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Tornado Rips Through Rural Oregon Community
Video of the Destruction

Footage shows Tornado's destructive path.

Aumsville, Oregon Tornado
Photo by Dexter Phoenix

(AUMSVILLE, Ore.) - A Tornado touched down at the southern end of Aumsville, Oregon last Tuesday at approximately 11:40 a.m. cutting a swath of destruction but fortunately sparing the people of this rural Oregon town from serious injury.

Unusual in the Northwest, the Tornado had a Fujita Scale rating of EF2 with estimated wind speeds between 110 and 120 MPH.

Salem-News.com video photographer Jerry Freeman went to the scene twice Tuesday, accompanied the second time by our still photographer Dexter Phoenix.

The scenes they recorded are something Oregon residents are absolutely not accustomed to seeing.

Maurita Nichol, whose husband owns and operates the long-established Nichol's Plumbing, told Salem-News it was extremely fortunate that nobody was in their business when the building practically disintegrated.

The barber shop adjacent to the plumbing company was damaged and the barber was shaken, but unhurt.

There is one amazing story after another emerging from what was for many, a catastrophic event.

In the Tornado that struck Aumsville, 50 structures were damaged, and thirty or more large trees were blown down or snapped off.

The event damaged 5 sheds and tipped two semi truck trailers over.

The estimated length of the touchdown is 5 miles, and it was approximately 150 yards wide.

Video edited by Tim King


Jerry Freeman is part of a new generation of dedicated news photographers who are entering the Internet news industry as a second career. He shares in common with many people the dream of becoming a visual journalist. Joining the Navy at an early age, and the Oregon Army Guard a few years later, Jerry has a wide range of life experiences. He describes himself as “an old truck driver with a new found passion to bare witness on the world’s events.” Teaming up with Salem-News.com he embarks on a new career as a video news photographer and reporter. Stay tuned, and see how it turns out. Jerry seems to exhibit natural talent and is already becoming a published member of the Salem-News.com team. You can send Jerry Freeman an email at this address: bearingwitness@live.com


Dexter Phoenix has worked as a staff and freelance photographer since the mid-1990's and has a wealth of professional experiences on his resume. We welcome his presence to our staff and Salem-News.com.

This native of Great Britain moved to Los Angeles in 2007, where he photographed general news, general Interests, sports, freelance model photo work, and also stock images. In his career Dexter has had photos published: World wide, in many magazines and newspapers and online. Throughout the course of his career he has experience with technology of all imaginable types. In his career as a photographer Dexter has covered stories in Norway, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, France, Mexico, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Turkey, Somalia, Tunisia, Algeria. Angola, Iran, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Colombia, United States. Email inquiries about photo purchase to Dexter at the above address.

You can email Dexter Phoenix, Salem-News.com Photographer/Reporter, at innocent_p0stcard@hotmail.com

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