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Saturday, April 20
The Indiana Daily Student

GALLERY: For them, the tornado lasted seconds. But the damage will last longer.

A tornado hit Monroe County on Saturday, reaching a high of 130 miles per hour in its 3.7 mile path according to the National Weather Service.

The county has declared a local disaster emergency. Now, those affected by the tornado have to wait for insurance companies and clean up efforts before life can return to normal. Roadsides are bordered with fallen trees, and the sound of chainsaws cutting trunks fills the air. There was a randomness to what was taken and what was left intact, as garages were thrown fields away but the contents of china cabinets remained uncracked.

“I wanted some remodeling done, but I didn’t want it this way,” Tina Paynter, 52, said.

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