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article imageTornado strikes Fayette County

By Matthew Hendricks     Apr 29, 2013 in World
According to the National Weather Service an EF-1 Tornado touched down in Fayette County Saturday night. One minor injury was reported.
According to wmctv.com, the tornado began northeast of exit 35 on I-40 and ended in a wooded area to north of Old 59 Drive, about one mile east.
Many animals from an animal shelter were loose after the shelter was hit by the tornado. They have been contained Sunday morning.
A church on Belmont Road was blown off its foundation. A barn was destroyed, several trees fell, and at least one house is damaged.
Myfoxmemphis.com reports that one dog and one kitten were killed when the animal shelter was hit, and the pens for the other 127 dogs were ripped apart.
Volunteers in Fayette County quickly established a Facebook group to recruit volunteers to help the shelter's clean up. Immediately following the storm, people gathered the more than 100 dogs that were loose because of destroyed shelters, putting them in makeshift kennels.
Abc24.com reports that the man whose house was damaged is Bill Funk.
"I hollered back at my wife. I said, 'We're in a tornado, get in the middle of the house,' and she said, 'What?'" said Bill Funk whose property was damaged by a tornado.
Among other damage, a 1,500 pound wooden playground set was blown across the yard. Nearly 60 people helped clean up the damage.
Funk says he's grateful for those who helped clean it all up.
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