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Farm near Alpena completely demolished by tornado

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Ron Kopfman has lived south of Alpena his entire life. He and his wife Linda raised their family in the home that was completely destroyed in a tornado Wednesday night. The tornado ripped the home right off its foundation.

Ron was at the end of the driveway watching the storm when he told Linda, he thought they should head to the basement.

"He sat at the end of the driveway and watched it for a long time. Then he came to the house and said, 'I think we need to go in the basement,' and I said 'Really? We don't ever go to the basement,' but we did. It's a good thing we did," Linda said.

The two were in the basement sitting by a freezer when the tornado ripped the home apart. Linda said she couldn't see anything other than a bunch of dirt flying around. She said it was unbelievably loud.

When the twister had passed, local first responders were at the scene to help the two out of the basement that now looks just like a hole in the ground. Other than several bruises and a cut on Linda's head, the two made it out unscathed.

"Something hit me. I got 9 stitches in my head. Something hit me, and I fell on the floor. I was sitting in front of the freezer when it was all over, and the furnace was next to me. There was a lot of stuff on me. I don't know what. I just yelled for Ron to get it off of me, so I could get up," Linda said.

Since Wednesday, family and friends from around the area have been helping the couple clean up the mess. Debris from sheds, equipment and the house are scattered all around the area. They still have yet to find valuable pieces to the house such as the refrigerator, the washer and dryer or even the bath tub. There is a small pond east of the farm, so a lot of the debris probably sunk to the bottom.

The Kopfman's had only one field ruined. The tornado ripped through the corn field just north of their farm, cutting down the crop, leaving a distinct trail. Several farm equipment was ruined, including this tractor, that somehow got a tire thrown into its cab.



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