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April 29, 2014

EMA inspects possible tornado

MT. VERNON — Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency officials say a possible tornado Sunday afternoon may have touched down in the southwest part of the county.

The damage was confined to homes near East Bakerville Road, off Illinois Highway 148, according to Steve Lueker, EMA county coordinator.

“I’m not saying it was a tornado, but the people in the neighborhood say they saw it,” Lueker said. “I think it was probably straight line winds, or possibly an F-1 tornado. It was raining so hard at the time, it would be difficult to see.”

Three large trees were knocked down on the Doris Taylor property and neighbor Don Fuller lost a portion of a roof on a garage.

Thomas and Kimberly McKenzie reported a carport was destroyed, landing in a field. A television tower also toppled on the property, according to Lueker.

The storm system that moved through the area at approximately 12:42 p.m. spawned a possible tornado or high straight line

winds. The National Weather Service out of Paducah, Ky., will investigate to determine for sure if straight line winds or a tornado caused the damage.

Lueker said several large trees were blown down along Illinois 148 between Mt. Vernon and East Bakerville Road.

Lueker said the main thing is there were no fatalities and/or injuries.

“All of those involved were able to stay in their homes overnight. No one was hurt and everyone had insurance,” Lueker said, adding, “They bought a tarp and put it back on the roof of the garage in between rains.”

Several tornados were reported Sunday in Arkansas and Missouri, causing death and destruction in their path.

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