I had this day all planned out but then a tornado got in my way!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital City 970700173

Seriously!  I had this day perfectly planned, I was going to make holiday cookies for a broker tour on Thursday, get caught up on a few blogs, update a few things on my website, exercise, follow up on some leads, you know, the everyday stuff but I have been behind the last few days. So, today was going to be my catch up day.  Wrong!

I went to the grocery store, came out, it had just rained, nothing unusual there.  Drove home, and the roads were white with what I thought was snow. Wrong again, it was hail, a lot of it!  We don't usually get that much here in Salem Oregon.

I called my husband to tell him about our exciting white roads and the auto accident around the corner.  He said there was a tornado that just blew through Aumsville Oregon (about 6 miles from our house).  Wow!  I get home, unload the groceries and turn on the news.  They are all talking about the tornado.  So I say to myself, "self, this is exciting!  We should blog about it!  Let's go get some pictures!

So I did.  They already had Main Street blocked off, so I went down a block, parked and walked.  They wouldn't allow even foot traffic on the hardest hit street, but I still got pictures of other damage.  

Aumsville Oregon Tornado Damage Plumbers Office on Main Street


Glass jars on still on shelves in plumbers store


Garbage bin smashes chain link fence


smashed shop in Aumsville Oregon


Trees down in Aumsville Oregon Tornado


Tornado Damage in Aumsville Oregon


Comments (14)

Dawn Crawley
Dawn Crawley Realty - Pinehurst, NC
Find Pinehurst Homes

What a mess. I bet you're glad it was 6 miles away! It only shows the power of mother nature and hope it doesn't come your way. Did you ever make the cookies for your open house?

Dec 14, 2010 10:05 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Well you may get a new job as news hound.  Was anyone hurt (hope not) and do you get a lot of tornadoes in your area?

Dec 14, 2010 10:06 AM
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

Nope, I decided to write blogs instead.  But, now I think I will go make cookies.  Just in case the tornado comes back our way and we loose power too!

Dec 14, 2010 10:07 AM
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

No James, we NEVER get tornadoes.  Once and awhile we see funnel clouds about 45 minutes from here, but this is unheard of.  I have not heard of any injuries yet.  

Dec 14, 2010 10:08 AM
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Catherine, I am in West Linn and my dog was going insane howling like I never heard her before..so I thought it might have been coming our way. Glad you are ok and no damage to your home! Great pictures! Sad for all those that had the damage.

Dec 14, 2010 10:49 AM
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

OMG, that happened near Salem? I lived near there for 22 years and we never had anything like that. I had to laugh at your line ... So I say to myself, "self, this is exciting! ... Reminded me of Bette Midlers' Sophie Tucker skits, but you may be too young to know what I'm talking about  :)

Dec 14, 2010 12:01 PM
Rodney Mason
Guaranteed Rate NMLS# 2611 - Atlanta, GA
VP of Mortgage Lending - AL, FL, GA, SC, & TN

It does look like a mess.  At least you were spared.

Cynthia....love the Bette comment.  Great entertainer there.

Dec 14, 2010 12:55 PM
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

Sorry Cynthia, I am too young to get it.  

Rodney-oh yes, we live about 6 miles from the touchdown, so no problems here, just covering of hail on the ground.

Dec 14, 2010 02:48 PM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

OMG, Catherine, I'm so glad you and your family are fine.  I sure hope everyone in the area is too!!!  It seems really strange for a tornado in your area, and this late in the year - is it?

Dec 14, 2010 04:12 PM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

Was watching this on the news. Had a mortgage broker call me from south Clackamas County telling me the skies had pretty much gone dark and the winds picked up. Scary, we just don't see those kinds of things here.

Dec 14, 2010 06:35 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Catherine, thank goodness you were not in the path of this tornado!     We heard about your weather here in Denver too --- very scary!


Dec 15, 2010 02:45 AM
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 www.marchantteam.com - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

Hi Catherine...for me it would be better NOT to know what was going on and then to later found out like you...I go spastic really easily!  lol

Cindy in Indy

Dec 15, 2010 04:10 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Wow, that's a scary scene.  I'm glad it didn't hit you.  Hope that's the last of tornadoes for your area.

Dec 17, 2010 02:17 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Catherine ... what a mess the tornado left....thanks for sharing the photos.

Dec 17, 2010 10:18 AM