EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSMALL TOWN DEVASTATION
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EF3 Tornado Devastates Salyersville, Kentucky
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Kristin Keeling, Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Mar. 3, 2012 8:35 PM EST
Updated: Mar. 5, 2012 12:49 PM EST
Salyersville , Magoffin County , Kentucky
If you travel along Kentucky Route 114 in the Salyersville area of Magoffin County, Kentucky, you will want to take an alternate route.
Kentucky State Police say American Electric Power crews will be making periodic road closures along that roadway starting Monday, March 5th. The crews will be repairing power lines damaged by the recent weather.
If you travel in that area, you should expect long delays and are advised to take an alternate route.
What is left in the town of Salyersville, KY is nothing short of shocking. Winds from a confirmed EF3 tornado traveled as fast as 165 miles per hour. It ripped through businesses and homes, demolished cars, and yanked gas station pumps from the cement.
St. Luke Catholic Church became a victim of the destruction. Parishioner Helen Pennington sought safety in the church Friday night, praying it's walls would keep her safe.
"When the windows flew in, and all the glass was blowing in, my whole life all my life went in front of my eyes," said Pennington.
Helen along with seven other people huddled in a downstairs room of the church. They hoped to survive the deadly tornado.
Chad and Megan Minix stood lost for words. The place they once called home, is now in ruins.
"I was asking him yesterday if he thought we were being punished for something. It kinda feels that way right now," said Megan Minix.
"Just had new remodeling done it. Carpet put down and new furniture. All my guns...we've found nothing," explained Chad Minix.
It's the hard reality of mother nature. Something this town will never forget. But they're hopeful they can soon rebound and rebuild.
"When it happens, it happens I guess. It's just a wipe out," said Minix.
"I love this church, I love the parish, I love the people. It's just heartbreaking," said Pennington.
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