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Southbridge Toddler’s Take On The Tornado: ‘Things Got Broken’

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Two-year-old Harrison Wilson talks surveys the damage in his backyard from the June 1, 2011 tornadoes.

Two-year-old Harrison Wilson talks surveys the damage in his backyard from the June 1, 2011 tornadoes.

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SOUTHBRIDGE (CBS) – Southbridge residents are surveying the damage from Wednesday’s tornado.

Neighbors are rallying to help each other clean up. As they plow forward with clean-up, they are also processing what they’ve lived through.

And for one 2-year-old, like many others much older than him, it’s like nothing he’s ever seen.

Harrison Wilson can see his toppled swing-set in the middle of a devastated neighborhood. He points out that “things got broken.”

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports

Two days ago, he huddled in the basement with his mother as a tornado roared over them.

“And I want to tell you one more time, someone was screaming and someone was crashing and someone got puffy ears,” he said.

Harrison was talking about the ear-popping drop in atmospheric pressure while the tornado tore past them.

“But that was just the wind,” he gleefully stated.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports from neighboring Sturbridge

Up the hill at Southbridge airport, that wind flipped a dozen planes and blew parts of hangars across town.

“You don’t grasp the intensity of one of those storms until you see something like this,” said Southbridge resident Jim Latour.

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