May 2007 After leaving Phoenix I flew into Witchita where my friend picked me up and we stayed a night then drove to Stafford Kansas. I stayed with my friend that I met on my European Trip. It was a nice relaxing stay. We visited Dillon Nature Park in Hutchinson and another day -----. After going for our normal evening walk, we got back home to hear thunder, which was the start of a whole new experience. My first and hopefully only experience of a Tornado.
The May 2007 Tornado Outbreak was an extended tornado outbreak that started on May 4, 2007, affecting portions of the Central United States. The most destructive tornado in the outbreak occurred on the evening of May 4 in central Kansas, as about 95% of the city of Greensburg in Kiowa County was destroyed by this EF5 tornado.The supercell killed at least 12 people including 10 in Greensburg and two in Pratt County by a separate tornado. At least 60 people were injured in Greensburg alone. It was the strongest tornado of an outbreak which including several other tornadoes reported across Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas and South Dakota that occurred on the same night. Thirty tornadoes were reported that night, which included some duplicate reports. Seven tornadoes were reported in Colorado on May 3 from the larger cyclone. The outbreak did not end there; a total of 111 tornadoes were reported on May 5 in the same area. Most were in open country but one fatality was reported in Ottawa County, Kansas near a county lake. At least 10 more tornadoes were reported on May 6 in the same general area before the activity calmed down.