Tornado damages 12 Johnson County homes

The National Weather Service team visited Johnson and Laurens Counties Saturday and classified Friday's storm as an EF2 tornado. Johnson County Deputy EMA Director Brandon Kight said 12 homes were damaged.

Horse trainer Michael Morris won't be able to sit under on porch for a while. A tornado blew the roof down.

"Only lasted a few seconds, but did a lot of damage while it was here," said the Johnson County resident.

He also lost his barn.

"The roof completely was destroyed over it, and on top of them, in their pens, they were all 7 still there when I came to turn them out. None of them injured, which is a miracle," said Morris.

Morris' friends and family helped him clean up his yard, picking up trees and pieces of roof.

"I'm glad that I live here where everybody helps out," he said.

Morris plans to rebuild his barn so he can get back to training horses.

"We have about 25 horses here, do horse riding, lessons and training," he said. "My arena where I train horses is completely gone now."

The National Weather Service toured Morris' property and Cassandra Brown's home.

Meteorologist Steven Nelson said a EF2 Quasi-linear convective system tornado caused the destruction.

"Fortunately the tornadoes that are spawn from that are shorter lived, they are a little bit weaker, but they can be pretty strong," said Nelson.

Strong enough to push Browns mobile home off its foundation.

Kight said the new firehouse had damage to its doors.


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