Cleanup continues in Shelbina, Missouri
Tue, 28 Jun 2011 20:38:59 GMT —
Pat Greenwell says, "Something that twists things is not straight line winds."
The National Weather Service has confirmed two tornadoes touched down in Shelbina late Sunday night and early Monday morning.
The twisters have been classified as EF-1, with winds up to 105 miles per hour.
Cleanup in Shelbina is going well. There are a lot of trees and power lines down, but church groups and Menonites from nearby Lakenan came in to lend a hand. Sherri Bundick and her daughter Taylor were finishing picking up their yard. There is some damage to the house, Sherri's parents car took a hit, and there is a power pole on the garage. Bundick says she was surprised to hear the damage was caused by a tornado.
Bundick says, "I was very surprised because my dad is 73 and he's never seen a tornado in Shelbina and he's lived here his entire life.
Just down the street, Sue Etem was cleaning up her yard.
Etem says, "It happened fairly fast. It was afterwards when I opened up the door and looked. I didn't expect to see what I saw."
Her garage destroyed, cars mangled, and trees shredded.
Sue Etem says she talked with a weather investigator on Monday. He told here that the tornado dropped right here in her yard. What saved her house? The tall trees.
More damage at Shelby County Implement. Pat Greenwell and his family own the business. He tells me after the storm rolled through, he had a bad feeling so he went to check on the store.
Greenwell says, "At the time we thought it was really loud and a lot of noise and everything. Driving down here you could tell those big hickory trees were twisted at the top."
Greenwell is a trained storm spotter so he called the National Weather Service to report damage. He didn't know how bad the damage was until he started looking around in daylight hours. He's not too surprised this damage was caused by a tornado, but is surprised about how the storm came in.
Greenwell says, "It came from the northwest. Tornadoes don't normally come that way."
Usually tornadoes come from Southwest and move to the Northeast.
The building that was destoryed at Shelby County Implements was an outbuilding, not the actual store.
Just up Highway 36 is Clarence, Missouri.
So far, the damage there is classified as straight line winds.
And those winds are responsible of destroying these large grain bins at Chinn Feed Mill.
You can see the top of one is crushed like a soda can.
The other is damaged enough to have to be torn down.
There is more than 100,000 bushels of corn in these bins that has to be taken out and stored somewhere else.
Chris Chinn says, "We were just amazed. We were just thankful no one got hurt. We're glad that the bin was still standing and had not been blown over and onto the highway because we sit right on Highway 36.
An elevator in Monroe City has offered to store the corn.
Family and friends are helping to haul the corn, and the Chinns hope to have new bins in place by harvest time.