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Tornado touchdown totals car, brings neighbors together

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DENVER — Powerful storms resulting from an EF1 tornado that touched down briefly Wednesday lasted just a little over an hour, but the impact will be felt for quite some time.

Rain, hail, flooding, reports of funnel clouds and damage; reports of lots of damage in Denver.

Just ask Denver resident Hyla Viorst.  Her decades old, stories high evergreen tree was snapped in half like a toothpick.

“It is crashing down, I hear, it’s like a bullet.”  She said

Just moments after getting her sixteen year old son and his friends inside the home for safety, it happened.

“If you heard the sound it was like a bomb coming down.” Viorst said.

And just like a bomb, sometimes there is collateral damage, like her neighbor’s Chevrolet Tahoe that the giant pine came crashing down on.

It was a good parking spot, just bad timing for Viorst’s neighbor Gray Blount Busch.

“I parked further up than I normally do because I had groceries in the back so I parked under the shade,” said Busch.

No one was in the Tahoe when the giant pine flattened it.

As the cleaning begins today, reality sets in for both neighbors.

“This morning it was more of a reality that our car is totaled,” said Busch.

“Now, it’s terrifying.” reflected Viorst.  She also counters with some sage advice, “What we can control is loving each other and what we can control is staying calm.”

Words of wisdom.

To give you an idea of how much damage has been experienced in this area, this tree won’t be cleared until July 14.

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