Re: Philmont Tornado
Jim Jaeger (jjaeger@NETSET.COM)
Tue, 24 Sep 1996 23:16:15 -0400
The twister actually started up on the hill behind the cabins at Harlan
camp. The director there (Eric) showed us some pictures they took from the
front porch. It took out their antenna, blew the side off of another
structure, and then hopped over to Vaca camp. A number of trees were downed
there, and then it rose up and headed down the canyon for Cimarron. Eric
raced up the hill across from his cabin with a walky-talky and alerted base
camp. It took a couple trys to convince them that a tornado was really
headed for town.
No injuries, but a lot of wet scouts. The staff there at Harlan made a big
fire, cracked open a box of cocoa mix, and got everyone warm and dry. They
had to put people up in cabins until they could get tents and bags dried
out. The whole episode was, in Eric's words, "pretty scary".
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