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13. I'm in Iowa...
...and a man in Parkersburg was just interviewed on the local news.

He said that he heard the sirens, told his family to go to the basement, and then he went out on the deck.

He said everything got dark and he heard the "freight train" and he tore down into the basement. They
then heard total destruction above their heads and 30 seconds later they emerged from downstairs to

All that remained of their house was two partial walls. The rest was completely gone.

It's thundering and lightning here and we have storm warnings. I'm just north of Des Moines, and it
looks like we might be ok.

I never sleep until stuff like this passes. With young kids in the house, I watch the radar all night.

Thoughts and prayers to those enduring the aftermath.

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  -Massive tornado outbreak many States, Iowa hard hit JeanGrey  May-25-08 08:55 PM   #0 
  - Good streaming coverage out of Iowa:  JeanGrey   May-25-08 08:59 PM   #1 
  - Bless you for the live stream  dixiegrrrrl   May-25-08 09:55 PM   #7 
     - You are welcome. Up early this morning. It isn't over yet.  JeanGrey   May-26-08 06:19 AM   #30 
        - Hurricane soon?  JeanGrey   May-26-08 12:27 PM   #49 
           - Models have continued to show a tropical cyclone developing near Honduras.  RL3AO   May-26-08 05:07 PM   #52 
              - double post.  RL3AO   May-26-08 05:08 PM   #53 
              - What double post? We are discussing two different areas.  JeanGrey   May-26-08 10:35 PM   #56 
              - The models I saw forecast a moderate hurricane in the gulf  JeanGrey   May-26-08 10:36 PM   #57 
                 - You can't tell by the models how strong it will be.  RL3AO   May-26-08 11:23 PM   #60 
                    - The models I saw did. It looked pretty strong if some of them  JeanGrey   May-27-08 06:57 PM   #68 
  - I can just hear Hagee right now: "God, is punishing those in Iowa for voting for Obama"  redirish28   May-25-08 09:33 PM   #2 
  - I'm about 45 minutes south of there.  Bellator   May-25-08 09:35 PM   #3 
  - I know - I hit "I" instead of "U"...............sorry!  JeanGrey   May-25-08 09:39 PM   #6 
  - Any trouble in Iowa City?  kestrel91316   May-25-08 09:36 PM   #4 
  - Not yet  Bellator   May-25-08 09:38 PM   #5 
  - If you look at the livestream link...  TwoSparkles   May-25-08 11:14 PM   #19 
  - Iowa City is fine  Blue Gardener   May-26-08 07:18 AM   #38 
  - I was in it - nowhere near as bad as Parkersburg or New Hartford  Debi   May-25-08 09:56 PM   #8 
  - Wow  Bellator   May-25-08 10:03 PM   #10 
  - Good luck to you - as we're watching the news P-Burg, New Hartford and Dunkerton  Debi   May-25-08 10:13 PM   #12 
  - Debi! Wow, I am glad that you...  TwoSparkles   May-25-08 11:06 PM   #15 
     - How'd you come out TS? Our power kept going on and off all night  Debi   May-26-08 06:53 AM   #33 
        - Wow, you guys continued....  TwoSparkles   May-26-08 09:51 AM   #43 
           - Clean up started up and with family help we got LOTS of trees/branches moved  Debi   May-26-08 04:13 PM   #50 
  - Oh shit!  Khaotic   May-25-08 10:03 PM   #9 
  - Quad-City area in Iowa  Khaotic   May-25-08 10:12 PM   #11 
  - Hey, how'd you guys do last night? Did you make it through okay? n/t  Debi   May-26-08 06:54 AM   #34 
  - I'm in Iowa...  TwoSparkles   May-25-08 10:59 PM   #13 
  - Why do they build "wood stick" homes  SimpleTrend   May-25-08 11:00 PM   #14 
