Thursday night's storm brings back bad memories


Kathryn DiGisi - Reporter

STONEFORT, Ill. - People living in Stonefort, Illinois spent their day assessing storm damage.

The National Weather Service confirms an EF-1 tornado hit the area, with winds reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour.

Last night, under the rumble of thunder, prayers were being said aloud by the Reeves family.

"It sounded like a baptist church on a Sunday morning in my bathtub last night," said Gary Reeves.

The storm passed and left behind a mess on Roosevelt Street in Stonefort.

Roofs were destroyed and trees the size of cars were uprooted.

National Weather Service researchers tracked the aftermath and confirmed that a tornado did touchdown.

Reeves says last night's storm brought back horrifying memories of the Harrisburg tornado; he was in town when it hit.

"I was one of the ones that went in and helped right after it happened so I've seen the destruction it did and how it hurt people and that was in my mind the whole time," said Reeves.

Reeves says once again, amidst the damage, he is reminded that things are just things.

"Everything else can be replaced. Human life can't," said Reeves.

National Weather Service researches told Local 6 that the path of this particular storm started at the Lake of Egypt and then traveled to Stonefort, possibly touching down as many as four times.