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Old 05-02-2009, 08:59 AM
 
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My wife and I have lived in Westville for over 30 years. She is from Orange County, CA. I'm from Denver. We had a little culture shock back then, but adjusted fairly quickly. It's not as isolated and backward here as one might think. Tulsa is indeed 90 minutes away, however Fayetteville, Arkansas and the Northwest Arkansas area is only 30 to 40 minutes away and has all the amenities that most communities across this country have. The schools here are progressive. There is no doubt, if you've done your homework, that there is a major challenge with illicit drugs in flyover country and Westville is no exception. Just be aware that a rural community such as Westville isn't as idyllic as one might think. Don't get me wrong. We're not tea totallers, but there are all the dangers here that there are there. All in all, we are happy here and have no intention of ever leaving. It is beautiful here in green country. This is home. Oh, by the way, we are from dry country too and the adjustment to the humidity was a major one. Just do what you do there. Stay inside during the hottest part of the day. More later as I think of it.
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Old 05-03-2009, 01:29 AM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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About all of Goodpasture's pieces of advice were good but I have a better indicator or final warning signal of tornado conditions from my personal experience. Back in June 1990, Stillwater was under a tornado warning when all of a sudden the electricity went off at my house. I had been following reports about the approaching tornado on TV. I reasoned, "Oh, no, that must mean this is it." I panicked, grabbed a mattress, laid down and covered myself with it in the hallway. In less then 30 seconds the horrible, frightening roaring sound of a tornado came over.

When it quit, I got up and found to my relief that the house still seemed to be intact. Checking outside in the backyard, though, I was saddened to discover that the 60 ft. or so cottonwood tree got uprooted. Fortunately, it spread itself across the backyard rather than on any body's house. My house was not damaged other than one of the two turbine vents blown off and never found.

The most intense area of this tornado, an F3 one, was several blocks to the north of me where a residential neighborhood sustained substantial damage, along with at least 3 apartment complexes west of there on Perkins Rd. In the area, a huge public water tank of the type that rises directly from the ground, rather than suspended, fortunately didn't burst open but sustained a broad shallow dent across it. Two neighboring schools nearby didn't get totally blown apart but had major roof damage.

Needless to say, I hope to God that the electricity never goes off again when there is another tornado warning.

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