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Monroe City: "As fast as it rolled in, it was gone."

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Monroe County residents woke up to a lot of damage Thursday morning.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says a tornado did touch down south of Madison.

Not far away in Monroe City, although there were emergency vehicles and some sightseers milling around town, the buildings were emptied out and closed up.

Everything was dark and second in command for Emergency Management Jeff Spalding said the entire town was without power for several hours.

"We've been out and we've cleared debris from the streets. The biggest challenge is getting our electrical infrastructure back up," said Spalding.

Flooding, Spalding said, was another concern.

Spalding said the fire department got some help from neighboring departments in other towns like Paris and Montgomery City.

Firefighters swept the town, checking on everyone and getting debris out of the roadways.

While there are no official reports of a tornado in Monroe City, straight line winds caused a lot of damage.

"We believe it was straight line winds just looking from the tree damages that we see," said Spalding. "We have no reports of any circular motion at this time."

 Entire trees fell on their sides, pulling up the roots and ground with it. Snapped trees and downed power lines blocked roads. Even some sheds were smashed and upside down and wrapped up in power lines.

Spalding says it all blew up pretty fast.

"It was just all of a sudden," said Spalding. "The wind just picked up and tree limbs started snapping. As fast as it rolled in it was gone."

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