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What are the natural disasters that happen or could happen where you live?

Inspired by this question: https://answermug.com/forums/topic/137304/have-you-ever-been-affected-by-a-severe-storm/view/post_id/956534/

The ones where I live would be blizzards, tornadoes, hail, high winds and now wildfires, which never used to happen but there have been quite a few grass fires nearby in the last few years.

Posted - May 12

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  • 41538
    There have been tornadoes in our area, but not often.
      May 12, 2022 1:30 PM MDT
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  • 4377
    I’m getting one right now.  I’m in the storm cellar with my family and all of my pets.  It’s like the middle of night outside right now.
      May 12, 2022 5:02 PM MDT
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  • 7950
    I hope you don't get any damage.
      May 12, 2022 5:41 PM MDT
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  • 4377
    I got the all clear message about 20 minutes ago.  It missed my house, but now I’m starting to see damage reports on TV from nearby places. 
      May 12, 2022 5:47 PM MDT
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  • 7950
    We're under a watch right now, so I think it's heading our way. 
      May 12, 2022 6:36 PM MDT
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  • 4377
    I just saw that on TV.  The storm that gave me the tornado warning less than two hours ago is  now entering Hennepin County.  Stay safe! This post was edited by Livvie at May 13, 2022 10:52 AM MDT
      May 12, 2022 6:54 PM MDT
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  • 7950
    Thanks.  The storm took a turn and missed us. However, there is another storm forming, and depending on its track and if it holds togther, it may come through around midnight.
      May 12, 2022 8:48 PM MDT
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  • 4377
    The tornado watch here expires in a few minutes. I hope we’re all done with this for the night!
      May 12, 2022 8:54 PM MDT
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  • 41538
    Yikes.
      May 13, 2022 10:51 AM MDT
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  • 9850
    Wildfires, earthquakes, droughts, landslides, extreme heat, and flash floods.
      May 12, 2022 2:29 PM MDT
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  • 4377
    I never experienced an earthquake or landslide, but I was near a wildfire in Colorado right after Christmas.  My kids were at my husband’s parents’ house.  They could see the orange glow from the flames at night from the balcony.  Their grandparents tried really hard to keep them from staring out the window, so it left us with a few weeks of dealing with nightmares.
      May 12, 2022 9:13 PM MDT
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  • 9850
    Wildfires are horrible.  The feeling one gets when that order to evacuate or to prepare to evacuate comes is terrifying.  The thought "this can't be real" keeps running through your mind.
      May 12, 2022 10:10 PM MDT
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  • 4377
    I didn’t hear about it right away because I was at an indoor trampoline park with the kids.  When we were driving back, we could see the smoke, but it took a while for it to sink in.  The guy on the radio said it jumped Highway 36, so we thought they were talking about the part of that highway that’s a two lane mountain highway, not the part of that highway that’s an eight lane freeway.  That was totally unexpected.  It didn’t register what was actually going on until I got a text from my cousins.  The boundary for the evacuation zone was the street behind their house.
      May 12, 2022 10:24 PM MDT
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  • 29461
    Tornadoes, hail, ice storms, flooding (flash and regular), earthquake, sink holes, drought, extreme heat....



    The only things, we do not get are hurricanes,  tynomi, and volcanoes. 
      May 12, 2022 4:45 PM MDT
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  • 4377
    That’s a not-so-nice variety. Earthquakes are something I never associated with the Midwest, but yeah, I forgot about the New Madrid fault line. This post was edited by Livvie at May 13, 2022 7:45 PM MDT
      May 12, 2022 9:16 PM MDT
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  • 29461
    We get little ones regularly. They say it is better to get the little ones because they prevent the big one. 
      May 13, 2022 7:47 PM MDT
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  • 1552
    Floods, tornado, hurricanes, wildfires. 
      May 12, 2022 4:45 PM MDT
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  • 4377
    Are wildfires new for you too? My parents said they never used to happen here, but thanks to climate change, we have a new natural disaster in the neighborhood!
      May 12, 2022 9:20 PM MDT
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  • 14718
    Bushfire, drought, extreme heat.
      May 12, 2022 5:03 PM MDT
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  • 4377
    Do you get a break in the winter? I was in Colorado the week after Christmas and they had a major wildfire which destroyed two cities. Previously, Colorado only had wildfires in the winter but now they have them year round.
      May 12, 2022 9:22 PM MDT
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  • 14718
    The week after Christmas is the middle of summer down here. We haven't had a major fire between June and September - yet.
      May 13, 2022 4:35 AM MDT
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  • 7950
    Same as you, since we're in neighboring states. 
      May 12, 2022 5:42 PM MDT
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  • 4377
    I know.  You get the exact same storms that affect my area a few hours later. 
      May 12, 2022 9:24 PM MDT
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  • 48816

      Approximately how far from each other do you two live, please? (Just a rough estimate with ten meters here or there will be fine. I’ll do the rest.)

    ~
      May 12, 2022 11:03 PM MDT
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