Reports out of Russia indicate that a rare tornado ripped through the suburbs of Syktyvkar, a provincial capital in northwest Russia, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. The tornado ripped roofs from several buildings and fences, destroyed several trees and power line posts, turned over a van and also damaged a crane at a local lumber mill.

One eyewitness reported “After the tornado as I was on the road my neighbor called me and said, ‘You have no home anymore.’ My wife almost fainted,” Ruslan Izyurov told Komiinform, a local news agency. “We are not the only ones who suffered. A neighbor’s home is on its side. People lost greenhouses, warehouses, roofs. Cars were damaged, dogs flew 20 or 30 meters along with their houses,” he added. CONTINUE