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    Default Area residents among those awakened by 5.6 magnitude Oklahoma quake

    Area residents among those awakened by 5.6 magnitude Oklahoma quake

    5.6 magnitude tremor centered 8 miles west of Pawnee

    BY ARIEL COOLEY acooley@joplinglobe.com
    Page 7A Sunday Sept 4, 2016


    Residents throughout the region were shaken awake early Saturday by an earthquake in northern Oklahoma.

    The 5.6 magnitude earthquake — matching the strongest quake to ever hit the state — occurred at 7 a.m. and was centered 8 miles west of Pawnee according to the United States Geological Survey.

    Debi Brown Downs, of Joplin, was one shaken by the temblor.

    “My bed was bouncing,” Downs said. “What was strange was it wasn’t back and forth. The windows didn’t rattle or pictures shake, but my bed went up and down as the foundation went up and down.”

    Downs said she initially thought it was just her dog under her bed.

    “Even after I got up, I thought how weird that was and I was losing my senses,” she said.

    It wasn’t until she saw the news on Facebook that she realized she had just experienced an earthquake.

    Downs said she has only experienced two earthquakes and both have been in the past five years.

    The 5.6 magnitude earthquake equaled in strength the other largest earthquake in recent history, which was recorded near Prague, Oklahoma, in November 2011.

    The shaking could be felt across seven states, according to the USGS.

    Pawnee received “moderate to mild damage,” according to Mark Randell, Emergency Management Director in Pawnee County. “There’s no severe damage at this time,” he added. “We have ongoing damage assessment with the state.”

    There are currently three buildings with moderate damage, he said, as well as several others with minor damage where access has been blocked until a structural engineer can determine whether or not they are safe.

    Rickie Bowerman, of Carthage, thought Saturday’s earthquake was “very mild.” Growing up in California, he said he has experienced much worse.

    He was alerted to a disruption when his wife’s service dog began barking.

    “I thought he was letting me know it was something wrong with my wife, then I felt the house shake a little,” Bowerman said. “It wasn’t like I’m used to in California. It wasn’t even enough to wake my wife up, but it did scare our dogs.”

    Bowerman lived in California for 31 years and said some of the earthquakes he witnessed were “violent enough to literally knock you out of bed or cause you to fall if you were walking.”

    If he hadn’t already been awake, Bowerman thinks he would have slept right through the earthquake.

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    Default Residents begin surveying damage as tornadoes confirmed near Wheaton, Purdy, Miller

    Residents begin surveying damage as tornadoes confirmed near Wheaton, Purdy, Miller

    By Emily Younker eyounker@joplinglobe.com
    May 1, 2019


    WHEATON, Mo. — Bob Hughes should have spent Wednesday morning reviewing a new $75,000 addition to his business, Southwest Auction Service, on the outskirts of Wheaton. It was to have been the final walk-through before he made his last payment on the project.

    Instead, he spent the morning fielding phone calls and visits from concerned friends, family members, neighbors and volunteers who sought to help him clean up after his property was struck one day earlier by a tornado, which left a trail of debris in its wake.

    "We've just got great people around us," he said while standing amid the rubble on his 80 acres. "If you live in Southwest Missouri, you're family. We're resilient."

    Damage at the Hughes property, on which there were several structures, was among that listed in communities across the area after a string of tornadoes moved through on Tuesday.

    From Tuesday afternoon into the overnight hours, the National Weather Service station in Springfield issued 42 tornado warnings, 30 severe thunderstorm warnings and nine flash flood warnings across Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas and the Missouri Ozarks, meteorologist Cory Rothstein said.

    "It was a very active day," he said. "We had multiple modes of severe weather: supercells, a squall line of storms that developed after the supercells, and then a large amount of rainfall and flooding."

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    Default Eight years after 2011 tornado, community safe rooms provide shelter from storms

    Eight years after 2011 tornado, community safe rooms provide shelter from storms

    By Kimberly Barker and Emily Younker news@joplinglobe.com
    May 21, 2019


    Kay Johnson on Tuesday talks about the community shelter at Kelsey Norman Elementary School in Joplin.
    The retired secretary at the school is among the volunteers who open the safe rooms outside of school hours.
    Since the 2011 tornado, the Joplin School District has built at least 14 safe rooms, which also serve the public, especially residents
    in their specific neighborhoods. She said she sees Joplin as more storm ready than in 2011, especially because of the safe rooms. GLOBE | ROGER NOMER

    On May 22, 2011, Kay Johnson and her husband took shelter in a hall closet in their home as an EF5 tornado struck Joplin, killing 161 people and damaging thousands of residences and businesses.

    Today, eight years later, the couple say they have a safer place to seek refuge — a community safe room at nearby Kelsey Norman Elementary School, which opens to the public in the case of severe weather.

    "I absolutely do" feel safer with access to the shelter, said Johnson, who just retired as the longtime Kelsey Norman secretary. "I never want to have that fear we all had that night. I want to do everything I can to keep my family safe."