  - I have thought of that also  Marrah_G   May-25-08 11:13 PM   #17 
  - Tornado Alley?  Khaotic   May-25-08 11:20 PM   #22 
  - You're welcome to try with that "fucking wood stick shoved up ... [my] ass"  SimpleTrend   May-26-08 12:34 AM   #27 
     - Actually, to make a point here, brick homes disintegrate also.  Hardrada   May-26-08 02:05 AM   #28 
     - Correct. Brick homes are wood frame homes with a brick veneer instead of siding.  Edweird   May-26-08 06:38 AM   #32 
     - Some honest questions for you...  Hobarticus   May-26-08 11:34 PM   #63 
        - It's seems pretty well established that  SimpleTrend   May-27-08 01:17 PM   #66 
  - Economics. Wood frame gets you more house for your dollar  Edweird   May-26-08 06:35 AM   #31 
  - Above ground disintegrates...  JBear   May-26-08 08:36 AM   #41 
  - wood  mbergen   May-26-08 11:49 AM   #48 
  - Where do you live, by the way?  Hobarticus   May-26-08 11:25 PM   #62 
  - Sirens going off now  Bellator   May-25-08 11:12 PM   #16 
  - Please go take cover  Marrah_G   May-25-08 11:14 PM   #18 
  - It's not a false alarm!  TwoSparkles   May-25-08 11:15 PM   #20 
     - I'm in the basement  Bellator   May-25-08 11:19 PM   #21 
     - I grew up in the northern part of CR...  TwoSparkles   May-25-08 11:46 PM   #25 
        - Hey former neighbor.  Bellator   May-26-08 09:52 AM   #44 
           - Wow, we were former neighbors...  TwoSparkles   May-26-08 09:54 AM   #45 
     - 65 mph hour straight line winds  Bellator   May-25-08 11:33 PM   #23 
        - Oh, hey, I posted upthread - glad to hear you are okay  Debi   May-26-08 06:57 AM   #35 
        - Just localized small flooding here.  Bellator   May-26-08 09:47 AM   #42 
        - I am very glad you are safe. I can't imagine how frightening it must be  Marrah_G   May-26-08 07:12 AM   #37 
  - A 2-year-old child was killed  appleannie1   May-25-08 11:36 PM   #24 
  - Remember when we could feel confident that our gov't would respond  defendandprotect   May-25-08 11:52 PM   #26 
  - No, actually I don't remember there ever being such a time  slackmaster   May-26-08 05:23 AM   #29 
  - Actually we had Highway Patrol, Sheriff, Fire and Ambulance and Utilities  Debi   May-26-08 07:03 AM   #36 
     - Glad you're ok Debi  Blue Gardener   May-26-08 07:21 AM   #39 
     - Thanks, any trouble for you? n/t  Debi   May-26-08 04:15 PM   #51 
        - Iowa City was fine this time around  Blue Gardener   May-27-08 04:06 PM   #67 
     - Sounds like my town, Debi  dixiegrrrrl   May-26-08 11:07 AM   #46 
  - I thank God I'm in New York  dustsailor   May-26-08 08:21 AM   #40 
  - Thanks, dustsailor...  Hobarticus   May-26-08 11:49 PM   #64 
  - did God put you in New York  Skittles   May-27-08 01:46 AM   #65 
  - The preliminary Parkersburg rating will be out tonight or tomorrow.  RL3AO   May-26-08 11:10 AM   #47 
  - I can't imagine it would be classified anything less than F4 and  JeanGrey   May-26-08 10:39 PM   #58 
  - Preliminary rating of Iowa tornado was EF3.  RL3AO   May-26-08 05:08 PM   #54 
  - That seems too low to me from the damage.  JeanGrey   May-26-08 10:40 PM   #59 
     - The report said "at least EF3"  RL3AO   May-26-08 11:24 PM   #61 
        - As I thought, it has been rated an F5. A low end (205 mph) but  JeanGrey   May-27-08 06:58 PM   #69 
  - On the bright side, I'm sure Bush will have aid coming in within 6-8 weeks, maybe even a little less  Zavulon   May-26-08 05:37 PM   #55 

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