: Chicago + Ben Franklin = EPIC PICS



Jesda
06-25-10, 03:26 PM
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/06/24/article-0-0A2C86C9000005DC-437_468x675.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/06/24/article-1289162-0A2C722B000005DC-676_468x478.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/06/24/article-1289162-0A2C722B000005DC-676_468x478.jpg

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1289162/Lightning-strikes-Willis-Tower-Trump-Tower-Chicago.html

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-25-10, 05:11 PM
I heard about that today, that was pretty fricking cool. I had forgotten that the Trump Tower is now the 2nd tallest building in Chicago.

gary88
06-25-10, 05:15 PM
Yeah that storm on Wednesday was utterly insane.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-25-10, 05:16 PM
What kinda damage did you guys get? Any hail or twisters?

A town I visit for work, Albert Lea, got hit by an F-4 last thursday, and the damage was devastating to see in person. I'll post pictures later.

ga_etc
06-26-10, 01:39 AM
Those pics are incredible.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-26-10, 02:09 AM
I apologize for the quality of the photos. I was driving when I took some of these with my iPhone. Out of respect for the victims, I did not want to stop and pull over, especially when they were in the recovery process.

F3
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/June%2017th%202010%20Albert%20Lea%20Tornado/IMG_3226.jpg
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/June%2017th%202010%20Albert%20Lea%20Tornado/IMG_3224.jpg
It cut a swath through the cornfields and stripped the ground bare.
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/June%2017th%202010%20Albert%20Lea%20Tornado/IMG_3229.jpg
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/June%2017th%202010%20Albert%20Lea%20Tornado/IMG_3238.jpg
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/June%2017th%202010%20Albert%20Lea%20Tornado/IMG_3239.jpg
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/June%2017th%202010%20Albert%20Lea%20Tornado/IMG_3237.jpg

This was the F-4. Many of the homesteads in this area were like this, if not worse. The house would be half gone, the barn & outlying buildings usually leveled, and the trees stripped bare aside from the stump and big branches. Some houses in this area, about 2-3 miles north, were completely leveled as the tornado grew in strength. At it's height, this F-4 was a mile wide. All of the remnants of any houses have to be destroyed now as they're totally unliveable anymore.
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/June%2017th%202010%20Albert%20Lea%20Tornado/IMG_3243.jpg

All in all, most estimates say 20 tornados touched down in various parts of Minnesota on the night of 6/17/10. I was actually in Albert Lea, the city that got the F-4 earlier that afternoon. I remember it was about 92*, extremely humid and there was a constant warm wind blowing out of the south west. When I left there at about 4:15, I knew something was coming and it wasn't good, but I didn't imagine it would be quite this bad. The tornados touched down in this area around 6-6:30