On May 22 the city of Joplin, Missouri, was hit by a tornado.
Reports say more than 150 people were killed and hundreds injured, while many homes were destroyed.
In the aftermath, we received an unusual email forwarded to us from PC case company Thermaltake. It was from a Joplin resident Jason Hunt, who was so proud that his PC was still working, days after tornado hit, that he had emailed Thermaltake to tell them about it.
According to Jason's email, he and his family were hiding inside his basement when the tornado hit, and his family survived uninjured.
As you can see from the photos below, the tornado had decimated his home.
Considering the scene after the tornado hit, Jason was surprised when he found the case - a Thermaltake Bulletproof Armor A90 - in one piece, and then days later when he turned it on, it was still working.
Jason didn't have a photo of the case as he found it - important items were removed from the house during a break in the rain, to prevent looting - so we'll have to take his word on what happened:
"She (the case) had taken one hell of a hit being in the living room of my home," Jason's email states. The monitor was smashed, my desk broken to pieces…but that case laid on the floor, debris on top of it and survived."
Here is the photo Jason sent of his PC, which he said he has since cleaned-up.
say the tornado was a "multi vortex" tornado. On the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which is used to measure tornado strength, the Joplin tornado was categorised EF-5, the highest category. Winds are reported to have peaked at more than 350km/Hr.
Jason told us the PC was protected by a drywall which collapsed and kept the case dry.
While Joplin has had much more grim issues to face in the months following the tornado, we're glad to see at least one small sign that shows people are recovering.
To shed more light on the human dimension to this story, we asked Jason how the experience has affected him.
Jason told us in an email, "...we're moving on. The old lot has been cleared and graded, we've bought a new home. It's in a way kinda like a new life. Our homeowner's insurance came thru, and in a small way we're a little better off now actually."
And despite the experience, Jason says he is staying in Joplin: "This was where my wife and I wanted to start our family. Where would we go ? Move to some place with different disasters? What would the point be?"
"In the long run though, we've decided to live life like a historic tornado is going to hit us any second. Important paperwork being kept in a safer container, having emergency supplies on hand, things like that. In general just have a plan, 'cause it was the situations and dealings after the tornado that was the real stress. Canceling your bank account, so whoever found your checkbook can't use it. Finding tax documents and deeds/titles for insurance companies etc. You're in shock, you've lost everything."
"But then once you get thru that, you look back and you just can't believe you were strong enough to go through it. The tremendous amount of effort and willpower to deal with these things is draining. And it put alot of stress on my family, but i think we're better and closer for it."