Severe storms cause damage in Central Illinois

By Alyssa Donovan

May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 9:30 AM CDT

BRADFORD, Ill.--The same severe weather system that tore through Oklahoma on Monday left a path of destruction here in Central Illinois.

"We could hear all the trees snapping' and that lightening was so fierce you couldn't even hardly look out the windows it was so bright," said Bradford resident Janice Neff.

Strong winds tore through the small town of Bradford on Monday night pulling down power lines, uprooting trees and damaging property in its path.

The storm woke Neff around midnight. She and her husband quickly took shelter in the basement.

"We were down about a half an hour and we came up and all of this was a disaster," said Neff.

Her neighbor Charlene Crawford says she was too scared to get out of bed.

"I just laid there and I was hoping for it to go away soon," she said. "I heard banging and big booms. I just thought it was a thunderstorm and the house just shook."

Crawford's home was not damaged but her garage door caved in. She was also one of the many without power.

The damages stretch throughout Stark County into Toulon, Castleton and Wyoming.

The worst destruction was in Bradford, where the winds caused damage to a grain dryer.

"The place is pretty well tore up," said Ray DeBrock, Project manager of Michlig Grain. "The grain dryers are displaced and tore down the legs are all tore down. The cross conveyor going over to the big grain shed is gone."

The winds pulled off part of the shed's roof as well but no one was injured.

Clean-up from the storm is expected to take a few days.

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