Major damage to our area

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  1. rola643

    rola643 Two skinny Js Staff Member Admin Staff Mod Team Tavern Member

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    Last nights storms that rolled through our area spawned tornadoes. The county that I live in received some pretty substantial damage pretty much destroying one of the middle schools and many homes in it's path. Tornadoes in this area are pretty rare vs a hurricane. The are saying this was an F3 and possibly an F4 tornado that ripped through the area. Pictures from the link below do not even begin to show the extent of the damage and unfortunately it is slow as Molasses in January in Alaska.



     
  2. georgec

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    Glad you made it alright.

    Prayers for for everyone.
     

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  4. rola643

    rola643 Two skinny Js Staff Member Admin Staff Mod Team Tavern Member

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    Thanx Georgec, Fun, no no sirens here except for Surry Nuclear plant. nHad to go into work for a damage assessment ride out
     

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    WOW that sucks. I asume the water tower was straight up at one time.

    Like you we have to deal with hurricans. But strong tornados of any size are almost un heard of down here.
     
  6. Hazy

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    Rola,

    Prayers are out for those affected, which by the looks of it, includes just about everyone in that area, whether immediately or by knowing someone.

    Glad you and yours are ok.
     
  7. rola643

    rola643 Two skinny Js Staff Member Admin Staff Mod Team Tavern Member

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    Thanx Hazy, it's been a long day with a LOT of work to do. A few more snapshots of the damage. The next to last one is inside Paige Middle School, it was completely demolished. The last one if you look close you can see what look like white tips on trees, that is where every tree was snapped at the top.

    Gonna relax with a adult beverage and get ready to do it all again for several more days or weeks...
     

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    rola643 Two skinny Js Staff Member Admin Staff Mod Team Tavern Member

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    The water tower is fine which is odd to me since everything around it was pretty much destroyed. It's just the perspective that makes it look like it's leaning. I had not noticed it until you mentioned it :confused:
     
  9. Xela

    Xela New Member Tavern Member

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    Rola, glad you are OK, man! That's the same line that had me worried Thursday night, but they didn't do much here. I read about a lot of damage in NC, but didn't see much about VA.
     
  10. SprocketGirl

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    glad you are okay and like everyone send my best.
     
  11. funetical

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    I'm glad you're OK, did anyone get hurt?
     
  12. TxCyclist

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    I'm glad you're OK.
     
  13. rola643

    rola643 Two skinny Js Staff Member Admin Staff Mod Team Tavern Member

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    Been a LONG week, many hours of work. Thousands of feet of new strand pulled, primaries run, fiber spliced, coax pulled and gawd knows how many new poles set, ALL services restored to those who have a home that can be serviced, roads are cleared for travel....now the long arduous task of clean up for individual home owners begins. I think there were over 1500 linemen working the area at one point, that's a huge effort to get everything done in short order.

    I have worked a couple hurricane recoveries and now this tornado and until you have gone through this you really can't comprehend even with all the coverage on tv the damage and devastation in peoples lives. Just trying to get around, get basic supplies like food and water can be a HUGE task.

    I can't tell you how many people I have talked to this week that had small local insurance companies that appear to have left customers holding the bag...sad

    I'm very happy to say that our community pulled together and had so many volunteers that a great many had to be turned away. I can't even count the times I was approached by local churches, CERT and countless others bringing us lunch and dinner, fruit, water and just a smiling face as we worked this week, it was just totally awesome to see it!
     

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  14. rola643

    rola643 Two skinny Js Staff Member Admin Staff Mod Team Tavern Member

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    3 people died locally and 26 or 33 (I can't remember) in North Carolina.
     
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  15. Hazy

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    All I can say is wow!:(

    I was young when it happened but the devastation was the only thing I can compare what happened to your area to my area.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOFJ-zJgJVM&feature=fvwrel]YouTube - Madison Indiana Tornado Damage April 3, 1974[/ame]

    Madison is only 20 miles from where I live now, but my parents grew up there.
    Something to be said about the human spirit during times like these:thumbsup:Just have to overlook the shysters and opportunists.:hate:
     
  16. funetical

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    No one you knew I hope.
     
  17. Thewayshemoves

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    Those storms came through here too. I live in Alabama, had over 200 dead within a two hour radius of here. It was pretty rough. Glad you're alright. I had some family who lost their home.
     
  18. Industry_Hack

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    I've been through enough quakes that I'd like to avoid any more natural disasters. Need to show this to my wife next time she suggests moving to VA.