This is only one picture of just part of the devastation, that hit our area, yesterday June 17, 2010. It started around 6:30 pm, on Thursday evening. I was trying to put more photos on here, but my internet is in and out...and is damaged. The tornado that leveled this building site, was hovering over our house and went straight north (about a mile away) and hit my son's friends house. This is not his house, but another in the area. His friend's house is a total loss.
My husband was out with the County Sheriff, Fire Dept./First Responders and Storm spotters and watched the tornado hovering around/over our house and watched it hit the other houses. The damage that this tornado caused is UNBELIEVABLE. It makes you want to cry. So many have lost their homes/business and there was at least one death (I have heard 3, but only one has been released at this time, so I am not sure). There were quite a few hurt as well.
**Here is the video I was talking about from the Fire Dept. - that is our house in the distance, in the video and then the tornado moves north. When it turns black and dark at the "cone-shaped" base, that is when it took out Jordan's friends' house ;(
I wanted to include links to video footage of the tornado, but can not really browse with my internet the way it is, I tried. We watched the news and seen footage of the tornado with our house in it...we were VERY LUCKY. I will try to add a video or links, when our internet is fixed. You can google it or look for videos on youtube. They are there. Google Hollandale, MN Tornado June 17, 2001. You will not believe how massive that tornado was. This evening we went to look at the damage, it is so very heart-wrenching. I do not even have the words to describe it. They have set up a shelter with the Red Cross, the military were here, electric crews working around the clock - so many are still without power and the list goes on and on.
I am so Thankful, but feel so very bad for the families that have been affected by this Tornado and storm. There are farms hit where everything was leveled. A year to the day, another Tornado ripped through this area (and surrounding) as well. I just thought I would share what has been going on around here. My heart is heavy today...
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