    Minutes away

    In Joplin, the safe rooms — most of which double as gymnasiums for schoolchildren during the day — are opened to the public automatically in the event of a tornado warning for the city. They also can be and have been opened, at the discretion of district officials, before a warning is issued, especially in situations when counties to the west of Joplin are experiencing inclement weather.

    The Globe took a few test drives from different areas of Joplin to determine how long it would take, on average, to find the nearest storm shelter.

    Residents living near the Joplin Regional Airport would drive about 5 miles, or 12 minutes, to Royal Heights Elementary School — or they could shave down their time by driving about 4 miles, or eight minutes, to Webb City High School. Those living near Schifferdecker Park can drive less than a mile down the road to reach Jefferson Elementary School’s community storm shelter, a trip of a minute or less.

    On the east side of Joplin, residents living near Missouri Southern State University can travel approximately 2 miles, or seven to eight minutes, to reach safe rooms at Royal Heights or Eastmorland. From the Walmart store at 15th Street and Range Line Road, drivers would reach Eastmorland in less than a minute. And with the temporary closure of the safe room at Columbia, residents of north Joplin would travel about a mile to West Central instead; in stormy conditions, that can be done in five minutes.

    In many of those scenarios, it appears that residents could quickly reach a community safe room in Joplin. And tornado warning lead times, the interval between when a warning is issued and when the tornado occurs, continue to improve with the advancement of technology such as next-generation satellites, meteorologists say.

    Two decades ago, the average tornado lead time nationwide was about seven and a half minutes, according to the National Weather Service station in Springfield. In 2011, that time frame had increased to 14.5 minutes; in 2013, it was about nine minutes.

    Why the decline in recent years? Tornadoes rated EF3 and greater tend to have longer lead times, of 15 to 25 minutes, but the advent of social media and better technology means that smaller tornadoes, which tend to have shorter lead times, are more frequently reported and recorded, driving that average down, said Cory Rothstein, a meteorologist with the Springfield station.

    “You have a lot of these weaker tornadoes that may have not been reported before that are now getting reported because people have cameras available and can post it onto Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,” he said. “It becomes a lot easier to access information than what we had in the past.”

    In most instances when a tornado watch is issued, people tend to have a few hours to prepare for bad weather before any potential tornado actually occurs. Rothstein said residents should be watchful of the weather and have multiple ways to receive warnings, whether it’s a phone, television or weather radio.

    When a warning is issued, residents should shelter in place or, if close to a safe room, go there, Rothstein said. Residents who want to seek shelter in a community safe room should plan to go there immediately.

    "Make sure you have multiple ways to receive these reports and know where safe rooms are at," he said.


    The Neosho School District plans to construct a FEMA safe room at its replacement for Goodman Elementary. The Goodman school was destroyed
    by a tornado on April 4, 2017. The school building itself is expected to open for the fall term, and design work on the community safe room is underway. GLOBE | ROGER NOMER


    'A great asset'

    Hundreds of residents have sought shelter in the Joplin safe rooms since they opened four to five years ago, said Kerry Sachetta, assistant superintendent of operations for the school district.

    "I think it has worked well," he said. "I think it's obviously a great asset to the community. We're happy to provide this opportunity for the community because we definitely don't want a repeat of what happened eight years ago."

    Outside of school hours, the safe rooms are overseen by a mix of school staff members and community volunteers, dedicated groups of people organized by the principals who can ensure that the structures are being used properly.

    Johnson, the retired Kelsey Norman secretary, is one of those volunteers. The Kelsey Norman safe room has been well used by the neighborhood, at one point drawing more than 250 people during one stormy night in its first year of operation, she said.

    Last year, she sought shelter there four or five times, and she has taken refuge there at least twice already this spring, she said.

    Johnson said she feels that Joplin, as a community, is safer and more tornado-ready than it was eight years ago, in large part because of the community shelters available to residents.

    "The memories of that day, we'll never forget," she said. "And we want to be safe."


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    Default Inside the world of: tornado survivors

    Inside the world of: tornado survivors Pt. 1

    Real stories, real people – caught in the storm

    by: Liz Chandler
    Posted: May 22, 2021 / 02:32 PM CDT / Updated: May 22, 2021 / 04:44 PM CDT


    JOPLIN, Mo. — On May 22, 2011, everything changed for one Midwest city. The EF5 tornado that struck Joplin was the seventh deadliest tornado in U.S. history, killing 162 people, displacing 9200 residents and destroying 25% of the town.

    The traumatic experience affected everyone in the area in some way, but each person has a unique story of what they went through that fateful Sunday afternoon. This is inside the world of: tornado survivors.

    Lee Humphrey

    Local artist, wand maker and performer Lee Humphrey was at his home at the Hampshire Terrace apartments when the storm rolled in.

    Humphrey heard something thump on the roof and went outside to check it out. Hail.

    “I looked out over Dillon’s and I don’t think I’ve ever been that scared in my life. The whole sky was just black and there was just this little strip of purple that I don’t ever want to see again,” said Humphrey.

