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Stoughton Area Family Lucky to Be Alive


With a busted barn and lumber littering their yard, the Rowin family considers themselves lucky. You can tell by a phone call that they made to 911 that they thought the tornado would take more of a toll.

"911, What's the address of the emergency? "....There's a tornado coming right to my house! I don't know if you guys can see it, but it's west of Stoughton. Okay. What is your address, sir? 1855 Skyline Drive. I'm going to go to my basement. Okay, go to your basement and disconnect, sir. I'll let them know. Alright. Seek shelter immediately!"

Herb Rowin and his wife Cathy went straight to their basement.

When the wind died down, and they came outside, they were shocked to see their house still standing. Especially since these snapshots that they took show the tornado heading their way.

And all of the houses surrounding the Rowin home were badly damaged.

On their own property, they will have to repair their chimney, tear down the barn, and cleanup debris.


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