Most of the people I know think of me as being UK based; a few close friends remember that four years ago I visited a close personal friend - who has passed away - in Canada, while i was there we witnessed two tornadoes; only from the edge of the storms.
The first happened on the day of the Billy Currington show at Kamloops, not far from Edmonton; the storm hit within minutes of the announcers getting told of its arrival; there was a lot of accusations hurled at the announcers for not warning the crowds, especially as one girl died when she was hit by a speaker stack. What people failed to realise is the announcers had no time to send a warning and IF they had, you can imagine the mass panic as thousands of fans at the show ran for their cars. It was a sad loss for the family concerned and Billy sent a personal note of grief to them.
The second happened a lot closer to our home in Lac La Biche, Alberta; this storm hit Edmonton which was only about 100 miles from us. My friend's daughter was almost hit by falling masonry as chunks of the hotel she stayed got ripped from the roof as she approached; hours later the hotel was hit by another storm which knocked the power out for two hours.
On both occasions, although we were on the edges of the storms; they high winds and driving rains made the house shake. I cannot imagine what it is like being in the storm, all I can think is you had to be afraid that you would not survive the storm and when it was over, you thanked the Lord for saving you.