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Close Calls

By: Natalie Swaby
By: Natalie Swaby

"When we noticed a funnel cloud coming in this direction I just grabbed a camcorder and started recording," tells Jason Tyler.

He kept rolling as it twirled closer and closer. Fast moving debris and trees, snapped like twigs, moved in, and he knew outside was not the place to be. He went inside the house, but he still kept the camera on.

"I got a close up of the neighbor's farm lifting the shed and the barn off the ground," says Tyler.

While he was recording, just a few miles away Herb Rowin was snapping shots. His photos show the funnel cloud growing and gaining strength. He stopped clicking when it came too close. After calling 911, he and his family took shelter.

"It was pouring rain when we came out," tells Herb Rowin's wife, Cathy. "When we came up the basement stairs we couldn't believe the house was still there cause the whole time we were in the basement, the noise was so loud."

A cracked chimney and busted barn are the only damage. It is remarkable since surrounding homes are demolished.

"The first thing I thought when I looked around our place, we were really lucky," says Cathy Rowin.

Jason Tyler can say the same since his family farm is still in tact, and the close call is caught on tape.

"It is pretty exciting," says Tyler. "At the same time it is also pretty scary when it is about a quarter mile away."


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