Carrollton Cleaning Up After Tornado Touch-Down

CARROLLTON, IL (KTVI) – They are still cleaning up storm damage in Carrollton, IL. The National Weather Service confirms a tornado touched down on Friday evening. Despite being classified at just an EF0, the tornado took down some pretty good sized tree limbs.  That ranking is the weakest of all tornado ratings on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

The winds were estimated to be approximately 80 miles per hour. The twister hit on Friday and minutes later street crews were cleaning off streets.

“They made about 20 trips by my house,” said Eric Shirley. He added, “It was pretty scary, the tornado sirens went off, the wind, I mean you could see the clouds moving in different directions.”

Other visible damage included lawn furniture turned upside down and a large piece of metal found in a field.

“It flew off a carport,” said Shane Carter, a Carrollton resident. He saw the metal flying in the air.

Carter said the wind kept building and swirling and then the damage was done.

“20 seconds later it was gone and moved right past us,” said Carter.

Parts of a giant maple tree in Neal Gunningha’s  yard came crashing down. He was inside his house with his wife when the twister passed through.

‘It scared her and she looked out from our deck there and she could see that big line, “ said Gunningham.

What amazed Gunningham was how the wind could do so much damage in one spot and then none right across the street.

“It makes you think.”