National Weather Service surveying Galatia tornado damage
GALATIA, Ill. - A team of meteorologists with the National Weather Service spent the day in Galatia, Illinois to get a first hand look at the destruction caused by Tuesday night's storm, and they determined an "EF2" tornado touched down.
The National Weather Service's lead forecaster told Local 6 tje tornado packed 115 mile per hour winds that seriously injured two people. The twister damaged 20 homes and destroyed 5 others along a one mile stretch between North Park Street and East of McKinley Street in Galatia, Illinois, in Saline County.
The tornado left a lot of people homeless. Families are scattered, trying to get much needed rest after being up all night Tuesday and cleaning up the mess all day Wednesday. Everyone's thankful to simply have a roof over their head but there's still a lot of uncertainty about the future.
One thing folks living in Galatia, Illinois do know for sure; it was a tornado that touched down and tore up parts of their town.
"Once you lose the roof of a house that's what creates the force that lets air come in and blow things apart," National Weather Service lead forecaster Greg Meffert said.
There's a fundraiser for the Galatia Tornado victims Friday at 6 o'clock at "Bobbie Joe's Restaurant" in Galatia, Illinois.