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CoffeeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-10-09 11:12 PM
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28. This happened in Iowa last summer...
Edited on Sun May-10-09 11:19 PM by CoffeeCat
In addition to the horrendous floods that did billions in damage, we had one storm that could only
be described as you categorized it, "an inland hurricane".

The pictures you showed look identical to the area around here (central Iowa) after that storm hit. Huge
trees were uprooted, building and homes were damaged. People would drive around neighborhoods, scoping
out the damage and all of the huge trees that were lifted from the ground--now sitting on cars and lying in yards.

I'll NEVER forget that night. My husband woke me up and said, "Do you hear the sirens going off? I think I
might hear them". We couldn't hear the sirens, so we moved into the hallway off of our bedroom. We could
faintly hear the sirens, and just as I heard it I looked out the top floor windows in our foyer and I couldn't
frickin believe what I was seeing. The trees across the street were blowing sideways. It looked like a blinding
hurricane. I was in hurricane Gloria in the late '80's, and it looked just like that.

I screamed, "Get the kids!" and we ran down to the basement and barricaded ourselves under the stairs
with a mattress over us. I'll never forget the howling wind. It sounded like the world was coming to an end.
I thought for sure it was a tornado. Turns out, no tornado--just 85 mph winds and several inches of rain. A huge
monster of a storm.

We lost two 70-ft trees in the backyard, but no property damage. We were lucky.

We're used to bad storms here, even tornado activity. However, this stormed shocked the hell out of me, because
it looked exactly like a hurricane.
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