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Some people move from the North to the South with all sorts of irrational fears. Snakes, Hillbillies, Hurricanes, Tarantulas, Tornadoes, fears of all sorts of Venomous Vermin. The matriarch of the McMeganoodle family, aka Ma, moved from the sublime heaven on earth of Skagit County, Washington to the wilderness wilds of backwoods Oklahoma, miles from the nearest modern city, a long drive to the nearest freeway, roads without signs, and often without cement.

Ma McMeganoodle's number one fear was the unlikely event of a tornado. When Eyes on Texas visited the McMeganoodle's, Ma McMeganoodle was obsessed with wanting a storm cellar. She was told she was being ridiculous; she admitted she'd not heard of any tornadoes touching down in her area.

The McMeganoodle's made pilgrimages to visit the tornado damage in Oklahoma City, and the tornado damage in Fort Worth. Gradually she became less worried. Even though others of her worries had come true. A tarantula somehow spent part of one night in her bed. Snakes had been found in her attic, and climbing all over her house. Copperheads slithered down her driveway.

And just when Ma McMeganoodle was beginning to adjust, beginning to venture outside, to plant a garden, to patrol for tarantulas, along came a fluke of coincidence that seems impossible. A mere 6 months after the Fort Worth tornadoes, the McMeganoodles in Oklahoma had an up close visit with their very own twister. Having survived it and finding it incredibly exciting ,Ma McMeganoodle now wants to see a bigger one. But from a further distance....

What follows are the photos the formerly afraid
Ma McMeganoodle took of this event and its aftermath......

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Touching down and then lifting back up and then back down again, the tornado makes it relentless way towards La Casa McMeganoodle....

The wind began to blow harder, seemingly in all directions at once, debris and dust filled the air. You couldn't see if the twister was on the ground or not. The deafening roar was as loud, if not louder than its reputation.

Using a digital filter on the previous photo you can more clearly see debris blowing, and can make out the dark area of the center of the storm.

And now there is now doubt about it. The tornado has touched down and is headed ever closer.

Growing more ominous as it gets closer.

By the time the tornado got close enough that it was decided it was time to find safety inside it had become impossible to see where the tornado was. The wind was blowing so hard the door would not open. Daughter, Megan McMeganoodle, screamed for her mother to come inside and seek safety with her in a closet. But, the former fearful one who so desperately wanted a storm cellar stayed outside during the entire tornado!

A long worrisome night, not knowing how much damage had been done, not knowing what daylight would reveal. Come morning there was sheet metal and other garbage and tree parts littering the landscape

This is not a blown over street name sign since those don't exist in this area of Oklahoma.

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Much of the neighbor's barn blew over to the McMeganoodle side of the fence.

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And what didn't blow over the fence, blew up against the fence.

An elderly oak, snapped like a toothpick by the twister. Note the abode in the V of the crack. That is La Casa McMeganoodle.


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