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Cedar Co. tornado sweeps away couple's livelihood


When Ryan Stone heard a tornado was headed his way Tuesday night, he knew he had to take shelter.

"Everything happened so fast. All the sudden, our four-wheeler went sliding by the window of the house on its side, and I took off for the basement," Coleridge, NE Tornado Victim Ryan Stone said.

Stone and his family now live in Coleridge, but he was thinking about his farmstead just outside of town.

"I thought of the farm out here. I knew it'd be bad, but I didn't think it'd be anything like this," Ryan said.

"You just, you don't even know what to think. You just are amazed at the site," Alisha Stone said.

Alisha said when she and her husband finally got to see this damage for themselves, they were in shock.

"Disbelief, and overwhelmed, and very emotional," Alisha said

Some of the buildings that used to stand on the Stone's property haven't even been located yet. There used be a three car garage directly behind the house, and there's no trace of it anymore.

"It's still, it's just completely devastating," Alisha said.

The barn, cattle shed, and machine shed are also gone, just some scattered pieces of debris remain and mangled farm equipment.

"I look at the house and think, 'gosh, we could have been in there,'" Alisha said.

"Just like the rug's pulled out from under your feet," Ryan said.

"You keep seeing things that you didn't realize the first day, or the second day, or third day. And, there's something new every time I come out here, I see something different. It's almost just as shocking each time," Alisha said.

Despite all the devastation, the Stone's said they feel grateful they were safe and have each other.

While many of their belongings are missing, Alisha  said one of their photographs landed in in Akron, Iowa.


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