Tell City sky was "as green as grass" before Tornado hit - 14 News, WFIE, Evansville, Henderson, Owensboro

Tell City sky was "as green as grass" before Tornado hit

Posted: Updated:
Photo Courtesy of Dennis Tindall. Photo Courtesy of Dennis Tindall.
Photo Courtesy of Dennis Tindall. Photo Courtesy of Dennis Tindall.
Photo Courtesy of Dennis Tindall. Photo Courtesy of Dennis Tindall.
Photo Courtesy of Dennis Tindall. Photo Courtesy of Dennis Tindall.
TELL CITY, IN (WFIE) -

An EF 1 tornado traveled more than five miles through Perry County Wednesday night, leaving behind scattered damage including wrecked carnival rides in Tell City.

The National Weather Service estimates wind speeds between 60 and 95 miles per hour.

The damage began on the riverfront in Troy. Resident say the winds ripped down trees and dropped them on homes.

As residents moved toward tell city, it was clear the mobile home park on the end of town took the hardest hit.  

"The rain was coming horizontal, instead of straight down. And I thought oh my lord and then lightening flashed back in through here and the sky was just as green as grass, so I knew we were having a tornado," Frances Powers said.

Frances said she and her nephew were sitting on her porch on 10th Street when the storm hit.

"The ice cream trailer was just bouncing back and forth, back and forth, and I just knew that it was going to turn over any second," she said.

Neighbors watched the winds scramble the carnival rides setup in the park.  

"The carnival across the street, three or four of their rides were tilted, tipped, bent. The super slide was completely off on it's side laying on top of the concrete restrooms over there," Dennis Tindall said.

Dennis was at his sister's house just a few blocks from the heart of the storm.

His mother, however, lives on 10th Street in the mobile home park.

Dennis says the power was out, roads were blocked and emergency vehicles were everywhere. He called his mom, but couldn't reach her. 

"It's terrifying, especially in a mobile home park, where some of your family lives, not knowing what's going on, what's happening, not being able to get a hold of anybody, pretty scary," Dennis said. 

Dennis said his mother and her two grandsons rode out the storm by standing in an inner hallway.

The winds ripped the roof off one trailer and dropped it 100 yards away.  

Heavy equipment spent the day cleaning up limbs and in some cases entire trees.

"It lifted one completely out of the ground back here in the neighbor's yard and threw it on my two neighbor's yards or trailers down through here. It just knocked the whole ceiling down, his trailer is demolished," Frances said.

The owners of the carnival rides spent the day cleaning up and tell us the Summerfest Carnival will still go on this weekend. 

Copyright 2013 WFIE. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow