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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:46 pm 
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Been digging out from the tornado that hit our little community late Sat night. Tore up the town pretty bad. Fire dept. building was nothing but a pile of rubble and many homes & businesses destroyed or heavily damaged. Some neighbors helped me clear our totally blocked 1/4 mile long driveway thru our woods. Still no power, but have a small genset that a neighbor loaned me for the duration. Miles of wire and power poles down. 1 death, many injured. Our house was undamaged and we're ok. Some pics of my place right after the storm.

Back porch. Big tree that luckily fell away instead of on us.
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This one narrowly missed my shop and landed on my old target mower.
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Built this arbor about 14 years ago.
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This big old boy lost the top half.
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One of a dozen or so that fell over my driveway from the house to the street a quarter mile away.
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Some drone video of the main street where most of the damage was. The thing traveled from south to north and whipped east/west leaving a trail of destruction about mile wide and 10 miles long.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUxfBGz6oOs

Some local news today about the cleanup, etc.

https://www.wtva.com/content/news/Churc ... 17151.html

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:23 pm 
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Glad to hear you weathered the storm, Gene. Looks like lots of folks in that path didn't fair so well! Please let us know any way we might help. Hoping you & yours stay safe and rebuild/recover without further calamity. Some of us, like Larry, have been there...done that...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:20 pm 
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Don2Laughs wrote:
Glad to hear you weathered the storm, Gene. Looks like lots of folks in that path didn't fair so well! Please let us know any way we might help. Hoping you & yours stay safe and rebuild/recover without further calamity. Some of us, like Larry, have been there...done that...
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We've got another storm moving this way - be here Thursday. We really don't need that, even if it's just a rain maker. There will be more trees fall over. There's a couple along my driveway that are leaning pretty bad already, and it won't take much to push them over.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:33 pm 
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Gene,sounds like the good Lord was looking after you.

the bottom line is you survived.

the damage can be repaired.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:27 am 
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Gene, how well I know what you're going through! Our town's tornado siren went off at 2 am Monday. It didn't come down, though. You may remember our house on April 28th, 2002.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:29 am 
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Larry Norton wrote:
Gene, how well I know what you're going through! Our town's tornado siren went off at 2 am Monday. It didn't come down, though. You may remember our house on April 28th, 2002.


I do recall that pic, and you talking about it. Long time ago. :)

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:04 pm 
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"This one narrowly missed my shop and landed on my old target mower."

And yet it still works as well as it ever did. :wink:

Glad to hear that you were able to avoid the Dorothy Gales ride. Keep us posted on the recovery.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:38 am 
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tms wrote:
"This one narrowly missed my shop and landed on my old target mower."

And yet it still works as well as it ever did. :wink:

Glad to hear that you were able to avoid the Dorothy Gales ride. Keep us posted on the recovery.

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Other than the 130+ families that are suddenly homeless, and the loss of our VFD building, our Clinic, and several other small businesses, the biggest problem is restoring power to a couple thousand people. We're still operating on a small genny, but not capable of running much more than the fridge and freezer, and a couple other small things - like this pc. So no hot water or stove, etc. We've been cooking on my outdoor grill and eating burgers and subway's. At least I can keep the beer cold. :lol:

There are many folks and churches that are providing shelter and food, etc. for those who need it, and the State Emer. Management, utility co. and other organizations are working pretty much 24/7, but are spread pretty thin around the State - 19 counties were effected.

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Gene,
I'm sure you keep a firearm handy. It's times like these that bring out the best and the worst in some folks.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:58 am 
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Zulu wrote:
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I'm sure you keep a firearm handy. It's times like these that bring out the best and the worst in some folks.

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More than one. We both carry. Nothing new because of this storm. :)

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I'm sure you keep a firearm handy. It's times like these that bring out the best and the worst in some folks.

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More than one. We both carry. Nothing new because of this storm. :)




Leave this one on the front porch. :shock:
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Zulu wrote:
Gene wrote:
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I'm sure you keep a firearm handy. It's times like these that bring out the best and the worst in some folks.

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More than one. We both carry. Nothing new because of this storm. :)




Leave this one on the front porch. :shock:
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Love to have one, but I think there were only 1 or 2 made. For obvious reasons. :lol:

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Glad to hear you are OK Gene. That is some scary stuff.

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reelinron wrote:
Glad to hear you are OK Gene. That is some scary stuff.

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You know what's really scary? I slept right thru it. Didn't know anything until the next morning. :shock:

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