The Frightening Force of Nature and the Enduring Power of the Human Spirit Airing on “20/20,” Friday, August 14, 10 p.m. ET
In less than five minutes, an entire community was torn apart as a massive tornado of historic dimensions changed the lives of everyone in its path. With winds strong enough to level a house in a matter of seconds, and fickle enough to leave the house down the street untouched, the tornado that hit Parkersburg, Iowa, Memorial Day weekend 2008, was the most dangerous type of tornado on the planet, an EF5. With gripping video of the tornado that was at one point one mile wide and minute-by-minute accounts from the people whose lives were forever changed, Sam Champion chronicles the frightening force of nature and the enduring power of the human spirit. “Blown Away: Twisted Terror” airs on “20/20” on FRIDAY, August 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.