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Scenes of devastation in ILLINOIS

by James Denison / November 19, 2013 7:20 AM PST

"A neighborhood in Washington, Ill., lies in ruins Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, a day after a tornado ripped through the central Illinois town. The tornado cut a path about an eighth of a mile wide from one side of Washington to the other and damaged or destroyed as many as 500 homes. (AP Photo/Armando Sanchez)"

picture 24, 41, 53, has wide field view of it.
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the photos I've seen are stupifying really
by Roger NC / November 19, 2013 9:06 AM PST

When you see a before and after of what is probably 50 buildings or more, and it doesn't even look like a complete wall standing after, it's just hard to believe.

It's hard to believe that (thankfully) the death toll isn't higher than it is.

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one of the pictures that shocked me most
by James Denison / November 19, 2013 12:02 PM PST

was the loss of a wall that had obviously been built to be tornado resistant if not tornado proof. The process is concrete "cinder" blocks but with rebar inserted in the holes and concrete pour filling the holes. Maybe something impacted it since cars and trucks were lifted into the trees, but the wall was sheared off just a few feet from the ground. It would seem the ONLY safe shelters would be those built below ground level.

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I didn't see that pic, but I agree.
by drpruner / November 20, 2013 3:29 AM PST

That wall would stand up if anything would. I guess it was within the "eighth of a mile" width.

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Good comment. One of the worst I've seen, too.
by drpruner / November 20, 2013 3:28 AM PST

Midwest is flat and has tornado weather patterns- the twisters just roll on through.

Death toll: I'm told the Weather Bureaus can give earlier warnings these days.

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Some black humor:
by drpruner / November 20, 2013 3:26 AM PST

"Robert Addison assess (sic) the damage to his home caused when a tree fell on it during severe weather in Kokomo, Ind., Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)"
Post-it sign on cabinet: "Caution wet paint"
The least of his problems. Sad

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