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Cleanup begins after storms tear through Tippecanoe and Clinton counties

Two days later, people are still cleaning up after storms in Tippecanoe and Clinton counties. The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in Dayton on Saturday. Strong storms also tore through parts of Frankfort leaving a path of destruction.

Posted: Nov 19, 2017 9:04 PM
Updated: Nov 20, 2017 6:19 PM

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Two days later, people are still cleaning up after storms in Tippecanoe and Clinton counties. The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in Dayton on Saturday.

Strong storms also tore through parts of Frankfort leaving a path of destruction.

News 18 was there as the storms hit and went back today to follow up on damage.

Conditions look a lot better in Frankfort than they did when I was there on Saturday, but many businesses are still closed and without power today.

Most people we talked to say they're just glad it wasn't worse.

"We were very lucky," said Terri Goff.

"We're fortunate, we're ok, we'll be fine,” said Garney Jenkins.

You may have heard of the calm before the storm. But in Frankfort, the calm is carrying on after the storm too.

Most people are positive, even after seeing paths of destruction left all over their city.

"I tried to walk in without getting shocked but no I was totally shocked," said Jenkins.

Garney Jenkins owns a building with a hair salon and dentist office inside.

The storm took out a garage located right behind the businesses. He said, "It was a big garage, and it just exploded."

It blew into Jenkins' building creating large holes and severe damage inside and out.

"The dental office will be back probably later on this week but the salon probably won't be back for some time because there is too much damage to their part of the building," said Jenkins.

Piles of debris, downed power lines and trees. But a tornado didn't cause it.

Just heavy straight-line winds. Clinton County EMA deputy director Terri Goff didn't expect that.

"It was shocking, I was surprised it hit as hard as it did and as quick as it did," said Goff.

She says her office took a lot of calls during the storms, but there were only three reports of minor injuries.

"We're very fortunate that it happened on a weekend because if it had been a week day there probably would have been more people out and there probably would have been a lot of people hurt," said Jenkins.

He says dealing with the damage won't be easy but said, “we'll get through it, we'll get through it."

Crews say they will be working to clean up downed power lines and debris for the next couple of days.

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