Johnston County residents clean up hail, wind damage from Tuesday night storms

Published: Apr. 22, 2020 at 9:53 PM CDT
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People in Johnston County cleaned up storm damage Wednesday after winds and hail pounded the area.

Emergency Management said trees and debris covered roads in the area and hail ranged from pea size to near tennis ball size.

Jaycee Johnson lives in Milburn and said she got a message from her friend saying her husband's 2012 Ford Mustang was damaged, having its front and rear windshields busted and side mirrors broken.

"So I come out here and sure enough: shattered," Johnson said. "Luckily we didn't have any broken windows on the house."

Johnson's husband, Tom, collects Ford Mustangs ranging from 1965 to 2015, but the 2012 was the only one damaged. Johnson said the 2012 has had its fair share of wrecks before including run-ins with deer, wild hogs and other drivers.

"Tom loves this car," Johnson said. "I call it the bad luck car. His dad calls it the 'omen'."

Hail also damaged roofs and gutters on houses in Milburn and other parts of Johnston County.

The E-Z Mart in Ravia had part of its roof peeled off from the wind and operated most of Wednesday without power.

Jason Bryant, Johnston County emergency management director, said people need to keep in mind shelters may be closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"My philosophy is the tornado threat is the bigger threat at the moment," Bryant said. "Take your precautions. Wear your mask, goggles, gloves. Try not to cough on anybody if you're symptomatic. You need to have a plan when there's clear skies out. Talk to your friends, your family who have shelters that you can go to."