Dear God, it was HELL on earth this afternoon around 5:30pm!
I headed toward downtown Cincinnati shortly after round one of two rounds of thunderstorms passed through the Florence area. Along the way, it was still very wet, raining, and just plain nasty. I made it to Cincinnati about 5:10pm and headed into TJ Maxx to buy myself a shirt to wear.
Well, I came out of TJ Maxx about 10 minutes later, and was rolling along 4th Street when the sirens started blaring. All over downtown, you could hear those suckers...I didn't see what the big deal was, I thought the storms were east or north of downtown, but just to be sure, I called Channel 12 (did not have a radio handy). As it turned out, a storm was coming straight out of Boone and Kenton Counties. And, it was headed right for downtown.
I ran quickly down to 2nd street, then over to the Taylor-Southgate Bridge, thinking I could outrun it. I did not realize, however, that storm motion was 70 MPH to the northeast! Big miscalculation.
I was on the bridge when that sucker hit. All at once, it was heavy rain, winds to 60 or 65 miles per hour that nearly sent me into the wall of the bridge's pedestrian sidewalk, and pea size hail. And then 4-5 minutes later, it was over. Just like that. I couldn't believe it.
I later (around 8:30pm) ran headlong into winds of about the same force, but dry wind this time as opposed to winds carrying hail and very heavy rain. And it was the same thing...I blew around more than the leaves on the trees!
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