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Mt. Carmel working to recover after severe storms

Multiple possible tornado touchdowns reported
Mt. Carmel working to recover after severe storms
Published: May. 19, 2022 at 5:16 PM CDT|Updated: May. 20, 2022 at 6:34 PM CDT
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MT. CARMEL, Ill. (WFIE) - Officials in Mt. Carmel say the evidence possibly points to two tornadoes moving through the area last night.

Thursday night, Mt. Carmel resident Roy Adams was at home when suddenly the storms hit.

”I was standing in my living room and I got hit by a tree,” said Adams.

The tree limb crashed through the wall and hit him, breaking his tibia. He also needed six stitches in his elbow.

”I can tell you one thing: they tell you it will take a split second for everything to change but that’s a lie, it takes less than that. You blink and everything’s done,” said Adams.

City officials say it was about 9:30 p.m. Thursday night when what they think were two tornadoes hit the southern side of Mt. Carmel, knocking out power and water to the entire town.

Crews got to work to restore utilities right away, and as of Friday morning, water and power were back for all but the most severely impacted parts of town.

Officials say they learned what to do while volunteering in western Kentucky after December’s tornadoes.

”We were able to work with FEMA and get additional information after the tornado on how they attacked the recovery down in Mayfield and Dawson Springs, and we were able to use a lot of what they did down there in those areas in the recovery up here in Mt. Carmel,” said Mt. Carmel Mayor Joe Judge.

People have been working to clear away debris ever since.

EMA set up a shelter where people could have a cool place to go if they didn’t have power.

The Red Cross was on scene too, meeting with people to determine whether they needed to set up a shelter as well.

Red Cross officials say they’re working to help people in crisis.

”When something like this happens, families never expect it, and many times they feel lost and helpless and hopeless, and that’s what the Red Cross is here for,” said American Red Cross Executive Director of the Southwest Indiana Chapter, Beth Sweeney.

Mt. Carmel’s mayor estimates that 15 to 30 homes were destroyed by the storms, and even though several people were injured, they aren’t aware of any fatalities.

If you were affected by the storms and need help, the Red Cross encourages you to call 1 (800) 733-2767. If you’re interested in helping affected people in the area, officials with Mt. Carmel encourage you to call Mt. Carmel city hall at (618) 262-4822 or the police dispatch at (618) 262-4114.

14 News Reporter Jessica Costello gave a live update on Sunrise Friday morning.

You can watch the full update below:

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14 News Reporter Brady Williams gave a live update on the Mount Carmel storm damage late Thursday night.

You can watch the full update below:

14 News Reporter Brady Williams provides update on storm damage in Mount Carmel, Ill.

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