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article imageVideo: Tornado tears through house near Humphrey, Nebraska

By JohnThomas Didymus     May 28, 2012 in Environment
Humphrey - A family at a farm homestead near Humphrey in eastern Nebraska, escaped a tornado that ripped their home apart. The storm struck the house around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and left only one kitchen wall and two columns standing.
KCCI reports that County emergency management director Tim Hofbauer, said the family saw the tornado coming and ran into the basement just in time. No member of the family was harmed.
(See video above. Warning: strong language. Viewer may prefer the second video which is a "clean audio version" of the first)
According to, home owner Bryan Herchenbach, said: "The sun was shining and I looked out the kitchen window and sure enough, there was two twisters." Herchenbach said he called his wife Jenny. She said: "We watched it for just a couple seconds and then we went down to the basement."
According to Herchenbach, "The impact hit. Glass blew and we could barely hold the door shut. It's just one of those supernatural things where you're like this isn't happening."
After the storm was over, Jenny went out first. Herchenbach said: "She came back crying and I said, 'I know. I know it's gone.' And, it was... It was just sky, blue sky..."
Landon Hemmer had a camera and caught the storm tearing the house apart from down the road. Hemmer said: "We thought maybe we should catch it on video because it's a once in a lifetime experience to see it. We were scared at first, not of what had happened but if the family was alright. We waited for after the tornado to lift up then we got in the car to go check on them right away."
According to MSN, the video above was shot by Damien Baumgart. Baumgart comments: "You gotta be f***ing kidding... Holy f***ing shit... Oh my f***ing God, dude...Holy sh*t dude... Are you f***ing kidding me right now?... Call 911! Tell them there's a tornado on the ground!"
Several members of the community turned up on Friday to help the Herchenbachs clear the debris. Herchenbach said: "We're going to clean up and rebuild and move on."
Herchenbach has other reasons to be thankful. He said: "My family's okay and that's what's important
Hofbauer said preliminary reports estimate the tornado as an EF-2.
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