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Surveillance video shows trailers being overturned by tornado

Saturday, November 6th, 2010 8:25am MDT
Crews pick up debris from Chickamauga Creek Oct. 27, 2010. (USACE/ Richard Scott)

Crews pick up debris from Chickamauga Creek Oct. 27, 2010. (USACE/ Richard Scott)

An extraordinary severe weather outbreak on Tuesday, October 26th brought Mother Nature’s fury to a large part of the nation stretching from Mississippi to Michigan.  Of the dozens of tornadoes reported that day, one ripped through Chickamauga Lock near Chattanooga, Tennessee and was captured on surveillance video.

  • Watch the amazing video below

The twister ripped through an area near Chickamauga Dam Tuesday evening where the Army Corps of Engineers is constructing the lock.  No injuries to the employees working at the sight were reported but the Corps said some barely escaped. 

The video, captured by a surveillance camera, initially gives no indication of the destruction that is about to come as conditions appear calm and vehicles are seen driving on a nearby road.  40 seconds into the video the winds and rain begin to pick up and 10 seconds later two construction trailers are flipped over and reduced to rubble.

Wayne Huddleston, project manager at Chickamauga Lock, said “The Corps is relocating personnel to other buildings on site and repairs and cleanup are ongoing.  We are extremely pleased that no people were hurt and that operations were not seriously affected by the storm.”

The video clearly shows why mobile homes and other structures without permanent foundations are never a safe place to take cover during severe weather.  Residents should always seek sturdier shelter in a permanent structure.

For all the latest on all types of natural disasters, be sure to check out the Natural Disasters Examiner.

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