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Salina residents cleaning up after storm causes damage throughout town

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Posted at 8:20 PM, Mar 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-07 21:20:28-05

SALINA -- Severe storms caused damage in Salina on Monday night. Awnings were torn off buildings, glass was left shattered in the street and some residents feared for their lives.

An awning at the health clinic was ripped off, and residents said they found storm debris a half-mile down the road. 

"It hurt so bad. It kept me up all night. But we couldn't get out. I mean the roof was blocking our way," said Lisa Cummings, a resident.

Cummings was inside her apartment when the storm hit, and blew the roof off her home.

"The ceiling was starting to buckle and we heard a great big boom," Cummings said.

Her husband quickly pulled her from the recliner.

"He thought something was going to come through the window. He pulled me too fast and he messed my wrist and elbow up," she said.

Her next door neighbor, Colton Clonce, was scared as he heard the skies roar.

"My door started rattling and I went over to it and a bunch of dust just hit me in the face and covered my entire apartment in it," Clonce said.

Down the street, resident Rick Ford assessed the damage at his car repair shop.

"That was the door. Of course this was the bottom down here and then the top up there," Ford said.

Now, it's blocked off, and part of the framework is in the street.

"It's just like it created a vacuum inside there and just pulled it out," Ford said.

No matter the cost, the small town will come together.

"Whether you got it or not, you just find a way to get it somehow or another," Ford said.

Town officials said no one was seriously hurt in the storm, and no one lost power.

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