STONEFORT, IL (KFVS) - [if gte mso 9]>
A lot of cleanup is still underway after a long night of wicked weather Thursday, including a microburst in Cape Girardeau, that brought up to 90 mile an hour winds.
Crews from the National Weather Service have been out all Friday surveying damage in several parts of the Heartland, including Stonefort, Illinois.
The Trammell family was one of the hardest hit in Williamson County. In the light of day, the family got to see the devastation caused by Thursday night's tornado. There is literally a path through the middle of the Trammell's barn where the tornado traveled.
H.V. Trammell said his family bought the farm property back in 1818. After the Civil War, Trammell's great grandfather built the barn around 1866. In fact, the Trammell's barn is so old, he said it was built with wooden pegs instead of metal nails. Trammell said many local seniors will remember the barn for corn cob fights.
He said the barn no longer has much monetary value, but it was filled with a lot of memories.
"It's an old barn, and it served its purpose and is out of date for what we do now," Trammell explained, "but there's a lot of history here. You just hate to see something like that go. But, that's the way it is."
Debris from the barn was scattered across the Trammell's field and strewn more than a quarter-mile away. Neighbors say they saw lightening strike near Trammell's barn, saw debris fly and that's when they decided it would be best to stop watching and take cover.
Trammell said his family did not store anything extremely valuable in the barn and is just happy no one was hurt. It's especially true since Trammell's mother was in the family farm house a little more than 50 yards away from the barn.