I was up until 3 a.m. Thursday morning because of Student Life production. About 2 1/2 hours later, I was woken up by a siren blaring to announce the arrival of the first tornado of 2014—what literally everybody wants to be woken by. I got on my iPhone’s Twitter app, did a quick search for “tornado St. Louis” and found that one had touched down in University City at 5:22 a.m.
Although a tornado touched down in University City Wednesday night, many students slept through the early-morning alarms as their peers sought shelter. Many students woke up to tornado sirens around 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning, but the Washington University Emergency Notification System otherwise only alerted students about the tornado warning via email.
Strong winds blew over a tent at a beer garden downtown, killing one and injuring about 100 during a tornado warning Saturday afternoon. The tent was set up behind Kilroy’s Sports Bar as customers celebrated the Cardinals’ 7-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The first wave of the storm hit at around 3:50 p.m., about an hour after the game ended.
Senior Andrew Warshauer was on his way to pick his girlfriend up at Lambert International airport on Friday evening when he stopped in the airport’s cell phone lot to make a call. Suddenly the wind picked up and debris started blowing around. Warshauer’s ears popped. Twenty to thirty seconds later his back windshield shattered, followed by his driver’s seat window. He was caught in a tornado.
Lightning branches across the sky outside of the Danforth University Center on Tuesday evening. The storm was part of a large system that spawned tornados across the Midwest.
Ashoka announced that Holi is postponed because of a tornado watch on Friday at around 1:30 p.m. According to a Facebook message sent out at 3:15 p.m. the event has been moved to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Holi, a religious festival observed in India, is annually celebrated at Washington University with a water balloon and subsequent mud fight on the Swamp on the South 40.