Driving into the Abyss

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From the wind corridor to tornado alley our drive on day two became much more eventful.  Waking up in Davenport, Iowa at 6am we were greeted with torrential downpours which lasted all day long.

As we approached Cedar Rapids, Iowa the skies became even more furious.  At 3pm the skies above looked ripe for tornado formation but none were reported that day according to weather reports.  I couldn't believe just how black the sky can become with just storm clouds!  We don't typically see that kind of severity in Wisconsin even though we, too, are prone to numerous tornadoes! 

As we approach the city traffic slowed to 45 miles per hour and as we approached Kansas City the rows of vehicles ground to a near halt as cars had careened off the road after hydroplaning and emergency vehicles slowly waded through the congested lines of stopped traffic.

Our drive to Lawrence, Kansas for my niece's high school graduation took an unprecedented 16 hours because of the heavy rains for an entire day. Even our brakes became waterlogged after driving in it all day.  The trip normally takes 10.5 hours!

By the time we reached our hotel in Lawrence, ironically, the rain find came to a stop, but not before flooding several streets in the area with as much as 8" of standing water in low lying areas.


Flyinhigh says:
Posted on: Aug 19, 2009
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