A funny thing happened on the way to shoot Revolution Soccer Gameday this morning here in Kansas City.
Tornadoes touched down in the area.
Just as I was about to head out and shoot our usual game day feature with Digital Content Assistant (and Far Post Podcast contributor) Jeff Wroblewski, the skies opened up and the sirens began to sound throughout the city as an official tornado warning was declared. From what I understand, a tornado actually touched down in Overland Park, Kan., the site of tonight’s U.S. Open Cup play-in match against Sporting Kansas City.
As JWro and I wandered the hotel lobby searching for a place to shoot indoors, an announcement was made over the hotel-wide PA system telling everyone to move away from windows and take shelter in bathrooms or in the stairwell. Pretty quickly our focus turned from finding a spot to shoot Gameday to simply staying safe and riding out the storm.
Within a few minutes, the entire travel party (players, coaches and staff) had gathered in the hotel lobby and taken up residence at a group of tables away from the main windows. After approximately 30 minutes in the lobby, we were moved to an enclosed ballroom so as to be further away from the windows.
We spent another 20-30 minutes or so in the ballroom before being told the sirens had stopped and we were allowed to return to our rooms. Luckily everyone took the event in stride and spent most of the time occupying themselves with cell phones or iPads.
Oddly enough, it’s currently beautiful outside. The sun is shining and although it’s muggy, it’s a relatively comfortable 70 degrees.
More nasty weather is on the way this afternoon and into this evening – with thunderstorms likeliest around 2 p.m. CT and 7 p.m. CT – so we’ll certainly keep our eye on that as we prepare for tonight’s game, although it appears as if the worst of it has passed. As of right now the game is on as scheduled, but we’ll update if anything happens to change.
In the meantime, enjoy that break in the weather you’re finally getting back in the Northeast …