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Super Cell Survivors Rebuild As A Community

Updated on January 2, 2013

The Storm Makes An Impact

On Friday, June 29, 2012 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, many were heading home for the day, people were busy preparing dinner, picking up kids from after school events or just out enjoying themselves. Even though the heart of the Midwest is accustomed to storms during the months of March through June, this super cell storm was not expected nor did it give people time to prepare for it's fury.

As it hit, ninety mile-an-hour winds and driving rain pelted the city and blew trash cans and small furniture into yards, and tore tiles off roofs. Over five hundred trees were downed and they affected the power of 30,000 homes in the Allen County area. This was not good for the people who had to face the grueling heat during the following days. The entire area looked like a war zone.

One homeowner, reported that she had barely entered her kitchen from the garage when she turned to see the overhead doors buckle. The violent wind howled as it picked up speed, the sky turned black and hail began to hit her dining room windows. She grabbed her purse and headed to her basement to take cover. All she could do was pray and hope that she and her home survived the storm's destructive power.

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After The Storm

Indiana Michigan Electric advised residents the power would be off until Wednesday, July 4th or later. Neighborhoods began to check their homes to ensure they were safe. People ventured outside to pick up debris, fallen limbs, and repair damage to windows, siding and roofs. At dusk, homes resorted to lighting candles and using flashlights as night fell upon the city.

The next day people began to post their status on Facebook and Twitter. There were notices of how homes were dealing with the loss of electricity, especially of concern was the food beginning to perish due to no refrigeration. Some issued help for neighbors with small children who had little means of feeding their family, elderly who required assistance and others with medical needs. Others sought help in cutting trees which had landed on homes and cars. Streets were blocked by trees making passage impossible to and from the neighborhoods.

After the storm, people ventured out to inspect homes for damage.
After the storm, people ventured out to inspect homes for damage. | Source
Large trees were blow over as if they were twigs.
Large trees were blow over as if they were twigs. | Source
Neighbors began to help each other restore homes.
Neighbors began to help each other restore homes. | Source

A Community of Survivors

The Midwest has been called the heartland of the US and this storm proved the people of Fort Wayne had earned this title. As the community began to respond to requests for help, many were grateful for the kindness of strangers who took time to prepare meals, help cut trees and offered to refrigerate food. No one asked people to respond, it is simply the nature of the those who live in this area. When it comes to disasters, everyone is a neighbor.

The city could have cancelled the July 4th celebration. Without power, it was a big consideration for the people in the community. However, the decision was to celebrate the fourth as many needed a reason to gather to celebrate surviving the storm. After all, this is what the Fourth Of July is all about: Americans who have withstood hardship and gained freedom to live in happiness and peace. God bless America!

Vertical Wind Field of Supercell


Tornado Safety: Signs Of A Super Cell Storm or Tornado

Here are some important facts to keep in mind when the spring season begins. Some tornado and super cells happen without prior warning. Knowing what to look for will help you to move to safety before it hits.

  • Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base
  • Whirling dust or debris on the ground, some tornadoes have no funnel
  • Hail or heavy rain followed by dead calm or wind shift
  • Day or night: loud, continuous roar or rumble which doesn't fade in a few seconds
  • Night: small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm
  • Night: persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted by lightning.

Those who live in the Midwest area, such as Fort Wayne, are familiar with these signs of storms, but it is always a good idea for everyone to have them posted somewhere in the home for reference.


It's A Celebration Of The Heart! (Courtesy of Vortex Interactive Studio)

Fort Wayne, Indiana


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    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      SG, it is the season of storms once again. Let's hope and pray it is better for everyone this year. Please feel free to link this to yours. Take care and stay safe.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Tornado season is here again! I love spring, but the storms that come with it really scare me. We had a tornado go across or place a couple of years ago. Luckily it did no damage to any structures here. The same tornado did a lot of damage to a friend's house a few miles from us. It killed 2 of his neighbors. I wrote a hub about tornado safety shortly afterwards. I would like to add a link to this, if I may. I love your video! People do pull together in times like this. Voting up and sharing! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Jamie, this storm took the area by surprise with its sudden appearance and strength. They pulled through it well. Thanks for your visit here.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      I know this storm must have been terrifying! I am surprised I didn't hear about it. It looks and sounds like it was pretty bad. One good thing about these things is it really shows us how people can pull together and help each other out. Beautiful hub, voting up!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      RTalloni, you have given me some encouragement in your comments. I find it refreshing that this topic helps to counteract the view of how government meets our needs. We hate to have to deal with tragedy, like the recent Colorado incident, but as Americans we still pull together to help one another.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Sometimes the only bright spot we can find in a tragedy is the love, care, and consideration people extend to each other when it hits. So glad to see this posted and read the comments so far. Hope it will be highlighted many times over with more comments!

      I was rolling the topic of how so many people want the government (our tax dollars) to solve their problems when I came across this that shows how much better it is when we take care of each other rather than sit and wait and deal with government entanglements when we will not do what we could do to help ourselves. That's a little of the topic, sorry. :]

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks, Integrity, I so appreciate your vote.

