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Sharknado: Can it happen here?

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Friday, July 12, 2013, at 12:06 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, July 12, 2013, at 2:10 p.m.

Yes, the weather this year has been weird.

Yes, very weird.

But a sharknado?

Interesting concept. As if L.A. didn’t have enough to worry about.

It’s the premise of a, shall we say, somewhat-over-the-top Syfy cable movie that premiered Thursday and attracted a little buzz. A storm sucks up and pours into the city tons of sharks. They fly through windows, they fly through billboards, and well, they just fly everywhere, teeth first, of course.

It has lines like: “We can’t just wait here with sharks raining down on us,” and “There’s too many of them. We’re going to needs a bigger chopper.”

There are scenes of shooting them out of the sky like quail.

And one fellow grimly says: “You can’t leave Kansas, man.”

Huh? What does that mean?

Yes, we have our share of tornadoes out here. But the second part of the equation, sharks? Never occurred to us.

I mean, sure, rattlernadoes. All the time. But apparently that wasn’t exciting enough for Hollywood.

Oddly, this threat had never occurred to Aaron Sprowl, display curator at Sea Life at Crown Center.

A dozen sharks cruise around there, perhaps waiting to overhear the perfect weather reports for the big moment when the glass clear panels burst and they’re finally airborne.

But Sprowl tried to reassure us. The largest browns they have are still under five feet.

“We’re under a lot of concrete, too, 24 inches, so I think we’re all right.”

"Sharknado" will re-air on Syfy at 6 p.m. Aug. 22.

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