Over the many years, I have experienced quite a few different displays of Mother Nature.
When I was a kid growing up in Atlantic Canada, I remember hurricanes. A few were scary for me as a kid, but I do not believe they were as intense as the ones further down the coast in the United States.
Earthquake: February 1982 - the province of New Brunswick was hit with a few earthquakes and strong aftershocks. It was an unusual feeling and the sound that accompanies it, is most unsettling. I was a Dub then, and well, field service had 'plenty' of publishers out that weekend.
Typhoon: May 1989 - southern Luzon island, Philippines. Essentially, a typhoon and hurricane are the same. It was not a bad one, but nasty enough. Down there, ones first concern: flying debris. Coconuts going through the air at 100-160kph can kill you. Serrated edges from corrugated rooftops could be equally dangerous. I remember when the eye of the typhoon went overhead, it was so still...then 20-30 minutes later, all hell broke loose again. The neat thing was, where I was staying, the old lady that owned the house, ensured that all the huge spiders had a safe place to congregate. There was a huge bowl with a candle inside of it, and the native spiders (quite large) would crawl over there and wait out the storm. I was always warned to not step on them. I was not afraid of the spiders, as I knew they never bothered anyone, and would happily eat the giant insects, mosquitoes and other annoying and biting crittes.
Tornado: September 1984 - Sarnia, Ontario. I remember it was a humid Sunday afternoon. I was listening to some Detroit FM stations on my stereo, and heard about a Tornado Watch north and east of Flint. From where I lived in Sarnia, I could go down the street and look across the St. Clair River at Port Huron, Michigan, USA. I noticed in the western horizon, that the sky was becoming occluded with dark ominus clouds. I hurriedly walked back to my apartment, turned on the radio, but this time for the stations just across the river in Port Huron and Lapeer, Michigan. They had moved the watch up to a Tornado Warning! Then I hear sirens. Can you believe it, Port Huron, Michigan set off their Tornado Warning system, and you could hear it across the river in Canada, clear as a bell. Very eerie. Time goes on, the sky gets supremely dark, almost black-green in colour - and one helluva a thunderstorm. It got mighty nasty. I couldn't see much from where I was living because the rain, hail and wind made it very difficult to see...not to mention, dangerous. A funnel cloud (2 or 3) were spotted overhead, and one touched down just east of Sarnia in the rural communities south of highway 402. Later, about 30-40 minutes later, the same tornado touched down in the south end of London, ON., causing considerable damage. Not sure of the strength, but my guess was it was an F2.
Since then, it has been 'business as usual'.