GREEN VALLEY — Parts of rural Tazewell County were hit by two tornadoes early Tuesday morning that touched down near Green Valley and Delavan.
The National Weather Service reported an EF-1 touched down east of Green Valley and an EF-2 north of Delavan.
Rural Green Valley resident Connie Stark seemed very calm despite the destruction around her after early Tuesday morning storms demolished grain silos, a machine shed and a horse barn at her home.
Stark had taken three of her horses on Saturday to be trained. The only mare left on the property was in the barn. Had all of the horses been in the barn, the material from the tack room and debris from the roof would have come crashing in on them. A grain silo crashed into the barn in the heavy winds.
The mare was uninjured.
“I can’t believe I’m this calm,” said Stark. “I’m very lucky. God has a purpose, but I don’t know what it is on this.”
Scott Stark went outside when the storm alarm on his phone went off at 12:08 a.m. He looked out toward the field and saw “what looked like a tornado to me.”
The storm then slammed into them.
A line of vicious storms demolished buildings and grain silos near Green Valley and Delavan in the early morning hours. The Malone Township Building was demolished — a structure that was at least 100 years old, said Township Trustee Miles Allen. The township shed that housed road equipment was also heavily damaged. Officials are waiting for word on the total damage.
A meeting will be held in the future to decide what comes next.
The main issue with the demolished building is the upcoming primary election, which was slated to happen at the township building.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Matt Barnes said the damage was caused by a solid line of thunderstorms with winds in excess of 60 mph. The storm dropped close to an inch of rain in some areas.
Neighbors came and went through the day to see what the Stark’s needed. One neighbor took in the only horse. Another came bearing cookies and reminding them that if they needed sandwiches to feed workers to let them know.
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