Tornado causes damage in Hamilton County

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June 17, 2009 - 7:00pm



Officials are assessing the damage in the aftermath of a tornado that touched down Wednesday night in Hamilton County, just east of Grand Island. The tornado struck about 5 miles west of Aurora about 9 p.m. Jeff Juzyk and his wife Stacie had just put their four kids to bed when their power went out. They hustled the family to the basement where Juzyk says he could feel their house blowing apart. The family was not hurt. The storm also ripped part of the roof and walls off a warehouse at Proctor and Gamble's Iams pet food plant, and derailed cars from a freight train nearby. Hamilton County Emergency Management Director Kirt Smith said there was other damage as well:

"We've done some preliminary damage assessments. We have about three or four homes that have shingles, window damage, obviously there are some trees down, power lines down, about 15 pivots have been turned over
in that area, obviously the crop damage along
with that, too."

Smith says the town of Aurora itself was spared, and no one was hurt.

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