The photos of the aftermath left by the tornado that tore through the western suburbs of Chicago have been chilling. You can check out a lot of those photos here. 

I'm sure there will be plenty more videos on social media that leak out over the next couple of days but this was one of the first that I've seen and it's pretty incredible. Make sure you watch with the sound up.

A quick list of things that were absolutely molly whopped during the 65-second video:

  • Gas Grill w/ propane tank.
  • Stone fire pit
  • A terra-cotta chimenea
  • Full patio set including table
  • Umbrella (obviously)
  • Basketball hoop

The basketball hoop is the obvious "highlight" of the video. It's scary how easily the wind was tossing it around. Those are heavy and the backboard provided the perfect "sail" for it to take off.

One thing that did not get destroyed by the tornado has some people talking about another disaster from the past, Hurricane Harvey.

If you look at the video at the beginning, you can see a blue shed in the background of the yard. As far as I can tell, it seems to still be standing at the end without taking any noticeable damage.

There was another blue shed in Rockport, Texas that survived with no damage while the rest of the area was laid to waste. It became a kind of beacon of hope and even has its own Twitter account. It looks like people visit it like a roadside attraction.

The story of the blue shed is pretty fascinating and you can read all about it here. 

Should we all paint our sheds blue to prepare for the next tornado that rolls through town? It honestly probably won't help but it definitely can't hurt.

I'll see you in the paint aisle.

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