Aftermath: EF-1 Tornado Touches Down in Stateline Area


Not much remains of the Petersen’s barn in Capron, where an EF-1 tornado ripped through on Wednesday night.

Dawn Petersen, who owns the barn ton County Line Road, said the high winds ruined her property.

“My son called me and told me that the barn was gone,” said Petersen.

Petersen said one of the scariest moments during the tornado was the sound of her barn being torn apart and pieces of it being flung miles away.

“It’s just so sad to see what mother nature takes away in five seconds,” said Petersen. “[What] takes you so long to build.”

Throughout the area, trees were uprooted and laying on homes, with piles of branches from fallen trees stacked onto trucks. The Capron community is working hard to clean up the aftermath of fallen trees and crushed, telephone and power lines.  Frank Castaldo, an Intren utility worker, says he’s spent most of his day fixing power lines.

“We’re fixing the power lines from the storm last night,” said Castaldo.  “We’ve been working all night and into the day.”

Petersen says she and her family have a lot left to do.

“We have to clean the man’s field, who’s the neighbor across the street,” says Petersen. “Because, his field is full of our barn.”

Despite the property damage she says they’re remaining optimistic. “We’ll move on and start rebuilding.”   

The National Weather Service says the EF-1 tornado that touched down reached 90 to 95mph.

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