Tornado levels buildings in Greene County, Illinois

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GREENE COUNTY, Ill. – Violent storms involving at least one tornado left a trail of destruction across parts of Southern Illinois on Monday.

The worst of the damage was a narrow path across eastern Greene County, about an hour or so northeast of St. Louis.

Athensville, Illinois tornado
Courtesy: Shane Kessinger

A large machine shed was leveled in the town of Wrights. A witness told FOX 2 they saw the twister come down and hit the shed. The force of the wind also caved in a silo.

The owner said he and a neighbor also saw corn stalks go flying. He said no one was injured.

FOX 2 Meteorologist Chris Higgins says it is a tell-tale sign of a tornado because there is debris that stretches far into the distance.

A viewer in Roodhouse, Illinois caught a picture of the tornado that hit Athensville this afternoon. No word on the extent of damage there yet.

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