Washington County Tornado 18 October 2004

About 4:00 p.m. an F1 tornado with winds of 73 to 112 mph made a direct hit on Potosi Lumber Company then went on to Mineral Point.  It was reported that five tornadoes were in Washington County that day.  This one missed my house by maybe half a mile but did about $6,000 or $7,000 dollars worth of damage to my cousin's house who lives over on the next road. These pictures were taken the day after the tornado.

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This is what is left of Potosi Lumber Company.
All persons that were inside the building miraculously survived with only minor cuts & bruises.

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Potosi Lumber Company. 

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Across the street from Potosi Lumber

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Across the highway from Potosi Lumber Company.

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Across the highway from Potosi Lumber Company.

Mineral Point - These pictures represent only a small portion of the damage:

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Washington County Tornado 18 October 2004

"Fotos by Firefly"

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Potosi Lumber Company - Hwy. 21 at north edge of Potosi.

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Mr. Firefly holding a large hail stone in Old Mines.

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About  mile out E Hwy from 21

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This is just next to the previous photo.  The roof and part of the framelanded in the neighbor's yard..

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Fortunately the house was unharmed except for a couple of broken windows and
loose shingles.

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The roof flew quite a ways until it was stopped by the tree line on the far side of the neighbor's yard.