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Oregon tornado

A rare tornado struck a small town south of Portland today, tearing roofs off buildings, hurling objects into vehicles and homes and uprooting trees.


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Ryan Cates holds his hand to his face as he looks at the damage to his house caused by a tornado after it touched down on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, in Aumsville, Ore.


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A worker from NW Natural walks through debris at a house damaged by a tornado after it touched down on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, in Aumsville, Ore.


“We saw a trampoline fly over a church. It was like the Wizard of Oz.”

Gara Adams, Neufeldt’s Restaurant employee

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A tornado hurled this board through the windshield of a pickup Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, in Aumsville, Ore.


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Aumsville resident Bryce Bates uses his cell phone camera to photograph uprooted trees caused by a tornado that touched down Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, in the Oregon town.


Rick Bowmer - Associated Press

People gather outside destroyed buildings on Main Street, including T.G. Nichols Plumbing, in Aumsville, Ore., after a tornado touched down on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. ““There’s maybe a quarter of the building left,” said City Administrator MaryAnn Hills of the plumbing store . “Most of it ended up on the house next door.”


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Doug Zeigler walks past a tree uprooted by a tornado that touched down on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, in Aumsville, Ore.


“I was freaking out. I have lived in Oregon all my life and I never thought I would actually see a tornado.”

Justin Profitt, Aumsville, Ore., resident

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A destroyed building is shown after a tornado touched down on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, in Aumsville, Ore.


A woman uses her cell phone camera to photograph a damaged home after a tornado touched down on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, in Aumsville, Ore.


Rick Bowmer - Associated Press

Workers check power lines after a tornado touched down on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, in Aumsville, Ore.

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