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Fae and Art built their magnificent ICF Estate home back in 2004. Officials called their acreage part of the EF4/5 zone of the May 2013 tornado, as it is on the 149th st. corridor of destruction. Their neighboring houses were completely wiped out, but as you can see their house is still standing tall.
On the afternoon of the tornado with the sirens blaring, the homeowner turned on the television. Broadcasting on the TV was live footage of the tornado touching down about 3-5 miles away from his home. He immediately took shelter in his ICF safe room inside of his ICF house, and waited for about 5-10 minutes before it was apparent the roar of the tornado was directly on top of him. He could hear the noise and the sound of the roof getting sucked up. After agonizing minutes he came out and witnessed the destruction to his home and his neighborhood. As you will see from the pics below, the south side of his home took the brunt of the winds, and the tornado even threw a Toyota Tundra directly into the exterior wall of the safe room, and yet the wall did not budge.