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'It was just like a freight train'

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LEOTA --"It was just like a 100-car freight train going by," Frank Gunnink, a resident of Leota, said after a tornado struck the town about 5 p.m. Tuesday. "Black as the ace of spades, pitch dark."


Gunnink, who owns a hardware store in Leota, said those residing inside the city limits fared much better than the rural areas right around town.

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Beth Rickers
Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  
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