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Unusual Weather Damage

Drive Train, No Truck

Drive Train, No Truck

Though not overtly spectacular, this may be the most impressive damage scene for me. In an open field, far removed from any other automotive debris, the Andover, KS tornado of 26 April 1991 deposited a drive train, axle and wheels, with a tire stripped off one rim. The tornado disemboweled some vehicle's innards, tore them free and tossed them away, as a fisherman would gut his catch! Whither the rest of the (presumed) truck? What sequence of events must happen in a tornado vortex to yield this result? The only evidence of its origin was a curving series of divots in the sod extending hundreds of feet from the SW -- gouged by the drive train as it bounced inside the tornado's circulation toward this resting spot.

Andover KS (12 May 91) looking NW

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