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Peever picks up after tornado strike

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Last nights storms caused plenty of damage across the Midwest but one South Dakota town had a close encounter of the tornado kind.

168 people call Peever, South Dakota home. It's a safe bet that every one of them are counting their blessings tonight.

"It's not as bad as it could have been and we thank God that it wasn't." Said Aaron Fattore.

Just six miles to the south, the National Weather Service says a tornado briefly touched down. Fattore saw the swirling clouds as he was heading to the basement.

"Just as I looked out the window it came down touched the ground and it went poof like a waterfall out of the ground and then it went right back up." Said Fattore.

But the town did not escape the storm completely unscathed. Homes had shingles ripped off by the shearing winds. Trees and branches were also tossed around causing damage for many homeowners.

"My siding got messed up pretty bad on the side but no windows got busted out or nothing too bad." Said Christian Barse.

Just down the street is a completely different story. Pieces of this home are scattered across Peever as if a bomb went off inside.

"It's amazing I can't even fathom how fast the wind speed was must have been, devastating." Said Fattore.

The storm took everything off the home's foundation except for the toilet. Several streets away portions of the walls can be found.

"I've been living in this area my entire life, I've seen a couple bad things but never this bad. I've seen trees uprooted but not no buildings blown over." Said Barse.

The cleanup will take Peever some time, but the small town us pulling together to help. Fattore says he knows the tornado could very easily have taken a trip down main street. Like his neighbors, he's happy that this time it was just a very close call.

"This is bad... but people aren't hurt and that's what we have to thank God for." Said Fattore.

A lot of the debris around town is being piled up on the side of the street so insurance adjustors can determine just how much damage this storm caused.

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