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View Diary: Discussing The April 27, 2011 Super Tornado Outbreak (27 comments)

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  •  My son and I drive through an (6+ / 0-)

    area damaged during that outbreak. Even though it wasn't anywhere near among the worst (only two lives lost), the scars are still present. Some areas were drastically changed as mature trees were mowed down, extending the horizon. Roads were closed for weeks after the storm as clean-up proceeded and police and sheriffs tried to protect unsecured homes ripped open by the winds. A dairy farm that was damaged seems to have since switched to beef cattle rather than restore their dairy operation.

    The people who died were a home health care giver and her charge, a man who'd suffered a stroke. Before his illness he's participated in motorcycle rides to raise money for others who needed help.

    That tornado was originally projected as being headed toward us, but it went further south and east. We were lucky. As I heard the updated reports, I knew where it was going because we passed through that area at least twice a week and worried for the people in its path.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 03:29:31 PM PDT

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