Saturday, March 3, 2012

Believe It or Not, This Building Didn't Get Hit by a Tornado

The Ripley's Believe It or Not museum in Branson, Missouri, narrowly escaped being destroyed during this week's terrifying tornado outbreak, not that you could tell from its creaky exterior!

The museum in the Missouri town was actually constructed to look like it had been whacked by a twister (or left all shook up by an earthquake on the nearby dangerous New Madrid fault line)! A line of intense thunderstorms swept through the tourist Mecca on Wednesday, producing a tornado and damaging many of the town's famed theaters as well as hundreds of local businesses. The tornado came within fifty feet of the Ripley museum, but left the structure completely unscathed.

Businesses damaged by the terrifying storm hope to be repaired and back open in time for the upcoming Spring tourist season. The town, located in Missouri's picturesque Ozarks lakes region,  is visited by some six million tourists from around the world each year.

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