Brumley couple on storm damage: "There was no warning"

9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago Tuesday, December 05 2017 Dec 5, 2017 Tuesday, December 05, 2017 10:10:00 PM CST December 05, 2017 in News
By: Matt Schmittdiel, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

Update: The National Weather service confirmed a EF-1 tornado hit Miller County Monday night. There was no severe thunderstorm or tornado warning at the time of the storm.

Original story:

MILLER/COLE COUNTIES - A couple in Brumley came home from dinner last night and couldn't believe what they saw. Homeowner Billy Watson was driving with her husband when she asked him, "Isn't that our ceiling in the road?"

"Devastation," she said. "We got home last night. We were like there’s no garage left. All of our Christmas ornaments, decorations, balloons are now who knows where - destroyed. I just feel devastated."

The couple said they had noticed it raining earlier in the evening, but saw no damage on the way home, until they pulled into the driveway and were blocked by a fallen tree. That's when the noticed half of their roof and their garage had been completely destroyed. 

The Watsons had just finished putting up Christmas decorations, with more than twenty different inflatables filling up their yard. Rudolph, The Abominable Snowman and a nativity scene are all that's left.

"It was just a shock as to where did this come from. There was no warning. There were no warnings out. No rhyme or reason why we would come home to this devastation."

Multiple trees were uprooted and sheds destroyed, and Watson said part of the roof ended up down the street in a neighbor's yard.

The couple live with four dogs and said they were miraculously unharmed during the storm.

The two said all they can do is pick up the pieces and keep moving forward. With the help of Billy Watson's mother, the family spent Tuesday playing Christmas music as they tried to salvage anything that they could.

KOMU 8 News reached out to Miller County's Emergency Management Director Barlow Biggers to see if there were any other reports of damages and Biggers said he had nothing to report besides a few upturned trampolines. 

Jefferson City's Second Christian Church had the roof torn off of its annex at the corner of Lafayette Street and East Dunklin Street. Multiple trees were uprooted. Crews spent much of Tuesday restoring downed power lines.

More News

Grid
List
WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein headed to the White House on Monday expecting to be fired by... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, September 24 2018 Sep 24, 2018 Monday, September 24, 2018 10:30:53 AM CDT September 24, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are investigating a rash of six killings over a two-day period, with five... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, September 24 2018 Sep 24, 2018 Monday, September 24, 2018 8:17:00 AM CDT September 24, 2018 in News
CASSVILLE (AP) — A $1.9 million renovation of a southwestern Missouri trout hatchery won't interfere with the tens of thousands... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, September 24 2018 Sep 24, 2018 Monday, September 24, 2018 6:19:00 AM CDT September 24, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Ameren Missouri announced a rate decrease for electric starting Monday. The Missouri Public Service Commission approved... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, September 24 2018 Sep 24, 2018 Monday, September 24, 2018 2:28:00 AM CDT September 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri Task Force 1 is in Kinston, North Carolina waiting for its next mission. The task force's... More >>
13 hours ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 9:58:00 PM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford said in a statement on Sunday that she has committed to testifying in... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 6:31:00 PM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 6:27:00 PM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Tour Championship (all times local): 5:58 p.m. Tiger Woods is a... More >>
18 hours ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 5:12:00 PM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - According to Missouri state law, all children over the age of eight do not have to ride in... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 4:51:00 PM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police are searching for a person who ran away from a traffic stop in south Columbia around... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 4:22:00 PM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Both China and the United States' newest round of tariffs go into effect on Monday. The US' tariffs... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 2:51:00 PM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Over 100 activists walked around Stephens Lake Park on Sunday to raise money and awareness to end hunger... More >>
23 hours ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 11:58:00 AM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - One person died and another was hurt in a one-vehicle crash Sunday morning. Police said Perri A.... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 9:57:00 AM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri basketball forward Mitchell Smith was arrested early Sunday morning by the Boone County Sheriff's Department and charged... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 8:45:00 AM CDT September 23, 2018 in Sports
CLAYTON (AP) — A St. Louis man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for a 2012 police chase... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 8:27:14 AM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – About one in 10 children are subject to sexual abuse, according to a local expert on the subject.... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 22 2018 Sep 22, 2018 Saturday, September 22, 2018 11:18:00 PM CDT September 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A water main break in MU's Hearnes Center early Saturday morning caused at least $100,000 worth of damage,... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 22 2018 Sep 22, 2018 Saturday, September 22, 2018 7:17:00 PM CDT September 22, 2018 in News
FULTON - The Fulton Police Department responded to shots fired at a McDonald's located at 303 S. Business 54 early... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 22 2018 Sep 22, 2018 Saturday, September 22, 2018 5:49:00 PM CDT September 22, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 72°
12pm 76°
1pm 78°
2pm 79°
3pm 79°