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Fat Elvis
06-12-2008, 01:05 PM
The Wind Erosion Laboratory at Kansas State was destroyed by the tornado that hit Manhattan.

ROYC75
06-12-2008, 01:10 PM
When was that ? I have a sister in Manhattan .

Redrum_69
06-12-2008, 01:12 PM
last night

Redrum_69
06-12-2008, 01:12 PM
check it out

http://www2.ljworld.com/

Redrum_69
06-12-2008, 01:13 PM
CHAPMAN — At least two people were killed late Wednesday when a line of tornadoes cut a diagonal swath across Kansas, destroying much of the small town of Chapman and causing extensive damage on the Kansas State University campus.

Sharon Watson, spokeswoman for the Kansas Adjutant General's Department, said one victim was a woman found outside in a yard in Chapman, in Dickinson County, and the other was a man found outside a mobile home in the Jackson County town of Soldier. The victims' names had not yet been released.

The most extensive damage from the tornado outbreak appeared to be in Chapman, a town of about 1,400 east of Abilene in north-central Kansas.

Brad Homman, director of administration and emergency services for Dickinson County, said Thursday morning that about 100 homes were destroyed or damaged when the twister struck around 10:30 p.m.

"We have no electricity or water or gas at this point," Hammon told reporters in a briefing. "It may be days before it's restored."

Three critically injured residents were at Geary Community Hospital in nearby Junction City, while dozens of what Homman called "walking wounded" suffered cuts, bruises, scrapes and broken bones.

A tornado also hit the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, damaging several campus buildings and tossing cars around in parking lots. Several local businesses also received extensive damage, according to the National Weather Service.

In Chapman, about 100 people had sought refuge from the storm at the school district's gymnasium, which has four concrete-walled locker rooms.

"People were hollering and screaming, and kids were crying. Dogs were yipping," said Bob Diehl, a retired maintenance supervisor for the local school district. "It was something I hope I never have to go through again."

Watson said a shelter had been established in Abilene and victims were taken there by bus.

Authorities gave a reporter a quick tour of the devastation in Chapman Thursday morning but didn't allow interviews with residents, saying they wanted to give the people time to clean up.

In the town's southwest corner, two nearly empty lots showed where two homes had once stood, their foundations all that remained. A large pile of rubble sat across the street.

In parts of the town, the damage seemed random. The twister tore the front off of one house but left the clock and lace on the fireplace mantle untouched.

The town's high school was heavily damaged with most of its roof torn off and several walls partially destroyed. The tornado also damaged the Lutheran and Methodist churches and stripped shingles and roofs from buildings all over town.

One two-story home near the Lutheran church was lifted off its foundation, pulled away from its front porch, moved 30 feet and twisted at an angle. A funeral home was reduced to splintered boards and rubble.

Downtown Chapman was largely spared, suffering mostly blown-out windows.

In the northeast corner of the city, the elementary and middle schools were heavily damaged and vehicles in their parking lots were picked up and tossed in an adjacent field.

Throughout the city, the storm toppled utility poles, downed power lines and stripped trees bare.

About 35 miles away at Kansas State, storm damage was estimated to exceed $20 million, according to Tom Rawson, the university's vice president for administration and finance.

"The damage on campus is extensive," Rawson said. "Roofs have been damaged or torn off, windows have been blown out in many buildings."

He said Weber Hall was severely damaged, and the Wind Erosion Lab "is gone." There was also significant damage to the engineering complex, and to at least four other buildings, including Ward Hall, which houses the university's nuclear reactor.

Rawson said the reactor was undamaged.

"There is no danger from the reactor, even if the roof and walls had been damaged," said Mo Hosni, head of Kansas State's department of mechanical and nuclear engineering.

Thursday's classes were canceled. School vice president Bob Krause said several buildings were without power, and debris littered the campus.

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon house was also heavily damaged, but all residents were safe and no injuries were reported.

Holly York, a recent Kansas State graduate, ended up in the basement of her house on the northeast side of campus, where she said she felt thunder shake the building.

"I had a crank radio," she said. "We had blankets and pillows over us."

ROYC75
06-12-2008, 01:32 PM
WOW :eek: It missed my sister's house, but she works at KSU and my BIL owns the Library Liquor Store.

Not heard from them at all .

DaFace
06-12-2008, 01:35 PM
I've got a friend whose house apparently was damaged in Chapman. Thankfully, he and his family are all OK.

ROYC75
06-12-2008, 01:36 PM
:eek: My sister house is safe, 2 1/2 blocks away . :eek: My BIL watched from the front door. :shake:

The store is OK. On phone with her now.

Easy 6
06-12-2008, 01:37 PM
The midwest is getting a beating like it hasnt had in a long time...mudslides, floods, tornado deaths left & right, good grief.

Mr. Plow
06-12-2008, 01:46 PM
I'm glad nearly everyone in Manhattan is ok. KS has just been beaten with storms this year.

With that said, I bet the sheep were well protected.

chasedude
06-12-2008, 01:47 PM
The midwest is getting a beating like it hasnt had in a long time...mudslides, floods, tornado deaths left & right, good grief.

Learn to swim... /Maynard

DaFace
06-12-2008, 02:33 PM
Looks like Chapman was pretty much flattened. Not to the extent of Greensburg or anything, but they're saying 75% of the town was severely damaged.

