First Tornado|اولین گردباد

“108th story”

First Published: Sep.12.2019

A story by Laleh Chini:


A story by Laleh Chini:

In 1986; I lived in Charleston, a small city and the Capital of West Virginia with a population to near 50,000 at that time. Charleston had one shopping mall and a beautiful main street beside the river, and one vast picnic park.


One day there was a street festival in downtown, which at least half of the population participated — walking by the river with the loud music, between back to back crowd was very joyful.


There were many street foods along with the street concert. Many people were holding ice cream in hand; some kids had cotton candy. People were dancing and having the best time, my cousins and I were appreciating the happy moments.


I think it was around 3 pm when we started getting closer to the stage and were dancing with thousands of others.


All of a sudden, the sky got very dark, like a cold winter night. Clouds were compacting to extreme, the thunder’s voice was so loud that shook everyone’s bone structures.


We could feel the clouds would explode any second. Everyone started running without knowing where to. The out of leash wind started.


The stage went up high to the sky with all the instruments, and gladly the performers left the stage seconds before that. We all held hands and ran to find shelter. It was very dark, and it was hard to see.


Some store owners opened the doors to the public; God bless them; they saved us. The rain started pouring, and every drop was a bursting water balloon. Many other things that the tornado sucked in dropped back to the ground from the sky.


The beautiful Charleston turned into a disaster in just a few hours. We all survived along with many others.

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  1. Gosh, is that a true account? It reads like one. Terrifying. Yet all survived.

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  2. Terrible! When we read news about these things, its difficult to perceive the actual situations!!

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  3. Beautiful post and pictures. I’m glad that no one hurt. The interesting part is that we never had tornado and nature disasters before, as much as we do now in America.

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  4. Awful, but awesome. Seeing a real tornado is one of the main reasons I want to visit U.S.

    Unfortunately, those whirls are not wandering just on empty plains; they hit towns and cities, they bring disaster and tragedy.
    Nature is mighty and sometimes merciless. However, we should remember that we are not in nature’s hands, but in God’s hands.

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  5. How frightening, glad you’re ok x

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  6. Incredible! So glad you survived! I filmed a tornado that was close to our home once. I called the local news in Denver and they came to our house and interviewed me live and put my video on TV. It is surreal watching a tornado! God bless!

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  7. Congratulations, dear Laleh!

    I have nominated your blog for the Mystery Blogger Award.

    More about this nomination is at

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  8. What a terrifying experience, Laleh! Happily, these days we have better warning systems for tornadoes and hurricanes.

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  9. Living in Texas, I’m always fearing hearing those tornado sirens go off. I’m so sorry that you had to experience something so scary, but very grateful that you are here with us today to share this story with us, Laleh. It’s a great example of how things can change so quickly.

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  10. Being a resident of Kansas, what you’ve written hits close to home. Scary! Glad you are ok, Laleh. Those images are incredible and I’d love to dig my teeth into those ice cream cones! They look amazing.

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  11. What a life experience, living for moments in such horrible fear. You were saved for a reason, which is , that you contribute such wonderful words , stories and an amazing book to the world.

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  12. What a frightening experience. So glad you all survived. And it came suddenly unexpectedly, wow,♥️

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  13. Incredible story and photos, Laleh. Thanx for sharing.

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  14. Wonderful story with such vivid imagery. Hanging on to each word made me feel as though, I was there. 😊🌸

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  15. Whoa! What a horrible storm! But it was wonderful to read about the kindness of shop owners who let people in out of the storm.

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  16. Wow, what an experience. And with no warning? You were very lucky.

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  17. Any type of thunderstorm turns eyes to the sky, searching for potential harm from a funnel cloud. Your account definitely captured the trauma of the tornado hitting Charleston without warning.

    I have never experienced such an event, but we had a close call during a tornado warning at the middle school I was teaching at. Fortunately, the storm stayed south of our location.

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  18. You must have survived a terrible tornado, I feel sorry for you. Fortunately, there are no tornadoes in Poland, but due to climate change they can also appear over time.
    best wishes

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  19. Glad to know you all came out safe.

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  20. Thank you for sharing!.. have witnessed 4 tornadoes in my lifetime here on the prairies, do not wish for another… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May the sun shine all day long
    Everything go right, nothing go wrong
    May those you love bring love back to you
    May all the wishes you wish come true
    May peace be within you
    May your heart be strong
    May you find whatever you’re seeking
    Wherever you may roam
    (Irish Saying)

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  21. How frightening! I’m so glad you survived the tornado, dear friend.

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  22. Glad you came out of it safely. The weather can be such a teacher, no? Disciplinarian, consoler, lover, and alas, enemy.

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  23. Thank you very much, for another thoughtful story, Laleh! From the wonderful Charleston to Canada? What a journey through the States. 😉 Excuse again the late re-visit. I hope you and yours are well, and staying save. Have a beautiful weekend! Michael

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  24. That is so frightening and terrifying, you told the story as always so wonderfully, like am witnessing all of that. May God help us all in terrible times.

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  25. Wow that must’ve been scary. And now kind the shop keepers were. So glad it had a good ending.

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  26. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

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  27. Argh, tornados are awful, but this post is a real nice share.

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  28. Thank you for sharing this tough one though

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  29. Awesome story! It kept me on the edge of my seat. I’m so glad you all weren’t hurt!


  30. I saw a small tornado once in the middle of a volcanic dune but I guess it was nothing compared to the tornado you told us about.

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  31. I like the simplicity in your language and ease to understand your stories , no doubt that makes them popular

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  32. Wat heb je dit prachtig beschreven .In tornado gebied wonen moet schrikwekkend zijn op die momenten

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