(WGEM) - The Tri-States is taking stock after a line of severe thunderstorms and some tornado warned storms made its way through the area on Wednesday.
Damage has been reported as line of severe thunderstorms rolled through the Tri-States. Traffic was delayed on southbound lanes of US 61, at Palmyra, and westbound lanes of US 36 east of Monroe City due to semi accidents.
"Things were like blowing across the road and I felt like my car started moving and I pulled off the highway first and I had my daughter and grandson with me and I said we can't just stay here. I feel like we were sitting ducks just waiting for the weather," Peggy Kirkeeng, who ran into a convenience store to take cover, said.
Kirkeeng was one of about a dozen people who made their way into a walk in cooler for cover. Truck driver Steven Butler also got off the road in the middle of the storm, he didn't think he'd make it.
"I was hoping I wasn't going to end up like the truck," Butler said. "I really thought we were going to tip over. I mean I didn't want to tell my second seat that but really my trailer was pushed sideways and I thought it was over."
Several people say they've never been a part of something so severe.
"Not this close. I've experienced it from a distance but I didn't think I'd be in it today with my car blowing, I've never been so scared with my car blowing like that," Kirkeeng said.
"Yea it's an experience, something that I don't want to do again," Butler said.
In Quincy, various reports of damaged buildings have been reported, as the wind was strong enough to move a parked trailer into the side of the Staples store on Broadway. Most notably a section of a wall of the County Market/Pet Supplies Plus building at 48th and Broadway.
"We came back everything was fine," Mary Jane Davis, District Manager of Pet Supply Plus, said. "We saw the side of the building was blown off. The water was leaking into our office in our fish area. No animals were harmed. Everything is perfect there."
The storm caused destruction in rural Adams County as well, ripping off the remains of the old Flying Inn, just east of Quincy on Highway 104 near Quincy Regional Airport.
Reports from the Monroe County Dispatch Center indicated that a roof had blown off a garage near Paris following a tornado warned storm earlier Wednesday afternoon. Monroe City law enforcement reported that windows were blown out of a highway patrol squad car, along with sign and tree damage in the area.
Reports of three semi trucks blown over were also reported on U.S. 36 near West Ely in Marion County. Marion County Emergency Management Director John Hark reported at least five semi trucks rolled over due to high winds in the county. WGEM News crews witnessed one man rescued from his tipped over semi truck in Palmyra.
Confirmed wind gusts 70 mph was reported with this line of storms.
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