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Star Trek: Into Darkness & Tornadoes in Wichita, KS

Yesterday the wife and I went to the movie theater to see Star Trek: Into Darkness, but our plans were delayed because a “large & dangerous” tornado was spotted on the ground, southwest of Wichita, heading northeast across the city, the below video was captured southeast of Wichita.


The movie did start eventually, some 50 minutes after it was due to start and it was a great movie, I thought it was better than the first Abrams Star Trek movie, Benedict Cumberbatch plays an awesome bad guy. I won’t give too much away but I will say that you’ll see some interesting twists on the original star trek movies, I recommend you go see it, even if your not a Star Trek fan…

Back to the storm, while waiting for the movie to start, we were hearing the hail hitting the roof of the theater, hearing the thunder, feeling it shake the concrete block that is the theater. Wondering what damage was being done to our car in the parking lot, thankfully the car wasn’t damaged at all. Infact when we came out of the theater, it was bright and sunny like nothing had happened!

While travelling back home, N Woodlawn Blvd was closed off because of damaged power lines; windows were broken and on N Oliver St there were trees, fences and poles down. Later I watched footage of KSN, Kansas’ NBC channel retreating and reporting from their storm shelter as the tornado looked like it was heading towards their downtown studio on Main St here in Wichita.

This morning while driving my son to school, I noticed trees uprooted just quarter mile from where our house is located; so we were lucky to get away without any damage to our home, but this is part and parcel of living in tornado alley. The United States is a dangerous place to live, the east coast gets hurricanes, the midwest gets tornadoes, the west coast gets wildfires and earthquakes.

My heartfelt sympathies go out to the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado. There is 24 confirmed fatalities and 240 injured so far after the EF5 tornado laid waste to homes, businesses and schools in Moore, OK, which is located just south of Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon.

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