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Vandalia Man Describes Moments Leading Up to Tornado
VANDALIA -- Neighbors in Vandalia are still in shock that at least an EF-1 tornado hit their community.
We spoke to one man who was home at the time, and he describes what he saw and heard.
"I was sitting here watching the game," said Brandon Thomas, "The lights went out, so I looked outside."
At that point he got up off the couch.
"I saw our trees were like parallel adjacent but they were like leaning," said Thomas.
As he watched, this tree snapped in half and flew into his driveway.
"Right after that I heard the lightning strike right over here some where and then I heard the first thunder clap," he said.
It's what happened next that made Thomas run for cover.
"I heard this, it sounded like an artillery shell, boom, like a cannon went off," said Thomas.
So he grabbed his animals and ran down the hallway, to the only safe place he knew.
"It was terrifying," he said, "After I heard the second boom, it shook me, it shook everything."
After what Thomas described as sounding like a train passed, he looked outside and saw the damage to his neighbors' homes.
His home just feet away, untouched.
Thomas is grateful, but knows his neighbors lives have been changed.
"I feel really bad for my neighbors, like I wish that there was something that I could do to help," he said, "Because they lost a lot of their stuff that they're not going to get back, and peace of mind."
The two homes hit the worst in the neighborhood are vacant.
The people living there were home at the time, but were not injured.
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