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In the early afternoon hours of Friday, May 8, thousands of area residents experienced the raw power of nature's fury when hurricane-force winds toppled trees, smashed windows, ripped shingles from rooftops, and snapped utility poles like matchsticks, plunging tens of thousands of homes into darkness for days.
The storm many are calling the "Inland Hurricane of 2009" carved a path of destruction from Southeast Missouri across most of the Southern tip of Illinois claiming the life of an elderly Murphysboro man and causing millions of dollars in property damage.
Let's begin with a trip to the National Weather Service offices at Paducah to hear from the experts about what exactly hit us.
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