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Awful. The only bright spot in this, if there is one, is that a tornado watch in effect for that area almost 4 hours prior to the event, and a tornado warning was issued apparently about 20 minutes prior to Greensburg begin hit. I'm sure this is part of the reason why the number of folks killed or injured wasn't higher, given the degree of destruction.

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It is horrific. But you just watch that midwest community rebuild itself. I've never seen anything like it but in this area of the country... neighbor helping neighbor, pulling together in a united humanitarian cause. Remarkable. God bless them all!
 

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I heard a radio announcer say today that pictures of Greensburg look like pictures of bombed cities in WWII. He was right.
 

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My brain was vaporlocking while trying to make sense of what it was seeing. Could that really be all that's left of an entire town? I almost can't take it all in, it's just such massive destruction. That tornado had to have been huge to cause that much damage, it's like the land was scoured clear of the structures and only heaps of displaced rubble appear here and there.

I have a horrible fear of needles, but our fire department is hosting a blood drive (scheduled before the disaster), as well as a clothing/canned goods/water/etc drive, and after seeing these images, I guess I'll go sacrifice an arm and some 'stuff'. It's the least I can do. I can't imagine the strength and courage it takes to get through something like this and rebuild.
 

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There is great speculation on this. . . but it is thought that the fact that Hwy 54 (US 400) runs through the town will encourage rebuilding and businessses.

It was classified as an EF-5 tornado.

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It is horrific. But you just watch that midwest community rebuild itself. I've never seen anything like it but in this area of the country... neighbor helping neighbor, pulling together in a united humanitarian cause. Remarkable. God bless them all!
 

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My family lives near Hallam, Nebraska, which was totally devestated by a tornado three years ago. At least 80% of the houses and businesses were wiped out. It is totally surreal to be there and have to see houses of friends and colleagues just gone. I really feel for the people in this town and hope that they are able to keep a sense of community through all this.
 

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That is just unbelievable. Mother Nature's fury. :(

I can't help but think of all the animals (dogs/cats/livestock) that didnt' make it as well.
 

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Besides the people, I also can't stop hurting for the animals lost. :'(
 

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They found two more bodies, the count is up to 12.
 
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My boss grew up 20 miles from there, his friends are starting to send him pictures. They're absolutely insane. It looks like something out of a horror film.
 
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