Roof torn from Lutheran church in Miami County by severe spring storm

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PAOLA, Kan. — A church lays in tatters after a spring storm left the building and the surrounding property in disrepair. A Facebook video posted on April 29 by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office shows heavy damage done to Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Miami County. Half of the roof appears to have been torn off the main structure. As the camera pans down, you can see the part of the roof that came off laying in the grass. “Quite a mess here,” one man says in the video. “Yes, it really is,” another man replies.
The flagpole also is bent, the church sign lays in pieces and tombstones are uprooted. Surprisingly, a picture of Jesus remained hanging on the wall in the room where the roof was ripped off, generally untouched. See a picture in the photo gallery above. Miami County Sheriff Frank Kelly told FOX4 that the damage appears to extend for several miles. “There’s damage that’s across the street that was done to a home… and then further on past that property, there are some power lines down,” Kelly said. Kelly said they were under a severe thunderstorm warning at the time of the incident. He said he’s working to gather more information from the National Weather Service. FOX4 meteorologist Joe Lauria confirmed a brief tornado touched down in the area for about 2 miles. Winds hit 85 mph, making it an EF0 tornado. No one was in the church at the time of the incident. Kelly said the house across the street was occupied, but no one appears to have been injured at this time. A Facebook post from the church further details the damage.

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