Life in the small town of Rawa Mazonwiecka, Poland, and the surrounding villages was violently disturbed on May 16th.
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Background: Life in the small town of Rawa Mazonwiecka, Poland, and the surrounding villages was violently disturbed on May 16th. at six o'clock in the evening, when a turbulent wind, that gradually developed into hurricane force, swept the area.
For a terrifying, interminable eight minutes trees were thrown into the air, electric and telegraphic lines were snapped, and whipped in the wind. Above the howl of the hurricane could be heard the screams of the townsfolk as buildings crashed into the streets. Whole forests were hurled away, leaving a desolate area of stumps and branches.
Panic-striken people dashed out of their homes, desperately seeking refuge from the invisible fury that hurtled around them, snatching debris and dashing it down again like an angry child.
Eight minutes later--it seemed like days---all was quiet. People began congregating at street corners craround the brick dust and rabble that such a short time before were their homes. Slowly they realized that whirlwind had left, their fear subsided and they looked about them at the enormous amount of damage that marked the impact of the wind.
Miraculously only two people, men, were killed, though many others were injured. It was estimated that 60% of the buildings in the area were demolished, and that the total cost of the damage is in the region of GBP1 million.
Shortly after the disaster Polish troops moved into the area and began clearing the streets and re-establishing communications.