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tornado devestation (AL) 56k NO

I live in N.Alabama. Like many of the southern states we were ravaged by tornado's weds. Alabama has suffered the most casualties which as of now stands at 340+ with serveral still missing. I and my family were spared and blessed to be only 1 of very few in N.Alabama to still have power. The Browns Ferry nuclear plant here took a hit knocking out the main power feed, 30 substations and 90+ of it tranmission lines (huge towers with the high voltage lines). I got a few pics of some the devestation that was only a mile from my house as i was getting my dad and some family back to my house since they have no power. As of right now they are sayin 5+- days before they have power restored. Currently there is over 600,000+ people without power. They are finding bodies just layed out in fields and along the roadside. Please Pray for EVERYONE in the southeast that we have a speedy recovery and for those that have lost everything and loved ones. Please be checking with your local charities for any clothing food ect that can be donated to help the ravaged families here!! here are a few pics that i got.

tornado that formed right by our shop at work and headed into the Madison/harvest area
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dads backyard with 6' fence, over 8" of rain in just a few hrs.
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road into dads house...
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some of the devastation
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wow... that's some crazy stuff
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Thats awful. I was just watching the news about Tuscaloosa and its just horrible. In these past 2 storms to come through we have lucked out where I am. Tornadoes just north and just south of me. Would not wish a tornado on anybody.
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I couldnt beleive it when I saw the footage... such a tragedy
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Its amazing the destructive power of a tornado. Glad your safe Josh
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Its amazing the destructive power of a tornado. Glad your safe Josh
You're right, it is. I've been watching the news and I have to laugh at some of the speeches made about the tornadoes and devastation. I won't comment here as it's not the place, but some have been ridiculous.
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i got some family that lives down in alabama but thank god they are all alright and doing well. Same to you and your family good to hear you guys are all doing ok and made it through it all.
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Glad to hear you are ok! Best of luck to everyone in the area.
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Things are getting better here....some areas are gettin power back!! clean up is moving along. National guard is here and helping. Still finding bodies and body parts.....saddening news...found an 18 mnth baby out in a field.....and rest of family in what was left of house...just lots of very sad stories but also stories of hope and blessings!! please continue to pray for everyone including those helping.....several people here killed by generators because they dont know how to let one cool off before refueling of leaving them in the garage and letting the co2 come in there house because they're afraid of people stealing them. we i live in extreme north alabama we are finding mail,checks and personal info paperwork such as w2's from mississippi and hamilton which is about an hr south of here.
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Glad your alright. that looks scary.
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Were you in the tornado in the first pic? Its a little blurry.

Looks like it hit pretty hard!
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Were you in the tornado in the first pic? Its a little blurry.

Looks like it hit pretty hard!
no.....that was about 10 miles away or so by the time it hit the ground and the wind went from breezy to about 70mph it seemed, it was hard to stand up....they had 4 confirmed EF4 tornados just in our area and that one in the pic was closer to an EF5....winds were 195-199 mph.
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wow.....
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After seeing those pics I'm glad you and your family is doing well and were spared from that destruction. I'll be praying for you and your family and the families of those that have lost so much.

That's just crazy.
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Glad yall made it through alright. That looks scary as hell!
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no.....that was about 10 miles away or so by the time it hit the ground and the wind went from breezy to about 70mph it seemed, it was hard to stand up....they had 4 confirmed EF4 tornados just in our area and that one in the pic was closer to an EF5....winds were 195-199 mph.
That one was officially an EF5. It was the only EF5 in the entire storm system in alabama. The one in Tuscaloosa was a EF4.
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holy **** , we have only had high winds that rip shingles of and knock down trees but never something that serious
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holy **** , we have only had high winds that rip shingles of and knock down trees but never something that serious
Normally we dont see storms this bad. Just everything came together that day to great them. Storms like this are normally seen out in the mid west.
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holy **** , we have only had high winds that rip shingles of and knock down trees but never something that serious
We had some pretty fierce winds up here the day after all the storms. Made me re-evaluate how many nails i have in the siding of the barn.
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dang dude -- was that near the house where I picked the truck up?
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We had some pretty fierce winds up here the day after all the storms. Made me re-evaluate how many nails i have in the siding of the barn.
wouldn'a have mattered if one of these tornado's hit you...lol had WHOLE house's here that were anchor bolted and straped to foundation and it ripped everything clean off and left the anchor bolts sticking out of the concrete foundation!!

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dang dude -- was that near the house where I picked the truck up?
yeah it was about 7 mins down the road..the hotel you stayed at here is only about mile or less from where it crossed that hwy 72 here!! it basically remodeled mother nature!! trees and everything GONE!!!

hey mike...did you get any storm damage pics..im trying buts it hard to while driving and with the cerfew in effect and all.
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wouldn'a have mattered if one of these tornado's hit you...lol had WHOLE house's here that were anchor bolted and straped to foundation and it ripped everything clean off and left the anchor bolts sticking out of the concrete foundation!!
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I'm a pretty big history buff and from what i understand, Michigan's only had two EF5 Tornadoes in the last 60 years.
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wouldn'a have mattered if one of these tornado's hit you...lol had WHOLE house's here that were anchor bolted and straped to foundation and it ripped everything clean off and left the anchor bolts sticking out of the concrete foundation!!



yeah it was about 7 mins down the road..the hotel you stayed at here is only about mile or less from where it crossed that hwy 72 here!! it basically remodeled mother nature!! trees and everything GONE!!!

hey mike...did you get any storm damage pics..im trying buts it hard to while driving and with the cerfew in effect and all.
I haven't gotten any yet, but the curfew has been lifted now.
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