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Storm slams community of Urbana


The storms on Monday morning left a path of destruction in Benton county.   One community particularly hard hit in Urbana. 

The wind and heavy rain sent off the emergency sirens just after 5:00 AM.

Once it passed, it left a string of damage to homes, vehicles, yards and even to the local middle school.

Joe Schultz found himself behind the wheel of his semi truck on I-380 when the storm struck.

"Within three miles it went from nothing to 80 mile an hour winds," said Schultz.

Those winds caused his truck and two others to overturn. 

"It took about ten minutes to get out of the seatbelt, because you're hanging up in the air. I crawled out and called 911," said Schultz.

A few miles west, the storm snatched the roof off part of the Center Point Urbana Middle School.  It left two fifth grade classrooms torn to pieces.

"All the classrooms were basically set to go.  A lot of teachers have been in working and getting ready.  Now we're going to have to start over with some of them.  It's great that nobody was injured.  We have a lot of work to get ready for the school year," said Middle School Principal Brent Winterhof.

The sirens woke up Jennifer Take's family.

"We got woken up this morning with the strong winds, and then the sirens went off.  We spent a while in our basement. Lots of people are helping out.  That's the great thing about a small town.  But everywhere you look, lots of downed power lines, and trees," said Takes.

A stormy morning caused a lot of close calls and damage in Urbana but fortunately no injuries.

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