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Tornado Confirmed In Lincoln And Wayne Counties In W.Va.
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Leslie Rubin
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Also Contributing: Kallie Cart
Reported: Mar. 3, 2012 6:33 PM EST
Updated: Mar. 3, 2012 11:39 PM EST
Alkol , Lincoln County , West Virginia
The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado has touched down in Wayne and Lincoln Counties.
They say the same tornado touched down in Lawrence County, Kentucky and then moved into Wayne County and finally into Lincoln County. It stretched 27 miles.
The tornado is classified as an EF3 with winds registered as high as 138 miles per hour in the West Virginia counties.
Flash flooding and heavy winds ripped through Lincoln County
Much of the county is a muddy mess as some are still in awe of what they say Friday night.
"It was quick, it rose real quick, within a matter of ten minutes," says Donna Searls.
She was working Saruday to sift through what's salvageable at her mother's home in Griffithsville.
"Sweeping and sprayind mud, and now we're trying to rip up the carpets, and linoleum and everything," she says.
Her neighbors are doing the same after about a foot of water made it's way into their homes.
"About 20 minutes, it was already up passed the door," says Roxanne Roberts.
Cars completely underwater, buildings left with no roofs, and much of the county left a mess as people try to clean up.
"Extremely fast rising. Just overwhelming," said Chief Nathan Price of the Duvall Volunteer Fire Department.
A red line on the wall marks how high the water got in the fire department, about 15 inches. Some of their equipment was damaged.
"Just happened really quick," says Chief Price.
But just up the road in Alkol is where high winds showed no mercy to those living there.
"On the other side of the house there's several pieces of tin gone," says Linda Pauley.
Pauley was in her kitchen when the storm ripped her roof off. Fallen trees made all of Sulphur Spring Road impassible, and help had to be called in to get things cleaned up.
For many, it's damage they never imagined they'd be dealing with, as family's like Linda's count their blessings everyone survived.
"Real thankful, that's the only thing that I got is family," she says.
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