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|Date Taken:||Tue, August 12, 2003: 7:44 AM|
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|Date Added:||November 27, 2005|
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This storm came through Austin, Texas on the evening of August 11, 2003. People initially thought a tornado must have struck the neighborhood, but weather experts say it was a downdraft or microburst or something with 70 to 80 mile per hour winds. This was fortunately localized to just one neighborhood of town. Many large trees were snapped off or uprooted and some apartments a few blocks from me lost their roofs and had to be evacuated. I am glad I was at work that evening - I think I might have freaked out if I'd been home. Fortunately, in spite of all the damage, I have not heard that anyone was actually hurt in this storm.
The big juniper or "red cedar" trees in the area were shredded and I saw several good sized trees snapped off at about 4 or 5 feet off the ground, but what impressed me was the number of trees in this area, some of them quite large, that were just yanked completely out of the ground roots and all.
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