- An interesting day. Parts of Texas
had received a lot of rain, so much so that some of the roads
had flooded. We were near the town of Plainview, with a developing
storm to our south that was getting better organized every minute
when we encountered some of the recent flooding. The northbound
lanes were completely under water, and the southbound lanes were
partially blocked by water, mud and debris. One car in the median
was up to its roof with water! A road crew was working on clearing
a path, but we were delayed getting through.
Just as we got through the barricade, a tornado was reported
on our storm. We could see it in the distance, but the flooding
had held us back enough that we never were able to get close.
The tornado was on the ground for about 10 minutes or so, and
at one point took on a large cone shape.
- In the chaos, our two vans got separated,
but later regrouped. As we waited for Brad Riley to catch up,
a local farmer pulled up and asked if we'd seen his cow that
had escaped in the storm.... Dude, where's my cow?