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Bowling Green home destroyed following Tuesday tornado

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(WGEM) -- One home in Bowling Green was destroyed following a series of tornadoes that rolled through the southern part of the viewing area Tuesday afternoon.

The Bowling Green Fire Department reports that at least one home is destroyed and two barns are down after a tornado touched down near Bowling Green shortly after 4:15 p.m. The home's roof and siding were ripped off, with grain bins blown over and insulation from the home's roof carried yards away.

More than 100 neighbors in the area have come to help rebuild the roof and clean up debris thrown around from the high winds.

"It's just devastating, it's just devastating. You just want to help them. Help them get everything back in order and help them get on with their life," said Pike County resident Shelly Orf, who helped with clean up efforts.

Many of these Pike County residents say they've never even seen a tornado up close before. And after several days of severe weather the damage just one storm can do is becoming all too clear. The roof was this home was torn off, two barns destroyed and farm machinery picked up and tossed like toys.

"It did get my attention, today when I seen it first hand. Take cover, it's not to mess with because this is what can happen," said Jeff Miller, also on hand to help with the clean-up.

A family of four was inside the home when the tornado struck, but luckily, family members were able to get to the basement and escaped the destruction with no injuries.

"I saw the tornado when it hit town, my daughter saw it when it was actually going through the area," Orf said.

"We heard on the news where it touched down at so then, a friend of mine said it was Paul's house and he's a friend so we came out and see if he wanted any help," Miller said.

Neighbors say it only took the tornado ten minutes to do this much damage. But Cleaning up is going to take these volunteers weeks and this area may never look the same.

"An 80-foot shed right over there and its in those trees over there. It's just very powerful, that's all I got to say," Miller said.

"I was driving down 161 and just out of nowhere to the left it touched down," eyewitness Jared Gray said. "I sort of saw it coming down and then it was and there were trees and stuff flying out of the ground."

The storm spawned three confirmed tornadoes in Pike County, Missouri, according to the Pike County Sheriff's Department, including one near Clarksville. An eyewitness tells WGEM News that the southern end of Clarksville suffered extensive damage, with trees down and carports blown over, but no destroyed homes.

"We were heading home from St. Louis and I was on 61," eyewitness Debbie Stark said. "We just heard the tornado warning on the radio. I told my father, 'I think I see it.' Then I saw it go down to the ground."

"I said, 'Oh God, that's a tornado. It's right there.'"

One confirmed tornado was also being tracked by NWS Doppler Radar near Belleview, Illinois, 15 miles south of Pittsfield.

The National Weather Service is still investigating how the strength of the tornadoes that hit Pike County today, they should have that information by Wednesday.

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