stayed together for long periods of time and the rotation was just impressive, not to mention the number of tornado reports that we had both Friday and Saturday nights. What a weekend in Kansas weather. It's definitely one we won't soon forget.

It is amazing to see the outpouring of support from Kansans doing everything they can to help out. Thanks to everyone for being patient with us as we covered up more programming this weekend. There is a reason for our continuous coverage and the Greensburg devastation should serve as a reminder of that during future storms. Pictures continue to come into the weather office. I'm posting just a few of them here. Have a great week.


Anonymous said...

Just a big thanks from Ellsworth for the great reporting this weekend! Our hearts are with everyone in Greensburg as well!

Anonymous said...

I know you guys catch a lot of grief from people about interupting their TV show to provide severe weather coverage. Frankly, these people simply don't care about anyone but themselves and should take a good look at the complete ruin Greensburg is. My family went through the Hoisington tornado so I appreciate your coverage and hope you continue to interupt programming. I know you guys are working long hours and there are many people who appreciate what you do.

Anonymous said...

I am very thankful for the continous coverage all weekend. Seems like we spent a lot of time hanging out in the basement watching the weather, but when I saw the storms had hit that close, I'm thankful we did. What a weekend it was indeed!

Anonymous said...

I hope viewers every where will remember this as a reason to live life to the fullest and treat their loved ones like it was the last day they were alive. You never know when someone close to you could be taken away forever.

Anonymous said...

You guys did a great job this weekend keeping everyone informed. I can't tell you how many people have said they watched and was up probably as long as all of you were. You kept us posted and we truely appreciate everything you do. Our hearts go out to everyone in Greensburg and all the other communites that were hit. May God hold you all in the palm of his hand.

Anonymous said...

All weather persons-

Thanks for your reporting! By the grace of God we turned on the TV at 9:00 pm it was on Channel 6 earlier. We had NO IDEA a storm was heading to Greensburg. We had lived there and had family there. Because we turned on the TV my husbands parents were able to get to safety.

Family has been telling us we are heros for calling and telling them. We aren't heros- we did what we would want others to do for us.

THANK YOU for saving lives! If we would have relied on the city sirens- they would have been dead. They are handicapped and could not have got out quickly enough!


Anonymous said...

Ross I can't remember a time when my husband or my self watched so much weather coverage in a weekend and was sad to hear when one of my co-workers from ellsworth co. medical center called in sunday morning to say there new home had been hit on sat night but thought it was live able and that the garage and morton building were gone. for some strange reason her car was left with just the windows blown out.
Everyone has been so focused on the folks at greensburg that we need to remember that people in other counties have losses also and need everyones help in one way or another.
Keep up the good work we are grateful for all you guys at channel 12!!!

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