I realize that this has nothing to do with Russian history, but it did happen to an historian of Russia. I’ve lived twenty years in Indiana, and eight years in Kansas, but last night was my first encounter with a tornado. My house sustained some holes in the roof, a broken window, and a sprung garage door. At least twenty of my neighbors weren’t so lucky, and had their houses leveled. The best presentation of what I’ve seen is this aerial footage:
The only thing it doesn’t show is the extent of damage to the houses still standing.
I actually appear in the video for the first 1.5 seconds. I’m the guy at the bottom of the screen walking with a hand in pocket, wearing purple t-shirt with white lettering and ridiculously large boots (give me a break–lots of nails and broken glass around).