Crews return the welcome to Mansfield to its upright position. The sign suffering minor damages from Thursday’s storm, but behind it lies plenty of destruction.
“My niece called me. We live right here across the street. She said you’re not going to believe this. I said what’s that. She said 80 or 90 percent of your portable buildings were gone,” said Alan Yarbrough, Business Owner.
Alan Yarbrough overlooks his property in disbelief. He has sold portable buildings out of this location for more than a decade.
He says he’s never seen anything like this. Scraps of metal litter the ground, large portable buildings flipped upside down. As crews address downed power lines.
“It tore up 14 portable buildings that we know of and two car sheds. We’re looking at 80 to 90 thousands dollars worth in damages,” said Yarbrough.
Several other residents lost power during the storm. “The lights went out and we knew something was happening and we had no idea it would be this devastating,” said Phyllis Whitaker, Resident.
“We actually got a report from the principal at the high school that he saw a funnel cloud touch down and lift off,” said Billy Locke, Asst. Police Chief.
The National Weather Service determined it was an EF-1 tornado.