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One year anniversary of Dimmitt tornado; why it should serve as a reminder

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

One year ago a tornado ripped through the outskirts of Dimmitt.

The National Weather Service rated it an EF-3, packing a punch of an estimated 140 mph. In its wake, a trail of metal buildings crushed like Coke cans, utility poles snapped like twigs, and remnants of the houses it struck. 

"This trailer was crumpled up and then my dad had a big horse trailer and a big stock trailer, the stock trailer is just in pieces," said Bo Bradley, who survived the tornado in his parents house. "I knew it was bad but once I think I calmed down I realized how lucky we were and all that so. God had his eye on us, his arm around us.

While the Dimmitt tornado did not strike a populated area, FOX34 Chief Meterologist Matt Ernst said it should serve as a reminder that it could strike a populated area.

"The past several years we haven't had many direct hits but this storm last year shows just how close it could've been and I hope people aren't in a false sense of security saying we aren't going to see severe weather," said Ernst. "Even straight line wind can be damaging, it can be deadly."

He said as tornado season approaches you need to have a plan in place in the event of severe weather.

"Make a plan now before the weather's bad so you're ready and everyone in your family knows what to do in the event of dangerous weather and know if there's a tornado warning, understand where that storm is moving and get to the lowest level of your home, most central part of your home."

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