    Train tracks laid nearby. He thought he heard a train coming, but quickly realized that what he was hearing was much worse.

    “By the time I got back to the door of our apartment building, I was already being pelted with stuff,” he said.

    “‘We’ve got to get out of here,'” said Humphrey’s wife, Diane, as he stepped into their upstairs apartment.

    They joined their neighbor across the hall — a young woman with a baby. They all ran downstairs and hid under the stairs of their apartment building.

    “I was kind of standing with them in front of me against the wall and my back to the hallway. I knew it was going to be bad when the carpet that was sitting in front of the door just shot across the floor. And then it started building and building,” said Humphrey.

    All they could do was hold on.

    “It got terrible. It was awful. First the front door came off, then the front of the building came off and then the roof came off. And then it slowed down a little, tiny bit. I’m thinking ‘I know where we are, this is not over yet.’ And it wasn’t,” he recalls.

    “It came back. We had just gotten out of the eye of it. It was worse than before. I think I screamed a couple times. ‘Okay, take me. I’m ready.‘”

    His wife and neighbor were doing Hail Marys.

    “It got worse and it got worse. I figured I was dead, we were all going to die,” he said.

    When the second wave came around, most of the building was gone, making them exposed to the elements. Humphrey’s scalp became embedded with pebbles.

    “It finally let up. We’re all just standing there. The really weird part about it was that baby never made a sound… I didn’t really know what to do at that point,” he said.

    Humphrey managed to exit the building to observe the aftermath.

    “I think that was the only time I really just broke down. Because I saw the front of the building, and there was a big thing of water shooting out and the place was just destroyed. Completely destroyed… I just stood there in the Dillon’s parking lot and cried. But I had to stop,” he said.

    He went back to the apartment complex and got his wife, neighbor and her child out of the building.

    By the end of the day, Humphrey and his wife made it to the former Memorial High School where they spent the night in the gym. For the next few weeks, they stayed with Humphrey’s daughter. Then, they ended up finding permanent residency at an artist loft owned by his daughter’s landlord.

    Although traumatizing, the tornado was a pivotal moment in Humphrey’s life.

    “You don’t ever want to have that kind of experience, but years later I’m thankful that I did because it changed so many things in my life,” said Humphrey.

    He stopped doing drugs and drinking, and learned how to forgive himself and others. Now, he’s making up for what he wasn’t doing before the tornado.

    In ten years, this was the one of the only times Humphrey has told his story.

    “I’ve never really told anybody this before. It’s a little more difficult than I thought it would be… I’m glad I did. I needed to get that out of my system,” he said.

    Judy Miller

    Judy Miller was at St. John’s hospital with her husband and their daughter Julie, who was an inpatient, on that seemingly normal Sunday afternoon. When the tornado warning began, hospital staff moved Julie, who was typically in a wheelchair, into the hallway on a hospital bed.

    “All of a sudden, it sounded like a bomb hit that building. It was just this huge blast and when it happened, all of those doors flew open to the patient rooms and all of those windows blew out. It was like a wind tunnel,” said Miller.

    Judy’s husband, afraid that Julie’s bed would flip over, stood on it and held on. But the wind began to pull Julie out of her bed.

    “He was up over her in the bed, holding onto each side of her bed. It began pulling them down the hallway toward the end of the hallway where the windows were gone. It pulled them probably 15, 20 feet,” she recalls.

    Suddenly, the tornado stopped. But it was far from over.

    “Here it comes again. It just seemed like it went on forever. When it was over, we looked around and it looked like a bomb had gone off in the middle of that building,” she said.

    Miller saw nearby patients who were impaled by pieces of the building, had broken legs, head injuries and more.

    “Honestly, I have to say that the hand of God was right over us because we were not hurt at all. Not a scratch, not a bruise, nothing. Everyone around us was injured,” said Miller.

    They waited for help to come… Julie told her mother to listen.

    “‘I don’t hear anything,'” Miller responded.

    “‘Exactly,'” said Julie. “‘Mom, there are no sirens… Nobody’s coming.'”

    They began to smell smoke. They transferred Julie to a chair and started moving debris out of the way. When they got to the stairwell, they couldn’t get through the jammed door. Two nurses and Judy’s husband kicked and banged on the door until it opened.

    “When we first got outside, everything, all of the vehicles, the whole building, everything was just black. I mean, just black,” she said.

    Eventually, they arrived where their home once stood.

    “There was nothing left. Nothing. It was just gone,” said Miller.

    “You don’t forget it. It really changes you. It really teaches you what matters… Things that used to seem really important, just don’t matter anymore,” she said.

    The tornado’s ten-year anniversary is bringing up a lot of memories for Miller.

    “That innocence is gone. How you like to stand out and watch the rain and thunderstorms, we don’t do that anymore,” she cried.

    But Miller will never forget the help from others her family received during this difficult time.

    “Almost everyone we knew came to help, but there were lots of people that we had never seen before and have never seen since… There are so many good people,” she said.

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