Scott County picking up pieces after tornado

Picking up the pieces after Scott Co. storms

SCOTT CO., Ind. (WHAS11) -- The wind is invisible to the human eye, but its effect can be seen in split limbs and twisted metal lining scenes of destruction in Scott County, following a tornado Wednesday morning.

"It does look bad because there's tin and lumber and things, building materials scattered everywhere," Dan Smith, a Scott County farmer, said.

Smith's farm off US-31 looks like a battlefield with piles of rubble marking what used to be sheds and debris filling in the empty spaces.

"It's been in the family for 200 years this year," he said. "This is the first real bad storm we've had."

Smith said Wednesday morning's storm cut through his farm around 6 a.m., needing less than five minutes to wreak havoc.

"Almost like a train, it was a pretty good roar. It had turned a tractor trailer over on the Interstate," he said. "I thought, 'Oh, this is not good.'"

While the storm took out his garage and an equipment shed, Smith said nothing too important was damaged, with the most important things, his family and their pets, unscathed.

"I feel pretty lucky," he said. "I really do."

"They're very grateful when losing a shed or something like that is nothing, but losing a loved one means everything in the world," Joe Sullivan with the National Weather Service said.

Sullivan, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Louisville branch, has seen many scenes of destruction. Thursday morning, he was out in Scott County, surveying the damage. He concluded that an EF1 tornado did touch down Wednesday morning.

Sometimes it doesn't look like there's any rhyme or reason for which trees go down and that," he said. 

The debris from Smith's farm can be seen from the interstate, but he's focusing on what he has left.

The barn's over 100 years old and it's still standing and the house is 150 years old and it's still standing," he said. "Hey, miracles happen."

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