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Twister

Roger Sparks surveys damage to his home. Debris in the tree overhead is the wall from a metal shed that was torn apart.

By JOHN SERFUSTINI
Sun Advocate Reporter

Violent thunderstorms south of Price whipped up at least one whirling funnel cloud that devastated one Miller Creek property.

There were no injuries at the home of Roger and Carol Sparks as the wild wind tore through their lot on Golding Road at about 3 p.m. The damage left onlookers who arrived later staring in awe at the force.

The list of damages includes:

A travel trailer about 30 feet long picked up and blown end-over-end for about 50 yards;

Two metal sheds taken airborne, torn apart and wrapped like blankets around backyard trees;

Mature trees uprooted or snapped off their trunks at ground level; and

Broken tree branches strewn throughout the property.

The home itself was left relatively intact, suffering damage to the siding causing by fast-moving debris.

Witnesses in Miller Creek said they watched the tornado from their homes and some even took photographs and videos of it. The funnel cloud was visible from Price, about 10 miles north of where it touched down.

Some who saw the twister from Price reported seeing a second funnel, but those reports are unconfirmed. Tornadoes form when hot, moist air rises at high speed from the surface into thurnderheads that can reach altitudes of 40,000 feet. When the hot air leaves the surface, it creates a very low pressure area on the ground. Air from the surrounding area rushes in from all directions, picks up a swirling motion and eventually reaches devastating speed.

The aftermath of the storm's passage attest to the force of the winds at the home of Roger and Carol Sparks. Left, a toppled travel trailer awaits a front-end loader to set it upright. Above, the wind snapped mature pine and shade trees off at the roots. Below left, the sheets that look like blankets in the broken trees are sheet metal from a shed, twisted by the force of the twister. Below right, once a neatly arranged storage shed, only wreckage and scattered hardware remain, strewn over a wide path.




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