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Old 05-25-2011, 02:57 PM   #1
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For the past week, I have been working in the southern midwest. I had been working nights at a power plant in Joplin, MO. As we all know, Joplin was hit with a very devastating tornado on Sunday.

I was out before my shift was to start at 7pm trying to find some food around town. As the sirens sounded, I was trying to make my way back to my hotel. I didn't make it to my hotel when the tornado hit but as lucky as I could've ever been I made it out of its deadly path. After the tornado past, I felt I had to help. I made it to the Walmart and Home Depot intersection and nothing was left. I came across a coworker on his way to help and we started searching for survivors along with everyone else. The things I saw, I never want to see again.

Don't take these warnings and sirens lightly. These storm chasers do what they do so we can be safe. Most of them are nuts, but without them there would be many more deaths. We owe a lot to the storm chasers.

While digging through the rubble and vehicles for anyone I was able to take some photos. Still, words can't explain what I have seen and experienced.























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Old 05-25-2011, 02:57 PM   #2
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Old 05-25-2011, 03:01 PM   #3
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WOW im speechless, glad your ok
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Old 05-25-2011, 03:02 PM   #4
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That is scary..

And those pics say it all.
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Old 05-25-2011, 03:31 PM   #5
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wow

thats so crazy to see a home depot leveled.
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Old 05-25-2011, 03:57 PM   #6
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I told you not to park there....
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Old 05-25-2011, 04:19 PM   #7
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wow that would be freaky to be there when the sirens go off and not be able to make it to a storm cellar or something.
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Old 05-25-2011, 04:24 PM   #8
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Wow, insane!
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Old 05-25-2011, 04:44 PM   #9
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Its almost mind numbing to see the damage.

Its even more mind numbing to know people will rebuild in the same spot.
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Old 05-25-2011, 05:53 PM   #10
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ya, it's mind bottling. like when all your thoughts get caught up like in a bottle
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:24 PM   #11
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Its almost mind numbing to see the damage.

Its even more mind numbing to know people will rebuild in the same spot.
At least they won't use their insurance money to buy a really nice lexus and park it on the lawn of their destroyed home......

That was my experience in post-Katrina New Orleans and I'm not making that up. Never seen so many 50k+ cars on a street of destruction.
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:55 PM   #12
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My brother-in-law and his wife live near Joplin. He owns a business in Joplin. Thankfully, he called us to say they fine, also the business and their home were fine. He called before we even heard about the trouble.

He said that usually the news shows pictures and makes everything appear much worse than it really is. He told us that the pictures and things from the news didn't show a tenth of what was really going on. It must be horrible.

I would think that we can't understand this kind of devastation unless we see it or go through it. Hopefully we won't ever have to experience that.

Bad stuff........
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:17 PM   #13
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ok, i know this is last minute, but if any one wants to go with me or follow me up to Joplin, Missouri i am going again. I believe it was the 22nd of May when the huge single vortex F5 tornado went through the city and just destroyed homes and businesses and killed many that were in it. I went last week to see for my self and to help in any way and found there was much to be done. So if anyone feels led to go please let me know. I will be off Monday through Wednesday and will be leaving late Sunday night (5th) and hope to be back sometime Thursday (9th) around 2 am. there may be a little sleeping on the way, but one way or another i am planning on going again. You can call or text me at 936.718.1947 or pm me. If you believe in prayer please pray for the people of Joplin that they will seek God's face through this and for those who are making the journey to help. btw i only saw one suby on the way there.
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:48 PM   #14
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The F5 that went by Oklahoma City Also claimed several lives. One of the oil companies operating in the area took a direct hit to one of their rigs. One of the guys on location sent me some pictures:

Cactus 117




And here's the first picture they took when they came out of their "Bunker", which was just a shipping container buried about halfway into the ground


Here's what it looked like before:


Only one of the roughnecks was injured because he left the bunker to film the tornado and hid in the bit shed, a bit landed on his leg and broke it.

This is the scariest part, a body was found on location. And about a quarter of a mile away, there was a woman wandering around that was clearly in shock, with no memory of where she came from. About a mile in the other direction an unconscious man was found lying in a field. As they later found out, they were all passengers in the same car that was driving on the interstate about a mile and a half away.
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Old 06-05-2011, 10:27 PM   #15
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That's an amazing story. More people should appreciate the life given to them daily. Btw, I probably won't leave till tomorrow if anyone still wants to go.
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