InChiefsHell
06-12-2008, 02:42 PM
Man, we have just been getting pounded with storms these last few weeks, and last night was no exception. But last night's storm proved horribly tragic, as a Boy Scout camp was hit by a tornado. Here's the story:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,365782,00.html

This morning, victims were announced, 4 dead, 3 from Omaha and 1 from a small town in Iowa.

I've lived here for 24 years, and we always deal with the weather, but I can't remember a time when it was this severe so often for such an extended period...

And I can't even bear the thought of what it would be like to bury my own child...
Prayers are needed and appreciated. We're all a little shell shocked around here...

Easy 6
06-12-2008, 02:44 PM
Man, we have just been getting pounded with storms these last few weeks, and last night was no exception. But last night's storm proved horribly tragic, as a Boy Scout camp was hit by a tornado. Here's the story:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,365782,00.html

This morning, victims were announced, 4 dead, 3 from Omaha and 1 from a small town in Iowa.

I've lived here for 24 years, and we always deal with the weather, but I can't remember a time when it was this severe so often for such an extended period...

And I can't even bear the thought of what it would be like to bury my own child...
Prayers are needed and appreciated. We're all a little shell shocked around here...

Terrible, terrible story & IIRC this happened to another group of camping Boy Scouts not very long ago.

kstater
06-12-2008, 04:40 PM
Damn that sucks.

Fish
06-12-2008, 06:00 PM
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Ari Chi3fs
06-12-2008, 06:31 PM
I've got an enemy whose house apparently was damaged in Chapman. Thankfully, he and his family are all dead.

Frazod
06-12-2008, 06:59 PM
The midwest is getting a beating like it hasnt had in a long time...mudslides, floods, tornado deaths left & right, good grief.

The most amazing thing was the lake that was destroyed by a flood. Sounds retarded :spock: but it happened in Wisconsin.

RustShack
06-12-2008, 07:04 PM
Is it Decemer 21, 2012 already?

mcan
06-12-2008, 07:14 PM
Last night was a mix of adreniline and horror.
It missed by apartment by a breath. The trees and fences just 20 feet to the North of my kitchen were all torn from the ground and thrown to the parking lot. Others weren't so lucky. The houses and cars a block north of me are pretty much toast from all the downed trees and direct tornado damage. Two blocks further East, campus is a mess. Those pictures are all over the internet, but the damage that made my jaw drop is the block of Huntington and College Heights just west of campus and 100 yards north of my apartment.

Out west of here, Little Apple Toyota took a beating, but this tornado just flat out pancaked the hardware store next to it. :shudder:

Fish
06-12-2008, 07:20 PM
http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/5955/litapp2uc0.jpg

http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/5849/litapez7.jpg

mcan
06-12-2008, 07:25 PM
http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/5955/litapp2uc0.jpg

http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/5849/litapez7.jpg



Who's photos? Can you just send me a link to the whole batch of them?

kstater
06-12-2008, 07:26 PM
Link to tons of pictures. Real surreal sight.
http://www.found.ksu.edu/tornado_relief_album/index.html


Site has a relief fund set up as well. I'm making a donation, and encourage others to do so as well. Estimated damage at $20 million.

Fish
06-12-2008, 07:32 PM
Who's photos? Can you just send me a link to the whole batch of them?

http://wibw.mycapture.com/mycapture/photos/Album.aspx?EventID=270426&CategoryID=34912

kstater
06-12-2008, 07:50 PM
Interesting photo.

DaFace
06-13-2008, 10:27 AM
I had forgotten that my cousin's wife grew up in chapman as well. Here are some pics that a friend of hers took in the town.

Elementary School:
http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/6295/chapmanelementaryyb7.th.jpg (http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/6295/chapmanelementaryyb7.jpg)

High School (where my friend had just been hired as a teacher):
http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/917/chswh1.th.jpg (http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/917/chswh1.jpg)

Middle School:
http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/4137/cmsld1.th.jpg (http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/4137/cmsld1.jpg)

School District Office:
http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/8793/districtofficedr4.th.jpg (http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/8793/districtofficedr4.jpg)

Random (former) House:
http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/8839/formerhouse2blocksfrommgr2.th.jpg (http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/8839/formerhouse2blocksfrommgr2.jpg)

Methodist Church:
http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/649/methodistchurchla4.th.jpg (http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/649/methodistchurchla4.jpg)

Random House:
http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/6851/missingroofos3.th.jpg (http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/6851/missingroofos3.jpg)

Photographer's Back Yard:
http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/9928/mybackyarduc7.th.jpg (http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/9928/mybackyarduc7.jpg)

Photographer's Front Porch:
http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/8348/mykatrinahomageim1.th.jpg (http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/8348/mykatrinahomageim1.jpg)

Street Scene:
http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/2125/streetscenecn0.th.jpg (http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/2125/streetscenecn0.jpg)

chasedude
06-13-2008, 10:37 AM
Interesting photo.

Wow, it's amazing the damage winds can do.

Mr. Plow
06-13-2008, 10:41 AM
Wow. Didn't realize there was that much damage.

DaFace
06-13-2008, 12:16 PM
Wow. Didn't realize there was that much damage.

I don't think it was an especially WIDE tornado, so the destruction was relatively contained. However, the areas that were hit got hit pretty bad.