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Tornado touches down in Mercer County

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The Mercer County Emergency Management Agency confirmed a tornado briefly hit the outskirts of Rockford last night. The Mercer County Emergency Management Agency confirmed a tornado briefly hit the outskirts of Rockford last night.
Robbins considers Rockford, and the entire county, lucky given the minimal damage and magnitude of the storm. Robbins considers Rockford, and the entire county, lucky given the minimal damage and magnitude of the storm.

Last night, the most notable area those severe storms tore through, was Mercer County. The Mercer County Emergency Management Agency confirmed a tornado briefly hit the outskirts of Rockford last night.

EMA Director Mike Robbins says he's pleased with the work the trained spotters in the county did to keep people safe.

“Started giving us very good information on funnel clouds they were seeing, rotation in the clouds. So we forwarded that, between Central dispatch and I, we forwarded that to the National weather service in Wilmington," explains Robbins. "At about 8:30 p.m., they did issue a tornado warning for the northern half of Mercer county. And did get a report of one on the ground.

Robbins considers Rockford, and the entire county, lucky given the minimal damage and magnitude of the storm.

“Mostly tree and crop damage. There was an out building, up there on Lee road, that was destroyed. I'm sure some people lost some shingles and stuff, but I'm not aware of any severe damage to any residencies," says Robbins. "But I think everyone was heeding those warnings. I think we got lucky because there were several funnel clouds up in that area, and most of them didn't touch down. There was a funnel cloud that went right over the village of Rockford. We're lucky that didn't touch down.

Robbins reassures the county, as a precaution, that he will be watching and preparing for future weather in the coming week.

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