My wife (girlfriend at the time) was needing to drive home to Nashville to help her sister with her wedding, which was planned for Saturday. She came by the station and I told her that the weather is bad and that she may want to hang out in Bowling Green for a little bit. She really needed to go quickly, so I told her that she may make it, if she hurried. That was a bad call on my part!
About an hour later, we had a tornado warning for Warren County, KY. This was the county where WKU was located. As the storm approached, we could "hear" the hail falling! It sounded like static from a TV. I was on air before the storm hit, outside of the studios. As the sky darkened, I took cover. The tornado warning actually mentioned that WKU was in the path of the tornado. The tornado barely missed us, but the hail was a DIRECT HIT!
It was the worst hail storm I have ever seen! Baseball sized hail covered the ground and there were even some isolated hailstones that were as large as softballs! Click here to see some of the radar images. My truck, like most cars in Bowling Green, was demolished!
The local ABC affiliate, WBKO, has a good story reflecting back on the storm. You can click here to see their account of the day.
Meanwhile, keep in mind... my wife was heading to Nashville. Another storm was hitting downtown Nashville as she drove into town! Check out the YouTube clip below for what it was like in Nashville! Downtown Nashville had a F3 come right in to Downtown!
My wife made it through the storm and so did the rest of my family. Most of my family wokred in downtown Nashville as the tornado struck.
After I battled through the hail storm of Bowling Green, I made the 1 hour drive back to Nashville to check on my family. I'll never forget driving south on I-65 and seeing a DARK downtown skyline in Nashville. I had made that trip many times, but I never saw a dark skyline. It was very spooky.
I still can't believe it has been 10 years!