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Tracking tornado debris helps scientists study how the powerful storms work

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Source: Laura McNutt. Source: Laura McNutt.

CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- Tornado debris can't talk.

Wrinkled photographs can't explain how they were torn from albums and sucked into storm clouds. Old receipts can't describe how they soared over miles of countryside until they were dumped into pastures like snow. Quilts can't recount whipping and tumbling on the winds like wild birds.

The debris can't talk, University of Georgia professor Dr. John Knox repeats. But the people on either end of the debris's journey can.

And it's through the unprecedented connection these people have through social media that researchers finally are starting to learn more about those journeys, and what they can teach us.

Read more from our news partner the Times Free Press.

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