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    Incredible Photo

    The 4 of diamonds embedded in a piece of wood taken in Hazleton



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    Re: Incredible Photo

    Un-FREAKIN-real.



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    Wow, that Criss Angel is good


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    Re: Incredible Photo

    A guy they interviewed on the news said quarters were sucked from his pockets while he took shelter in his basement.


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    Re: Incredible Photo

    I guess 200 MPH winds can do some scary things.
    I saw a butterknife in a tree, but it was the handle side stuck in the tree, in Parkersburg.


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    Re: Incredible Photo

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    A guy they interviewed on the news said quarters were sucked from his pockets while he took shelter in his basement.
    That one would be very hard to believe.

    Crazy photo Andrew, thanks for posting!



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    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    A guy they interviewed on the news said quarters were sucked from his pockets while he took shelter in his basement.
    There was also a story going around town of a girl who had her pony tail ripped out of her hair.

    A friend's dad (who lost their house) told me they came out of their basement to find their elderly next door neighboor laying in the middle of what was her house with absolutely nothing around her. She had only a cut on her leg. He said she sat up and looked at him with the biggest smile he's ever seen on anyone's face. The story was in one of the papers. I'll see if I can find it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post

    A friend's dad (who lost their house) told me they came out of their basement to find their elderly next door neighboor laying in the middle of what was her house with absolutely nothing around her. She had only a cut on her leg. He said she sat up and looked at him with the biggest smile he's ever seen on anyone's face. The story was in one of the papers. I'll see if I can find it.
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    Re: Incredible Photo

    here is the link of that story, scroll to the bottom. simply incredible.

    'This was a violent and historic storm' | DesMoinesRegister.com | The Des Moines Register


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    Thanks for that link. I couldn't find the right one. Here is the text of the story:
    Woman blown through three rooms

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    Tornado tales will be told here for years, but it will be hard to top Madaline Geiken's story.

    Geiken, 85, has osteoporosis and uses a walker. She couldn't navigate the steep steps to her basement, so she was upstairs in her home in Parkersburg when the tornado hit.

    Geiken remembers being sucked up into the air and hitting her kitchen ceiling. When she crashed down to the floor, the refrigerator was wriggling. She thought it was going to topple onto her, so she battled the roaring winds to crawl away, according to relatives who spoke to her in the hospital later.

    She was blown through three rooms, whipping past the bathtub, which was sucked into the front hall, and the toilet, which was uprooted and shattered.

    Geiken's neighbor, Julie Petersen, tells the most amazing part.

    When Petersen came up from the basement of her smashed house, her first sight was Geiken's home. Or, rather, the lack of it.

    Not a single wall was standing. The house was just a flat square with a patchwork of floor coverings: the yellow linoleum of the kitchen, the red carpet of the bathroom, the brown carpet of the living room, the lime-green carpet of the bedroom.

    "There was nothing. Nothing but her," Petersen recalled Tuesday.

    Geiken was sitting up on the green carpet, facing the Petersens' home.

    "We yelled, 'Madaline, are you all right?' And she waved at us," Petersen said. "Her hair even looked pretty good. It was just unbelievable."

    Geiken was fine, except for a gash on her leg that cut to the bone, said her daughter, Brenda Getting of Grundy Center, and her son, Dennis Geiken of Aplington.

    Their mother's furniture and belongings were scattered into the yard, or disappeared. "It was like they vacuumed," Getting said.

    Geiken, who was listed in good condition at a Cedar Falls hospital Tuesday, told her family she was looking out the kitchen window when the tornado hit.

    "She said a prayer," her daughter said.


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    Re: Incredible Photo

    Originally Posted by CyinCo
    A guy they interviewed on the news said quarters were sucked from his pockets while he took shelter in his basement.
    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    That one would be very hard to believe.

    Crazy photo Andrew, thanks for posting!
    I don't know if the pocket change is gospel or not, but I would NEVER discount the weird things a tornado could do.

    My grandpa told me a story once about when they had a tornado in his youth. He was plowing (with horses)
    with his grandpa when a twister formed over head. Leaving the team they ran to the ditch to lie down. Remember,
    in those days the ditch was really nothing more than the plow furrow between the road (dirt track) and the field they
    were working in.

    Any way, after it had passed, they returned to their team to find the horses, Bill and Jennie standing exactly where
    they had left them, as contented as could be, with the harness missing. When they returned to the homestead much
    of the buildings were damaged, except the tool shed which at first looked untouched. Now, in those days, the tool shed
    literally was the lifeblood of a homestead. You could buy new animals, but tools etc were something that was handed
    from one generation to another.

    When they entered the shed they saw that the wind had sucked all the tools out of the building.

    I received a pic today of the Parkersburg Feed Mill. Hopefully it'll show up here ok.


    My heart goes out to the folks there and wish them the best.

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    Re: Incredible Photo

    When you see photos like this, you wonder how more lives weren't taken. Unbelievably devestating.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ISUonthemove View Post
    When you see photos like this, you wonder how more lives weren't taken. Unbelievably devestating.
    That sentiment has been echoed over and over again. Even the people who died were in their basement, but the house collapsed on top of them.
    There is another story of the people at the Pizza Ranch in town with no basement. A car came down on the building, but they all survived because as the walls collapsed in, they made a sort of A frame and protected them in the bathroom.


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    I received a pic today of the Parkersburg Feed Mill. Hopefully it'll show up here ok.
    That is a picture of the Sinclair feed mill that before it vanished was making somewhere between 800-950 ton of feed daily 7 days a week and now it's gone. It was one of my bigger competitors back in my coop feed department manager days. Roger Baker has been trying to sell that thing for years so it might not go back up, you never know.



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    Re: Incredible Photo

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    That one would be very hard to believe.

    Crazy photo Andrew, thanks for posting!
    I was listening to a story on the radio or TV somewhere in the last day where they were talking about some people that went to their basements almost suffocated because the vaccuum pressure from the tornado was making it hard to breathe. I don't think it's that hard to believe.



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