Before the storm made it into Crawford County, it also caused damage to several homes in Northern Cherokee County, just north of Weir.
Cherokee County Emergency Management Director Jason Allison says the storm knocked down trees and power lines in Weir and to the north of the town, and damaged several out buildings and small structures. Residents in the path of the storm say they were surprised by how quickly it came upon them.
“Whatever it was, when it came through I was home with my three boys and I was just in the living room reading a book and then I could hear it go crazy outside and when I looked out the window, I saw my carport get blown away and other stuff, so we ran to the bathroom and about that time my phone went off and said I had a tornado warning (laughs),” says Ben Scott, Cherokee County resident.
“So I got up and looked out the window and my carport over here that half the side, the walls are out, I looked at it and said, ‘Oh, my gosh,’ and I looked at my neighbors over here and you couldn’t even see his house, and I thought, ‘Oh, my god, we actually got a tornado,” says Mickey Zahn, Cherokee County resident.
At this point, there have been no injuries reported in Cherokee County related to the storm.