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The Water Cooler – The Worst Storm You’ve Ever Experienced – When & Where?


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QUESTION: Do you remember the worst storm you’ve ever experienced? If so, when and where was it?


Talk about it….


Throw The Book... January 4, 2023 - 12:07 PM - 12:07 PM

A typhoon on a very small boat coming out of PROC, very violent and it was an inland waterway.
Another time was flying into Hong Kong during a typhoon, silence on plane you could here a pin drop. Pilot jamming the engine speed to max, then jamming all the way back to idle, wings dipping back and forth, I just thought either we would make it to landing okay or we would all go down…

Concord Guy January 4, 2023 - 12:07 PM - 12:07 PM

I was in San Juan Puerto Rico on a business trip in September 1996. Hurricane Hortense wasn’t projected to hit the island, but it made a turn and made landfall. It was an incredible experience that I wouldn’t want to go through again.

Roz January 4, 2023 - 12:25 PM - 12:25 PM

Think it was sometime in early 2000’s. The daughter wanted to go shopping in Pleasanton area.
The rain was coming down so fast & heavy, you would think you were going through a carwash.
Just to walk from the car 30ft to the shop, we got soaked, …. really soaked.
It was even getting too unsafe to think about driving home.
Got to the point where we stayed inside the shop for an extra hour for it to slow down.
We were joined by a few other customers who were drenched too. LOL!

Original G January 4, 2023 - 12:26 PM - 12:26 PM

1963 was worst, parents had moved us to Clayton year before. House sits 4 foot above street. Remember looking out bedroom window watching Dad dig a 60 foot trench on side of house from back yard to front yard to drain flooded back yard. Then pump 2 foot of water from crawl space.
After buying place put in 4 inch drain line out to street, three down spouts and one of neighbors so hydraulic pressure won’t blow out 4 foot retaining wall/fence again.

Dawg January 4, 2023 - 12:59 PM - 12:59 PM

A typhoon in Vietnam on a hot and humid day, with high winds and heavy rains that lasted for several days, and left the ground wet and muddy.

Hanne Jeppesen January 4, 2023 - 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM

I think it was the one in January of 1982. I lived in Marinwood, my daughter was a year and half, and my ex husband worked in the City. Not sure if the Golden Gate Bridge was closed, but my ex decided to stay with a friend in the City rather than driving all the way to Marinwood. I think that was the same storm where a couple died in Pacific due to their house being buried in a mudslide. We had a huge oak tree in the backyard, and it was int he corner of yard, there were 3 step from the lawn down to the area where the tree was, needless to say that whole area got flooded. Some racoons had a ball in the water. We had to get a sump pump to pump the water out, since it is not good for the roots of the tree will rot if they are immersed in water too long. That storm also the hart in the Santa Cruz mountains, other areas as well. I mostly remember the story about the couple in Pacifica, because my ex husband and I had friends that lived there.

Jeff (the other one) January 4, 2023 - 1:37 PM - 1:37 PM

1976 in Spooner Wisconsin. Tornado ripped through the area. We were staying in a cottage, and a branch off a very large tree (3 ft diameter) landed on the roof, smashed in a small bit of the corner. Fortunate the trunk of the tree landed next to, and not on, our cottage. All the aluminum row boats tied to the pier were half way across the lake, most upside down (and I guess, lost). Trees felled in the area prevented us from leaving a couple days (until chopped up by chain saws). I was a kid, but still recall the loud rumbling we heard as the funnel past us. No cottages trashed, though.

DD January 4, 2023 - 1:37 PM - 1:37 PM

In 1979 experienced Hurricane David while on a Navy Ship in the Caribbean.
Not worth doing again.

Cowellian January 4, 2023 - 2:06 PM - 2:06 PM

I got to enjoy Hurricane David in Charleston. The following year we got to ride out one of the Atlantic Hurricanes at sea. Fortunately, we didn’t have to surface, but even at 400′ we were doing some serious rockin’ & rollin!

