Cleanup begins after EF 2 tornado near Willis
Crews continue to clean debris along Highway 75 north of Willis after an EF-2 tornado tore through the area Saturday, with wind speeds up to 135 miles per hour.
"It sounded like a freight train then all the sudden my trailer is starting to shake and it picked me up 3 feet and dropped me back down," Cindy Martin, a resident of the Convenience RV park, said.
The homes of Martin's immediate neighbors were completely gone, luckily her neighbors were not at home at the time, she said.
"I just held onto my dog," resident, Mac McLaren, said.
McLaren, his dog and his home remained largely intact.
Trees were snapped, and falling branches popped power lines as limbs toppled to the ground. During the storm Saturday evening, some homes were blown to bits and thrown across the street from the RV Park.
"Me and my dog were taking a nap and all of the sudden everything starts shaking like crazy," said John Kading, a resident at the RV Park along Highway 75. "My home was OK, but there were some others that are gone."
Many people living in the RV park said they did not carry homeowners insurance. It was unclear Monday, what, if any government assistance would be made available.
Mueller Inc. steel facility warehouse was ripped apart by the storm. Mark Jones, the branch manager, and his employees were inside when the twister touched down.
"I was look south, the clouds were getting dark and it just came down out of the sky," said Jones. "I called my daughter, ran to get my employees in the warehouse closet and I went in the office closet. It only lasted about 15 seconds but I could hear the building ripping apart, just screeching metal bending and popping. I was just thinking about my employees."
All of the employees were accounted for, and Jones walked out of his building without a scratch.
"I had my daughter on speaker phone the whole time, and I didn't realize it. When I came out I heard her yelling, 'Dad, dad, dad.' That's when I realized, 'Man we just got wiped out.' The important part is, we survived. We're thankful for that," said Jones.
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