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Pre-Christmas Tornado Touches Down In Harrison County

Reported by: Aaron Adelson
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Updated: 12/23/2013 6:09 pm
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It was a Christmas gift nobody wanted: A tornado in Harrison County. 

The National Weather Service confirms an EF-1 tornado touched down over the weekend.

There are no Chestnuts roasting on this open fire.  Tony Herald's been cleaning up storm debris for nearly 20 hours. 

"It could have been worse," Herald said.

Across the street it was.

"I looked out, and I'm thinking the building's gone.  I shouldn't be able to see that other building.  The whole building was gone," said Charlii Rowe, who lost her shed.

A National Weather Service meteorologist says an EF-1 tornado touched down for about a minute.  The tornado carried 100 mile per hour winds. 

The tornado chose it's path randomly.  It destroyed a building for this Harrison County family, but an American Eagle statue you can pick up with one hand, did not move.

The Rowe's don't know how far their shed moved. They can't find it, or more importantly what was inside it.

"Now it's everywhere.  I guess it decided to take a vacation all over Harrison County," said Rowe.

The tornado carried off the Rowe's Christmas presents, for their four grandkids.

"We gave them out to everybody.  I hope they enjoy them," laughed Rowe.

She can joke, because she feels lucky.

"We lost a building.  We lost stuff.

The tornado destroyed their neighbor's house.

"Christmas here is not good at this house, but they're alive, and that's the best thing of all," said John Gordon, the National Weather Service Meteorologist who confirmed the tornado.

We have no reported injuries in Harrison County from the storm.

"Merry Christmas," said Rowe

To whoever finds her Christmas presents. 
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