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When I was a kid living in Omaha Nebraska my elementry school, Westgate Elementry, and many block around were leveled by tornado. We had damage to our house but only a few houses up the damage was bad. Some houses leveled to the ground. It was a long time ago. I remember cars on houses and in trees. Our school, on top the hill, was almost gone. I remember standing where the gym was in the school. The only reason you could tell it was the gym was because of the sports marks on the floor. The walls were all gone. I believe I was in 4th grade. We made many trips to the basement each year.
The photos above are very different. It looks like the area was vacuumed away.
This was a very bad storm. 2011 has been a bad year for tornado and floods.
Mike is the name of my best friend in Omaha.
They lived north of me on Barbara Street closer to the direct path but were not home when the tornado hit. Sounds like Mike is a lucky name.
Can not imagine what your parents or you went through. We were very lucky.
The tornado bounced off the rail road berm and finally went through the open area where the creek passed. We would have been in the direct path if would have jumped over direct.
Some times luck is all you have.