Tornado Warning Ends Meetings

From River Falls, Wisconsin

In the 19 years that the Chiefs have been coming north for training camp the best weather conditions have come this year, their final summer in the northwoods.

Until Wednesday afternoon, that is.

Heavy thunderstorms, including a big, dark wall cloud rolled up from the south and dropped a large amount of rain on the UW-River Falls campus starting at lunch time. A tornado warning right around 2:50 p.m. CDT ended the team’s meetings in the University Center and players and staff were sent to stairwells and enclosed rooms.

The all-clear came about 10 minutes later as the fast moving storm cleared the campus. The players and coaches however, remained in the building waiting for a more definitive statement that it was OK to head  outside. At 3:40 p.m. they were still waiting for that word. Head coach Todd Haley was working the phones, trying to get some official word that the storm was over.

Winds remained high, but the only damage appeared to be a few bicycles knocked over and tree limbs down. There was some minor street flooding on campus.

The foul weather was expected to clear River Falls by 4:30 p.m.  That just happens to be when the Chiefs second practice of the day is scheduled. It’s hard to believe Haley will take his team outside on fields that have been hit with more than a half-inch of rain, but they worked in the rain earlier in camp. It just wasn’t a storm with as much water as what’s gone down Wednesday afternoon.

Haley said he would wait to get weather and field reports before making a decision on the afternoon practice.

UPDATE @ 3:49 p.m. – Haley has moved practice indoors to the Knowles Building which is not designed or laid out for indoor football. Essentially, it will be a walkthrough practice.

UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m. – Tornado sires sounding throughout River Falls as another group of fast-moving black clouds is coming from the south and heading towards the northeast. The Chiefs are all inside the Knowles Building getting ready for practice.

15 Responses to “Tornado Warning Ends Meetings”

  • August 19, 2009  - Scott says:

    Wow. That blows.

  • August 19, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Rin had no idea the power e’ery blog His daily…


  • August 19, 2009  - Scott says:

    Really? All the rest of us know it’s just a bunch of wind.

  • August 19, 2009  - Justin Foote says:

    Rain rain, go away. Come on and let the Chiefs play.

  • August 19, 2009  - True Red and Gold says:

    Just wind? Rin’s blog reeks of diarrhea.

  • August 19, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Scott said


    - really!

    “All the rest of us know it’s just a bunch of wind.”

    - then close your mouth Sybil – all the rest (17 distinct personalities yours) does not make you any less dense…

  • August 19, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    True Red and Gold said

    “Just wind?”

    - acidic reflux his…no matter what my Scottie tries or how much he cries, can’t cure his Rin Tin Tin infatuation!


    - the very one; what about Scottie’s blog…how would you describe said?

    “blog reeks of diarrhea.”

    - good, we’ve consensus…


  • August 19, 2009  - get real says:

    HC Haley told reporters the new deep snapper is working out as a backup TE. If it works, it would save a roster spot. Guy’s name is Thomas something, any body know if he was ever a TE?

  • August 19, 2009  - gorillafan says:

    Gafford I think, and he played “some” TE in college

  • August 19, 2009  - Nick L. says:

    zach thomas…jk, it is gafford he also played wr in high school.

  • August 19, 2009  - Rikki-Tikki-Tavi says:

    Keep up the great work Matt. ALL of KC is behind you and we know that you will lead us back to glory very soon now.

    AND NOW, Todd Haley has affirmed Matt’s The Man!

    16-0 2009!!!

  • August 19, 2009  - DoorMatCastle says:

    I stink. Brodie & Tyler are better than me.

  • August 20, 2009  - Herman Edwards says:

    Do you guys back in KC like my new commercial? You’re gonna see my face everywhere you look.

  • August 20, 2009  - Mark says:

    Yeah Herm, I saw it. It made you look like the fool you are.

  • August 20, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    ALL of Kansas City still much prefers seeing your face Herm than the Bobbsey Twins &


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