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JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The National Weather Service has concluded it was an F-1 tornado that damaged parts of Jefferson County late Monday night.

The Stockwell family ran to the basement when the storm hit.  Roxanna Stockwell said, "It was calm there was nothing going on and then instantaneously there was a roar it was loud all the sudden my ears popped and that really kind of freaked me out."

Crews were cleaning up in her Lake Montowese neighborhood.  The tornado knocked down trees, took off the tops of trees and caused limbs to fall.  Some of them landed on the Stockwell family home.

When limbs hit electrical lines people lost power.

Down Highway 30 at Highway W the Hoods Discount Home Center was heavily damaged. About five thousand square feet of the building's roof was ripped off. The flying debris smashed into a semi-trailer breaking it open and exposing the merchandize inside. Rain fell inside the store drenching everything. There is no doubt looking at all the damage just how powerful Mother Nature can be.

Jim Stockwell said, "All of a sudden there was a huge rush of wind and then it sounded like there was somebody in the attic like rustling that scared me, you think the roof is going to get sucked off.

Joe Bextermueller, a spokesman for Hoods said, "It's something else up there (on the roof) and all the air conditioner units are knocked off and all the water damage in the store which you seen, pretty bad.

The store has 15 employees.  Bextermueller hopes to keep many of them working while the business is closed.  It will take about a month to repair the roof but they hope to open up for earlier.

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