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Hunters recall their close encounter with Saturday’s tornado

A group of duck hunters were in a marsh Saturday enjoying a successful day of hunting, until mother nature had other plans.

“It got real calm at first so you know you hear the calm before the storm and it actually did that, it was calm and then you know you hear the whole like it gets green out and it was kinda weird color out.” – Matt Stroub

The calm would not last, the group watched in disbelief as the twister formed.

“One particular spot was very angry, it was moving every direction and naturally that’s where it ended up dropping out.” – Jake Meyer

“It sounded like the mix between a freight train and the biggest wooden turbine.” – Jace Pedigo

As the tornado got closer the group realized their best bet for survival was staying put.

” We were in a steal pit, inside the ground, we would have had to walk through water to the four wheeler to get back to the trucks, and our trucks were actually in the path of where the tornado was going.”- Levi Sarff

With nothing else to do, they used their cell phone cameras to capture the incredible experience.

“That’s when I told Jace to hold up the ducks and tried to snap a few pictures and never in a million years that we were gunna get the picture that we did.” – Levi Sarff

Thankfully the tornado veered to the side of the group. While they were safe they watched the devastation across the water.

“The tornado actually destroyed a shed and a few grain bins just two fields away from us, so we knew it was definitely serious.” – Levi Sarff

They said they will never forget seeing a tornado’s undeniable strength first hand.

The force of it and you know the sheer power of it, it was an incredible, incredible thing to see.- Matt Stroub

“Makes you feel pretty alive, and glad to feel alive.” – Jace Pedigo

Kaitlin Pearson

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