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      I voted up. That is another great one. WHOO!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Unknown, good question and probably should define it here. Super Cell is a strong storm that is not really defined as a tornado. Straight-line high winds are the force of this storm. Glad you enjoyed the message.

      Peggy, yes,this area has some really great people. I grew up in this area and, like many other communities in the US, people pull together when it really counts.

      Lindacee, the storm was devasting to some but it did bring out the best in others.

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      lindacee 5 years ago from Arizona

      Riveting account of the storm, its aftermath and the strength of the community. The videos and map capsule are great additions to a well-crafted Hub! Wonderful story about the resilience and heart of people. Well done, teaches.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      The pictures show the devastation but it is heartening to know how neighbors can band together for the common good during times of crisis like that tornado in Fort Wayne. Nice that they could still enjoy a 4th of July celebration! Voted up and interesting. Thanks!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      I really love the message you portrayed in here. i'm really curious at first what is super cell.. we never had tornadoes here..and thank God for that.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      When we had Hurricane Wilma a few years back, we were blessed with neighbors who were generous in providing help and giving of materials needed to repair the home. Hope we never forget what this does in keeping our human spirit strong. Thanks for your visit and vote, Vellur. Enjoy your day.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Love, kindness and generosity makes the world go around. People lend a helping hand to those who need it in times of great difficulties. The spirit of humanity is what helps to brave the worst of tornadoes or any catastrophe. A great hub throwing light on such situations. Voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      The drought is affecting so many people this year and let's hope we see an end to this soon. Missouri is in tornado alley and I'm sure that you have a community that knows how to pull together during these storms. Thanks for the input and visit, Dmhenderson. Be well and strong in your day's journey.

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      Dave Henderson 5 years ago from Missouri, USA

      Here in Missouri we know about tornadoes, of course. This year the fireworks had to go by the wayside on account of drought conditions. Thanks for the virtual display!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Faith, there were many miracles in this one as well. The lady with children was helped with food and electricity the very next day-- way before others. Prayers were answered. Be blessed today, dear friend.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      This reminds me a lot of the super cell tornados that came through Alabama last April 27th causing complete devastation. But what prevailed were some of the most amazing stories of the human spirit and humanity all coming together to help one another, miracle after miracle was seen and spoken of as a result. Great hub. Voted Up. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Christy, it was a good decision and, from what I hear, many turned out to enjoy the celebration. It's always great to hear how people pull together during disasters. You only hear about the looting and damage so many times, so hearing this was a happier side of it all.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a moving hub. I am glad the decision was made to continue with the celebrations in the face of such a disaster.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for your visit, NetflixReviews. I love fireworks and I am glad the city decided to go forward with it inspite of the super cell storm that passed through.

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      NetflixReviews 5 years ago from Somewhere in North America

      Great fireworks photos! Thanks for sharing!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Teacherjoe, it's what makes us a country, helping our fellow man in need. I hate that we have disasters, but it's a part of life we must face. Thank God for those who believe in charity.

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      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      Hi teaches.

      That is what a country greatm when strangers come to help each other.

      We used to do that on the farm. It builds good community spirit.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Alicia and Krsharp, it's a wonderful experience helping others in times of need and hearing how people appreciate the kindness is so inspiring. People still care these days! Thanks for your coming by to visit, friends.

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      Kristi Sharp 5 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      You brought tears to my eyes. My husband spent 10 days in Joplin last year with several other police officers and he brought back photos that were heart breaking. You did a beautiful job of shedding light and love on such a disaster. Blessings to all. -K

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely description of how people came together and helped each other during a crisis, teaches. It's great to hear that the community went ahead with their July 4th celebrations, too, despite their situation. That was a beautiful sign of hope.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I used moviemaker, which may come free or downloaded online. It's worth checking it out. It is wonderful that we can come together to help each other when disaster strikes. Thanks for your support here, Kelley.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Beautiful hub teaches. I also love the message of hope so many people have here in America and around the globe. It's good to know we can lean on others during times of difficulty. By the way what program did you use to add words with your video? I'm looking at buying one and don't know where to start. Thanks, Kelley

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Whonunuwho, the human spirit is unbelievably strong during duress when it is focused on the positive goals.

      TToombso8, thanks for your visit and support on this hub. Glad you came in for a chat. Take care, my friend.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Wow, teaches, this is a beautiful hub! Wonder message! VUMS.

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      A grand statement of the finest of the human spirit, teaches 12345. Nice hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      We are survivors indeed!! When push comes to shove we get it done. Thanks Bill for your added enthusiasm to the message (and for catching my mistake.. Oops).

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love the video, love the message that you deliver. Americans are survivors, able to withstand a severe body blow and get up and celebrate the next day. Well done my friend.

      (in the first line of the hub it says July 29th...I'm pretty sure that's supposed to be June 29th)