Friday saw a busy day of weather in the Tri-States and there’s now a lot of cleaning up to do.
We know two tornadoes touched down Friday afternoon, damaging several homes in McDonough County.
“Just totally shocked,” said McDonough County resident Linda Hays. “You always hear about stuff like this, but it doesn’t happen to you.”
The home where Hays grew up in outside of Industry was hit by the tornado. No one lives there now following the passing of her parents but for Hays, the home still holds a lot of memories.
“He just said a tornado hit at mom and dads and it was worse than we thought,” said Hays. “I’m just glad my mom and dad didn’t have to see it.”
The tornado’s strength took the machine shed located behind the house and threw debris for several miles across Highway 67.
“The debris path is only about a mile wide north to south,” said McDonough County Sheriff Nick Petitgout. “It looks like it went down 600 North. It was about six miles wide and about a mile north to south.”
Petitgout says the weather started to turn violent around 12:30 Friday afternoon.
“People were at work so a lot of these houses didn’t have anyone in them,” said Petitgout.
Even though the storm only lasted some ten minutes or so, Rich Kinney with the National Weather Service says it packed quite a punch.
“Maximum wind speeds would be about 110 mph,” said Kinney.
Kinney said straight line winds were also an issue.
“Often times you’ll get these smaller tornadoes embedded within a broader area of straight line winds,” said Kinney.
After this, Hays says she’ll now take those weather warnings more seriously.
“Our weather thing always goes off and it says a tornado is heading towards Industry, but you never think it’s going to hit,” said Hays.”It did.”
No injuries were reported following Friday’s storms.