Caddo, Oklahoma: As The Tornado Passed By...

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Western sky in Caddo Oklahoma as the tornado passed by: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

Caddo Cafe: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lenderWe were celebrating Sue Simpson's 89th birthday at the Caddo Cafe when the tornado siren went off. Sue is the matriarch of GlenMar Ranch in Caddo.

The Caddo Cafe has a television in one corner, and we all looked up as the newsman announced that a tornado had touched down west of us in Tishomingo, and was moving to the east. 

Confirmed tornado: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender



Tornado Alley

Living as they do in "Tornado Alley,"  Oklahomans take these violent storms seriously.  You didn't hear anyone in Oklahoma on the news saying "I couldn't believe that this could happen.  It was like a movie."

I expect that's why so few lost their lives compared to the rest of the country as it moved east through Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina.

Still, we were fortunate to escape the path of the tornado.  Caddo (on the map below) is just behind the announcer's clip-on microphone on his tie. 

It's a birthday none of us will forget!


I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson Arizona Mortgage Lender.

NMLS #223495

SUNSTREET MORTGAGE llc ~ Correspondent Mortgage Bank
Offices (AZ) Mesa, Tucson, Sierra Vista, and Nogales.

Comments (35)

Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Isn't that an unusual sky?


They sure can!  I don't know what you mean by the candle reference.


I'll bet you have some stories!


I have more, and I'll post them later.


I'm glad it missed you!


That they have!


Eleven.  The lightning was frequent.


Thanks for your comment, and for the one on Facebook.  See you next time.

Mike in Tucson


Apr 18, 2011 03:11 AM
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

I can't imagine what that would be like as I've never experienced anything quite similar to a tornado.  The ominous sky is quite a sight. 

Apr 18, 2011 03:18 AM
Kris Mon
RtownLiving - Raleigh, NC

It was a horrible day in Raleigh on Saturday as well, which is very uncommon to have a tornado go through our immediate area.  I took some video and pictures of the aftermath (on my blog in AR), and it was just heartbreaking to see what happend a couple of blocks from where I live.

Apr 18, 2011 03:37 AM
Brett Reichel
Homebridge Financial Services - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
MLO 210215

Wow......that is scary.....I can't imagine going through one of in the Pacific Northwest, about all we hae to worry about is a volcano going off every 100-500 years.....(ok, we have to worry about the big earthquake someday too...)...


Apr 18, 2011 04:53 AM
Bob Zorechak - ABR, GRI, e-PRO
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan - Morristown, NJ
Sells Homes in Morris/Somerset/Hunterdon Cos., NJ

Glad to hear you are okay and the birthday girl got to reach another year.

Apr 18, 2011 04:56 AM
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Wow, the lightening strikes and clouds make for a good picture but the reality of the situation is anything but. 

Apr 18, 2011 05:00 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Stunningly beautiful sky....and so grateful that you are alright. Very dangerous! I know many have been devastated by this and it's just so sad.

Apr 18, 2011 05:09 AM
Don MacLean
New England Real Estate Center Inc. - Easton, MA
Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton, Mass 02356

It seems the missing of the tornado was a present in itself

Great photo to boot

Enjoy the day

Apr 18, 2011 05:50 AM
Eleanor Thorne
Equity Resources - Cary, NC
Equity Resources 919-649-5058

We had a mess in Raleigh!  It was QUICK, and it was broadcast everywhere too.  We did the Bathroom huddle.  Tons of Insulation, kind of rained.

Apr 18, 2011 06:11 AM
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Scary experience, I'm sure.  My brother's mother-in-law lost her home to a tornado as it passed through Laurel, Maryland, a few years ago.  It was the same one that touched down at University of Maryland and plucked a car with two students right out of the parking lot, killing them both.  Ironically, their dad worked for the University's rescue fire service and was a first responder.

Apr 18, 2011 06:21 AM
Eileen Liles
970-216-0530 - Cedaredge, CO
Macht-Liles Real Estate Group - Cedaredge, CO

I was on the phone with our best friends who live betwen Caddo and Atoka.  It was a very scary and deadly evening.  Tornadoes are one of the things I don't miss about living in the south.

Apr 18, 2011 08:01 AM
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

My friend I am glad that you all are alright.  I can only imagine the racing hearts and the increase in blood pressure with all that weather going on around you.

Apr 18, 2011 08:15 AM
Cory Barbee
San Diego, CA
Broker (760) 563-4022

Glad to read your safe...never been through a tornado..just a few earthquakes...

Apr 18, 2011 08:30 AM
Larry Costa
Century 21 Classic Gold, Carver MA - Carver, MA
Realtor, MA Real Estate

Thta was pretty scarey watching all the newscasts. I have family in Alabama but luckily it stayed clear of their area.

Apr 18, 2011 09:37 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Now that was one scary tornado.. I grew up in Ok and I take those funnel clouds seriously.

Apr 18, 2011 02:56 PM
Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~

I guess they are saying there are more coming for the next few weeks...  too scary for me!

Apr 20, 2011 01:34 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Thanks for your comments!  It was a mess, and like Doreen said, it's just the beginning of the season.

Mike in Tucson

Apr 20, 2011 01:40 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

WOW Mike ... What a great cloud & lightning capture! Tornado's are very destructive and back in 1965 when I was a kid 13 tornado's rolled through our neighborhood picking up homes along the way, it is a memory that I will never forget! Congrats on the feature from AR and your post has been also featured at one of my favorite groups at AR ...

CLOUDS AT ACTIVERAIN (clouds attached)


Vegas Bob ;o)

Apr 23, 2011 06:34 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

Vegas Bob,

Thanks for the feature!  We were blessed to be just south of where it touched down.

Mike in Tucson

Apr 23, 2011 07:43 AM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Mike, Glad all was well with you and the people you were with.  We had warnings come up on our TV for the first time ever that I can remember a few weeks back, but nothing materialized luckily.  I could not imagine living in the potential path of twisters.  Give me gobs of snow any day. 



May 03, 2011 03:35 PM