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Other than the sweltering heat in the summer time in Oklahoma City the only dilemma are tornadoes I grew up in the middle of this tornado alley and eventually developed a sixth sense for detecting tornadic activity Even in the 1980s tornadoes were known for their violent crime wave vandalizing neighborhoods and kidnapping children and adults Imagine a beautiful evening in Moore a suburb lying on the outskirts of Oklahoma City Mom is in the kitchen and the kids are playing in the yard In a matter of minutes the sky turns green and large cumulonimbus clouds start to churn A crackle of thunder sends a chill up your spine followed by a strong odor of ozone that fills the air as Mother Natures fireworks illuminate the dark sky Large golf ball sized hail sting your window and a melody of car alarms play in the streets You panic as the lights inside your house start to flicker as the tornado touches down and it is reported as an F-5 the largest of all the tornadoes tearing through houses with awe-inspiring velocity The tornado engorges cars trees and small houses as it approaches your house Being prepared you descend to the storm cellar and brace yourself for the full impact of the unforgiving monster The tornado has left its calling card on your block A scrap of metal and glass resembling your car is found on your next door neighbors lawn The houses on your block have vanished leaving behind a scene of ultimate destruction Families stand outside telling stories of how their child was stripped right out of their hands as the behemoth rampaged through their houses Tornadoes are as serious as the SATs If you are not prepared for the test brace yourself for a huge impact When a tornado is coming you have only minutes to make life or death decisions Remember that there are only fifteen minutes for
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