Mar 25, 2013 5:20 PM by Josh Breslow
The National Weather Service confirms an EF-1 tornado with wind speeds of about 100 miles per hour touched down Sunday evening in Pulaski County.
Crews made that determination after they surveyed the damage along Waddle Street in Ferguson on Monday afternoon. They also concluded the touchdown occurred on Waddle and the twister traveled about 700 yards, causing "substantial damage to the concrete walls of a warehouse building, damaging the roofs of several homes, and downing multiple trees."
Cameras were rolling Sunday night at Sexton Motors in Ferguson as that tornado moved through in the distance. Just after 5:30 p.m., video shows visibility drop, the winds go crazy, and sparks fly. The roof of a nearby warehouse was ripped off and the walls collapse. That's the same building already damaged by an EF-0 tornado in January.
"When I looked up in the air, I seen a tornado just come down and it struck the building behind us," Joseph Rose told LEX 18.
Rose witnessed it all from his brother's apartment. In the unit beside him, a window busted and upstairs, two-by-fours shot through the roof of a bathroom. That unit was vacant, but Leisa Sears and her family were next door.
"Two or three more feet and it would've been in the bathroom with my daughter, my 13-year-old daughter. And the only thing that went through my mind was thank God because that could've been my kid," Sears told LEX 18. "For something like that to be so dramatic that it can kill people and damage what you own, it's terrifying."
Other damage around the area was still visible Monday, as well. On Panarama, a structure was ripped to shreds and on Reddish, debris fell right on top of a pick-up.
No injuries were reported from Sunday's tornado.