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Madison County businesses assess damage left behind by apparent tornadoes

Posted at 5:35 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 17:35:20-04

MADISON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Some Madison County businesses took a big hit when two apparent tornadoes swept through the area Tuesday evening, but no injuries have been reported.

Now, as they try to clean up, people are seeing just how bad the damage is.

In a matter of seconds, whipping winds took part of the roof off of Studds Steel and Lumber, shocking customers and employees inside.

The employees said they knew about the severe storm threat, but never thought something like this would happen.

Owner Glenn Frith was at another store in Perry when the storm hit, and his main concern was the well-being of his workers.

Frith says they have some damage, but they would take the damage over anyone getting hurt or worse.

”We’ve got the roof there some ceiling grid inside the main building down," said Frith. "Got one wall on the front side of the main building that sustained some damage.”

He says the damage is a wake up call to hunker down during severe weather. Frith says repairs will be made to the roof and other areas of the building soon.

The National Weather service, along with Madison EMA, is assessing damage Wednesday.