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Hoyleton, IL residents clean up after severe storm damage


A small Illinois community is coming together after a severe storm ripped through the town.  

In Hoyleton, Illinois, for one resident, the impact from Sunday night’s storm was one of the scariest things she's seen.

“I was petrified,” resident Connie Holle said.

“We looked out the door and by the time we looked out at the upholstery shop and you just see the metal start to twist and the debris just twisted and it came straight off,” resident and business owner, LD Kretzer said.

The Hoyleton fire chief said the damage happened around 9:30 on Sunday, damaging the store and nearby homes.

“The roof of the building had taken down power lines and the power lines that affected some of the houses across the street,” Hoyleton fire chief, Brad Rommelman said.

For the past 43 years Connie Holle and her husband have been living in their Hoyleton home, and she says the impact from Sunday night’s storm was something she’s never seen before.

“This room was the worst,” Holle said. “It went all the way into the hallway over here…I was petrified.”

But people of this small town community say natural disasters like this one are ones that bring people together, where neighbors helping neighbors are needed most.

The owners of the upholstery store are currently out of town.

No injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service stated the damage was caused by straight line winds, about 70 miles per hour, with no indications of a tornado.

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