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Strong storm rips through Carrier Mills

Some of the damage in Carrier Mills after strong storms on Wednesday afternoon. (Source: Arnold Wyrick, Heartland News) Some of the damage in Carrier Mills after strong storms on Wednesday afternoon. (Source: Arnold Wyrick, Heartland News)
Some of the damage in Carrier Mills after strong storms on Wednesday afternoon. (Source: Arnold Wyrick, Heartland News) Some of the damage in Carrier Mills after strong storms on Wednesday afternoon. (Source: Arnold Wyrick, Heartland News)
Tree blown over in Carrier Mills. (Source: cNews) Tree blown over in Carrier Mills. (Source: cNews)

CARRIER MILLS, IL (KFVS) -  A powerful storm tore through the town of Carrier Mills shortly before 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

Within minutes of it passing through the town, its fury was plain to see.

A roof from an old building across the street from the post office was ripped off and tossed into the post office building. Parts of the roof were sticking into the post offices roof.

Just around the corner, the entire south wall of an abandoned building was tore off by the strong winds.

"I sat out in the front yard and watched it come in," said Steve Wilson. "It primarily came out of the southeast and blew everything away."

The Steapleton family lost their camper trailer when a tree in their front yard split into and half of it came crushing down on top of their camper.

"Well, we was over in Marion having lunch, when our cousin called and said we had a big limb on our camper," said Pat Steapleton. " We come on home. And we thought it probably was some little branch that fell. But we got here and saw this huge limb crushing our camper. The frame is bent and there's a branch punching a hole in the roof right over our bed."

To the north of town the Rister family's barn was torn into and tossed more than 50 feet into their grain silos.

But the hardest hit area of Carrier Mills could be seen in the town park. Several huge trees were split and toppled. Portable restrooms were tossed on their side. And one park pavilion was destroyed by a falling tree.

"One of the shelter is tore all to pieces, there's a tree right down the middle of it. It's going to take a lot to get the park cleaned up. I hope the town has the finances to get it done," Wilson said.

Carrier Mills Fire Chief Jerry Shoat says there's a lot to clean up around town in the wake of the storm. And fortunately nobody was hurt.

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