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05/14/08-Longview

Storm Destroys Home Near Laneville

      Rusk County residents believe  a possible tornado, destroyed a home early Wednesday morning. The damage occurred in the communities of Laneville and Good Springs, near FM 839 and FM 1798. Carey Libby is a tornado chaser for the National Weather Service, and could hardly believe the damage when he arrived.

     "The national weather service did not put a watch out or warning out, it happened so fast and it caught everybody by surprise, there were trees down in this area, and there was structural damage, you have a tractor plow entwined in a fence that was still attached to the tractor" says Libby.

     What's left of the double-wide mobile home is floating in a nearby lake. It was literally torn apart and thrown by the winds into a nearby lake. Neighbors say the owner, Horace Crutchfield, wasn't home.  He took a rare fishing trip just yesterday. Trees uprooted and snapped, the mobile home picked up and thrown hundreds of yards away. Libby thinks only one force can do this. Not a micro burst or straight line winds, the extent of this damage indicates its something much more.

      "I've seen tornado damage before , but not what I've seen up there, we need to get data from this damage analyzed and see what exactly happened and where things went wrong" says Libby.

    Miraculously no one was injured in any of the damage. The National Weather Service will examine the data Libby turns in, and then decide whether it was a tornado that caused all that damage.  

   Bob Hallmark, Reporting bhallmark@kltv.com

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