In 1981, the Navy sent us to sea to ride out Hurricane Emily, leaving our wives and families to fend for themselves. I’m happy that neither my family, home, nor ship were damaged.

Stewart January 4, 2023 - 1:41 PM - 1:41 PM

Hurricane Iniki (Cat 4 hurricane) in early 90’s while visiting family in Hawaii.

My cousin’s roof blew off his house during it.

Gittyup January 4, 2023 - 2:21 PM - 2:21 PM

Sometime around 1950, my father was in Korea and our house (partially) and walnut orchards flooded. We were between Avers Road and Kirker Pass on Concord Blvd. A small creek ran through the area which was latter controlled. I believe it was the same creek that now runs behind Safeway in Clayton. Big mess for my mom to clean up. She got sandbags and the neighbors helped her. It was a total surprise and completely unexpected. We were new to the property in 1949 and that was the first and only time it happened.

California Toad January 4, 2023 - 2:28 PM - 2:28 PM

I was about 8 years old, going down to Endeavor Hall in Clayton (we called it “Holy Ghost Hall”) after school. Heavy rain, heavy wind, and Mitchell Creek was raging, deep, and roaring loud. The old wooden bridge was vibrating, with angry water boiling nearly level with the wooden slats. No one was around. I couldn’t decide whether to cross or not. I did – ran across okay. Definitely wouldn’t do that again – but what do 8-year-olds know?

domo January 4, 2023 - 3:03 PM - 3:03 PM

… around 1982 maybe 1983 …. rain in WC for 30+ days to some degree (some light – mostly heavy) … the creek along Civic Dr overflowed …. it was before they built the cement channel up

Dakota Guy January 4, 2023 - 4:39 PM - 4:39 PM

1966 blizzard in North Dakota. You could barely see the house across the street for about 12 hours. The snow was so deep that my dad opened a window and I slid down a snowbank so I could get out and shovel. Huge snowdrifts later made for awesome snow forts and school was canceled. I still remember City front loaders piling the snow on either side of the street so high that, as a kid, the streets looked like they had walls on either side. I loved it but I’m sure my parents felt the opposite.

Bill January 4, 2023 - 5:34 PM - 5:34 PM

I don’t remember the exact places and dates of storms I’ve been in however I hope tonight’s storm is not the worst I’ve ever esperienced. Be careful everyone.

Daniel January 4, 2023 - 7:38 PM - 7:38 PM

Also North Dakaota in the 60’s hail stones big as basballs shattered all the windows on our family’s car.

Bill January 4, 2023 - 8:36 PM - 8:36 PM


ClayDen January 4, 2023 - 8:51 PM - 8:51 PM

Around 2005, I was in Houston for a meeting at the Johnson Space Center and a major storm hit one evening. They got something like 14″ of rain in 14 hours. Almost every underpass in the city was flooded. I hunkered down in my hotel and rode it out fine. Though not a storm, I had a flight I’ll never forget around 1980. I had been on a week-long business trip to Maine, Virginia and Florida and had departed from New Orleans on my connecting flight back to the Bay Area on Friday night. They had served drinks and were getting ready to serve dinner. The captain apologized for our late departure and said we were going to detour around some bad weather that would add about another 20 minutes to our flight. Right after that, “all He** broke loose.” I have never flown through such turbulence in the hundreds of flights I’ve been on. There was lightning just outside the airplane that appeared to be hitting the wing tips, then the lights in the cabin started going on and off and some people started screaming. I was waiting for someone to yell “we’re all going to die” but I never heard it. It probably lasted about 10 minutes, maybe longer, then it was smooth the rest of the way. If they had served dinner, it would have been all over the airplane, including the ceiling. I suspect some people on that flight never flew again. I wasn’t too worried, as we were in a Boeing 727, a very rugged airplane. However it IS possible to overstress any airplane.

Just saying January 5, 2023 - 10:09 AM - 10:09 AM

The historical tornado in April of 1974 in Xenia, Ohio. Many killed. Drove like a bat out hell on Rt. 68, driving towards Springfield!

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