August 4, 2008 – It’s been one stormy night in Naperville with numerous tornado warnings, high winds, sheets of blowing rain and plenty of strobe-like lightning. I’m already hearing chainsaws in the neighborhood likely tending to downed tree limbs.
It started with obscure warnings breaking through on cable television from the emergency broadcast system which was illegible at best. We then turned the channel to WMAQ NBC Channel 5 and just as the specifics of the tornado warnings were flashing across the screen, the show went to a commercial break and the sevre weather news disappeared to make way for a Coca-Cola commercial. Not a very responsible act to viewers in the middle of what we experienced this evening. It’s disconcerting to see the almighty ad dollar can trump the wrath of deadly storms and tornados ripping through the area. Thank you Coca-Cola and NBC Channel 5. Needless to say, as the house shook, we did not hesitate in getting the boys out of bed and down to the basement.
I captured the picture above from from my front porch after the system moved eastward with lingering lightning filling the skies.