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Unusual findings after storms

Posted Thursday, February 7, 2008, at 11:14 PM

After I get over the tragedy and sorrow of tornadoes and sometimes straight-line winds, I often marvel at the force unleashed during storms.

Some structure may be destroyed or heavily damaged, yet some object located within the structure or located directly next to it may be untouched.

One of ther most unusual I've ever seen was a barn almost totally destroyed. A quart fruit jar filled with large nails was located in the barn. All of the nails were sucked out of the fruit jar. Some of the nails were embedded at differing lengths in remnants of the barn...yet the jar remained in exactly the same place it had been prior to the storm.

What is the most unusual thing you've ever seen?

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Thanks for refreshing my memory TN Volunteer. I've taken so many pictures I sometimes don't even recognize my own.But I certainly do remember that one.

-- Posted by bomelson on Fri, Feb 8, 2008, at 10:53 PM

Remember 1974 Bo ? Green Hills a Buick 225 (BIG CAR } the fron end came through the roof and the bumper came to rest on a piano. The mother and daughter we seeking safety uner it. You took the picture.

-- Posted by Tn Volunteer on Fri, Feb 8, 2008, at 1:56 PM

Can't beat Bo's original story, but the tornado that cut a nasty swath across Fayetteville in the 50s made a hole in the side of a church building, and sucked most of the benches out of the auditorium, dropping them in its path northeastward. The meteorologists among us would say the tornado created such a sudden low pressure outside the building that the building exploded, blowing the pews out into the updraft...that doesn't work for nails in a glass jar, though!

-- Posted by dkd57 on Fri, Feb 8, 2008, at 12:22 PM

Following during the horrific outbreak of twisters in April of 1974, we found mail and cancelled checks from Huntsville, AL that fell out of the sky over Tullahoma. We were not hit that night, but the whole area was sprinkled with trash from 60 miles south of us.

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Fri, Feb 8, 2008, at 9:44 AM

In Florida after a hurricane a motorcycle was found laying on it's side inside a Glass Sunroom covered in seaweed. That might not seem so strange except for the fact there was only 2 sets of double doors at each end of the sunroom and no glass was broken anywhere. So that meant that the motorcycle had to be blown just right, to fit through the doors.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Feb 8, 2008, at 9:38 AM

A tornado totaled the steel and concrete building next to a family member's home but a flyer in her yard was neither dampened nor disturbed.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Fri, Feb 8, 2008, at 8:54 AM

I saw last night on the news where a couple's mobile home was destroyed however the one single wall that was left standing there was a coat closet . There were empty wire hangers still hanging on the rod but no roof left over it.

-- Posted by ontheoutside on Fri, Feb 8, 2008, at 8:25 AM

There was an 11 month old baby found with only a few scratches in the same field his dead Mother was found in. Searchers had already went over the field once looking for survivors and found the baby on the second check.

-- Posted by Mike Molder on Fri, Feb 8, 2008, at 7:43 AM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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