EF1 Tornado causes damage in Schuyler County
The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF1 Tornado touched down in Schuyler County during Sunday night's storms.
The EF1 Tornado was rain wrapped in the last set of storms that moved through the area. At the time, a tornado watch and a severe thunderstorm warning were issued.
"Upon further investigation, we did find evidence that a tornado had touched down in the western part of the county. We contacted the National Weather Service and reported it," said Captain Laura Watson of Lancaster Fire and Rescue.
EF1 Tornados consist of wind speeds ranging between 86 and 109 miles per hour. Much of the damage was sustained in rural Schuyler County. Debris is now scattered along Route V in Schuyler County as a result of Sunday nights storms. However, homeowners that received damage are just happy that no one was injured.
"We are just so thankful that there wasn't anybody hurt. It's just stuff we will get it all put back together one day," said Carolyn Schmitter, a homeowner who received damage.
Now, those homeowners are picking up the pieces of their homes and spent the day meeting with their insurance agents.
"Looked like it was pretty well totaled, he said. So, it's just a matter of time and help. We've had a lot of that this morning," added Schmitter.
Because no tornado warning was issued, residents are happy that the impact was not stronger.
"Because it did occur in a rural area, we got really lucky that we didn't have a lot of injuries or loss of life," added Watson.
However, this is not the first time that a tornado has hit the area.
"This happened before in 1967 in January and it did as much damage or more then it did this time," said Schmitter.
Residents that received damage are grateful for the help and support they have already received by neighbors that are helping them cleanup and rebuild.
"One of the best things about living in a small community, I'll tell you, is the support of your neighbors and the love that they have to show you," added Schmitter.
Despite the damage, homeowners say they will continue to remain optimistic.