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MUST-SEE VIDEO: Man records derecho destroying his business

Published: Aug. 20, 2020 at 10:04 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (WOWT) - An Iowa man was recording video when he took shelter during last week’s derecho. He ended up with incredible footage showing the effects of the weather event that destroyed his business.

Brendan McCormick owns McCormick Painting Services in Cedar Rapids and shared his video on YouTube. He was walking around his business Monday, Aug. 10 preparing to do some final touches on the interior of his headquarters when he noticed how the wind outside was picking up.

As the video progresses, McCormick opens the door several times, noting how the storm intensified as it swept across Iowa. He eventually sought shelter in the bathroom inside the building — a decision that may have saved his life. While taking shelter, the sound of the storm pounding at his building became louder.

At one point, he opened the bathroom door to see and hear the roof shaking. Suddenly, a small part of it ripped away.

Then all of it.

McCormick kept his composure and continued to record the video as the door opened to the derecho whipping debris — and his business — in all directions.

McCormick estimates that he was in the bathroom for about a half-hour. Water poured in from the ceiling. And he discovered a visitor taking shelter with him: a frog was sitting on the toilet seat.

Eventually, McCormick made his way outside to scope out the damage and talk to others who experienced the storm. He tells 6 News he is doing fine. He said hope is not lost, and he will rebuild four times stronger than before.

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