OK people, I have to confess, one of my major league pet peeves is when someone describes the sound of a natural disaster, ANY natural disaster, as sounding "like a train". Obviously these people have never actually heard a train.
We had a small tornado down in Vancouver yesterday. Did a lot of property damage, but no one was hurt. It was small, F0/F1, but still, while even I have seen a funnel cloud in Washington, it's exceedingly rare for there to be actual touchdown.
Today, I was listening to the Morning Show on KZOK (http://www.bobrivers.com/), and they interviewed a woman who was near enough to the action that she could describe it for them. They asked her what it was like:
Her: "Well, it...it...."
Me: DON'T SAY IT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T SAY IT SOUNDED LIKE A TRAIN!
Her: ".....it sounded like a train!"
Seriously!!!! Natural disasters do not sound like trains! And I should know, I've been through enough of them! I'm sorry, but tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, earthquakes, mudslides, wind storms, heavy rain, flooding, locusts, frogs.....DON'T FUCKING SOUND LIKE TRAINS!
I grew up across the street from railroad tracks. The only way my family ever traveled was by train b/c my mom won't get on an airplane. I've been around trains my entire life. And in all of my 43 years of hurricanes, earthquakes, rain, blizzards, Nor'easters and west coast wind storms, I never, EVER would describe any of them as sounding like trains. For one thing, storms don't clickety-clack. There are no bells. No whistles. The 1989 SF quake sounded like a pile-driver. Wind - be it from a tornado, hurricane or Nor'easter - makes a "whooshing" sound. Sometimes if you have drafty windows, the wind will sound like a high pitched scream, like it did in the house in which I grew up. I will concede that when you stand near the tracks and a train passes by, there is a contant humming vibration, but it doesn't sound like an earthquake or wind.
Maybe next time I see a train, I'll tell people, "Wow! I was in Puyallup when the Amtrak train went by and WOW! It sounded just like a mudslide!"