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Tornado Hits Jones County

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JONES COUNTY -- Emergency Management officials say they had a busy night.

"We went under a tornado watch fairly early and not too long after that, tornado warnings," EMA Director Marda Tullos said.  "Several tornado warnings were issued along with severe thunderstorm warnings."

Reports of dime size hail and trees down flooded in from all over the county. Officials recorded about two inches of rain. No injuries are reported.

"About midnight there was a lightening strike on Daisy Dr. that hit a gas line, which caused a fire," Tullos said.

Centerpoint was able to take care of it quickly. 

A few weather-related accidents were also reported. Tullos says the emergency management team was ready and that they did a great job.

"We like to be prepared for whatever might happen," Tullos said.  "It could be not so bad, and it could be very bad."

Most of the damage reported came from the southern part of the county.

"I guess around 9:30 I heard a very loud noise," Sanford resident Jonnie Cleveland said.  "I've never been in a tornado, but it was scary. It was just plain scary."

"About 9:30 the power went out," Her neighbor Carol Boykin said. "I grabbed my battery light."

When Boyokin went outside, he couldn't believe what he saw.

"The water was just spinning in circles on the front porch," Boykin said. "A couple of seconds later it was gone."

Cleveland woke up to find tin scattered across the yard and several power trucks.

"I said well that must just be something they picked up or something," She recalled.  "Well it was the roof from the back porch."

They said they are just glad no one was hurt.

Representatives from the National Weather Service surveyed the damage today and confirmed that an F1 and F0 tornado did touch down.

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