In the last week or so I've heard the tornado sirens twice, twice watched the Channel Four Storm Tracker point the tornado Parallelograms of Death directly at my house, and even took cover in my basement once.
(The Channel Four weatherman is a big fan of phoning up your friends who are in the tornado's path and telling them to seek shelter. At one a.m. during the Jefferson City tornado he exhorted us to call our friends in JC, wake them up, and tell them to seek shelter. Had I any friends in Jeff City I might have done it, but what if they were already in the basement? I would hope they would stay in the basement muttering, "Yes, Ellen, I know there's a tornado.")
Everyone at work has a tornado story: just tree damage like ours, or a roof gone, or entire rooms gone. Friend 4 once lived in the apartments that were damaged in the Jefferson City tornado.
Tornadoes are getting too close.