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McGregor heavily damaged by Wednesday's storms

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UPDATE: The Clayton County Sheriff's Office says the city of McGregor suffered "severe storm damage."

Law enforcement is blocking traffic at each access to McGregor. Only people who live there will be allowed inside at this time.

"At this time our primary concern is the safety of residents and first responders," said Chad Werger, of the Clayton County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities say they are not aware of any injuries.

St. Mary's Church in McGregor is being used as a shelter for people. At this time, officers are not requesting any volunteers.

We're expected to learn more information about the storm damage Thursday morning. A press conference will be held in Marquette.

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Located in Clayton County along the Mississippi, the town of McGregor has begun the cleanup process after a strong storm hit Wednesday evening.

A tornado warning went out for the McGregor area at 5:54 p.m. Wednesday.  The strong line of storms, moving east at 70 miles per hour, arrived to McGregor shortly after 6 p.m.

KWWL Chief Meteorologist Mark Schnackenberg says it's unknown if a tornado touched down in McGregor.  Whether it was or wasn't a tornado will be assessed sometime Thursday.

Residents should be aware that the Clayton County Sheriff's Office currently doesn't have 9-1-1 and administrative phone lines.  Clayton County Sheriff Mike Tschirgi says 9-1-1 calls will be rerouted until further notice.

KWWL was able to speak with Clayton County's Emergency Management Director, Sarah Moser at 9 p.m. Wednesday.  The most important thing Moser stressed was for people to stay out of the area, if they do not need to be in the area, stressing safety is the number one priority at this time for both residents and first responders.  All traffic going in and out of the area is shut down due to the extensive damage to the town.

Stay tuned to KWWL for updates as the McGregor community recovers from the storms.

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