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Cedarville Community Surprised by Destruction of Tornado
CEDARVILLE -- It's the strongest tornado to touch down in the Miami Valley in 14 years.
An EF-3 tornado rolled through Cedarville Wednesday night, that's what the National Weather Service determined Thursday afternoon.
The twister left a pile of rubble in its path.
Tore down barns, uprooted trees, knocked over power lines and leveled homes.
"Better turn before you get to my house," shouted Shawn Evans on his cellphone video of the tornado.
Neighbors praying for a miracle.
"You better turn!" he shouted.
As this tornado bears down on their home.
"It was coming across that field directly across Barber through that field right towards the porch," said Evans.
"Gabby that is forming a, that is a," said Craig Miller in his cellphone video he took of the tornado.
"You could see the rotation up in the sky and that's kind of what let you knwo that this is a really really unstable place right now," said Miller.
The Cedarville community on high alert as Wednesday night's storms rolled through.
"Like a train coming through everything, wind just whirling and rain coming before it," said Evans.
Shawn Evans' barn was destroyed by the tornado that narrowly missed his house.
"I was thinking that my house was going to disappear cuz you see that there was all kinds of debris and it's already done some destruction or damage," said Evans.
"To have a residence to suffer this much structural damage and to have farm building completely leveled it's pretty significant," said Seth Binau, National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service surveyed the damage for several hours and determined the winds reached 145 miles per hour.
With that, the tornado registers at an EF3, the strongest to hit the Miami Valley in 14 years.
"It's very humbling to come out here and access damage when you know peoples lives we're pretty much ruined," said Binau.
As the community starts to pick up the pieces, they start to grasp just how lucky they are.
"If there's a silver lining to this it's that people lived and injuries we're very minimal," said Binau,
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