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Tornado at the cottage - definition of "getting lucky"


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Western Lake County, IL got hit with some nasty straight line winds (probably 75-80 mph) plus a twister yesterday about 4:30 PM. Big maples looked like a giant hand was shaking them and it rained about 3-4 inches in a half hour - sideways at times. Pictures show what's left of the storage shed that my grandfather built in 1955. The fact that it was still standing at all is a tribute to true 2 x 4s made of Douglas fir. The picture taken through the window is the definition of what it means to "get lucky". The motor on the far left is a 1928 Evinrude, next to it a 1940 Elto, and the one closest to the camera is a 1936 Johnson. We cut a hole in the wall with my chain saw and got all of the motors out this morning with no damage.

 

Could have been a helluva lot worse.

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Here's one more photo with the wall cut out. Shows how close the wall came to smashing the Vacturi carburetor on the 1936 Johnson. None of the motors had a mark on them. Definitely a lucky break as the 1928 Evinrude has a pot metal carburetor that is very fragile and the carb was facing the wall.
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