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    Walk-ins, not just for refrigerating food anymore

    Some of you might have heard about the tornadoes that slammed parts of the south last night.

    In Ringgold, GA. last night, the people inside a McDonald's saw one coming right for them. Thinking quickly, the manager put all the employees and customers inside the walk-in, likely saving their lives as the windows and walls were blown out and much of the interior of the store ejected. The manager was the last one in and the tornado struck as he was entering, slamming the door on his hand and crushing it. Other than that, none of them were injured.

    Others in the area didn't fare so well.


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    That's a great story, especially since there was so much death and damage elsewhere.

    My dad lives about 3/4 miles from that McDonalds. Luckily, he only had minor damage to his property.

    My niece tells me that much of the city of Ringgold is damaged and closed off. That's part of my old stomping ground and from the pictures I've seen, it want be the same next time I visit.

    I hope the missing are found soon...............alive.

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    I don't think it would have mattered had it been a direct hit. That being said it was a smart move on that managers part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powell View Post
    That's a great story, especially since there was so much death and damage elsewhere.

    My dad lives about 3/4 miles from that McDonalds. Luckily, he only had minor damage to his property.

    My niece tells me that much of the city of Ringgold is damaged and closed off. That's part of my old stomping ground and from the pictures I've seen, it want be the same next time I visit.

    I hope the missing are found soon...............alive.
    I'm also from the area and have family and property there. Thankfully, all OK. Much of downtown Ringgold is smashed though.

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    Always wondered how a box would work as an ice fishing shack - never thought about it as a tornado shelter.

    Good (quick) thinking on the manager's part. Thank goodness no one was seriously injured.

    I hope you made it through the storms ok, k_dude.
    "The problem is the average person isnt tuned in to lifelong learning, or going to seminars and so forth. If the information is not on television, and its not in the movies they watch, and its not in the few books that they buy, they dont get it" - Jack Canfield

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    Quote Originally Posted by markettech View Post
    Always wondered how a box would work as an ice fishing shack - never thought about it as a tornado shelter.

    Good (quick) thinking on the manager's part. Thank goodness no one was seriously injured.

    I hope you made it through the storms ok, k_dude.
    We dodged the bullet here; one went under us and the other north of us.

    The bad one in Ringgold passed so close to my niece that she could see it out the window; but all my peeps came out fine.

    Many were not so lucky though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k-fridge View Post
    We dodged the bullet here; one went under us and the other north of us.

    The bad one in Ringgold passed so close to my niece that she could see it out the window; but all my peeps came out fine.

    Many were not so lucky though.
    Your niece is lucky indeed!

    Hey, when did you switch from underscore to hyphen? Something doesn't look right with your username........or am I losing my mind?
    "The problem is the average person isnt tuned in to lifelong learning, or going to seminars and so forth. If the information is not on television, and its not in the movies they watch, and its not in the few books that they buy, they dont get it" - Jack Canfield

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    Quote Originally Posted by markettech View Post
    Your niece is lucky indeed!

    Hey, when did you switch from underscore to hyphen? Something doesn't look right with your username........or am I losing my mind?
    He changed it bout the same time you went all lower case
    How the heck r ya MT
    Been a long time
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    Quote Originally Posted by markettech View Post
    Your niece is lucky indeed!

    Hey, when did you switch from underscore to hyphen? Something doesn't look right with your username........or am I losing my mind?
    Hey, you're paying attentions. LOL

    My new PDA phone doesn't have an underscore key, so I couldn't log in on it.

    Yeah, it just doesn't feel right to me either. Dang!

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    20 more people saved by a walk-in
    http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/23...ssouri/?hpt=T1

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    In 1973 If memory serves me right a Tornado went down a street called Peoria in Tulsa, OK. At a Shot Gun Sams pizza 7 people got in the walk in and it became airborne from the direct hit. The walk in ended up 125 ft away and in the middle of the street and all 7 people made statements to the news that it did not even spin and stayed level and was as gentle as a elevator ride only sideways.

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