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NWS rules Mt. Enterprise storm a tornado

UPDATE: The National Weather Service has confirmed to KLTV that Wednesday's storms in Mt. Enterprise produced an EF-1 tornado.


MT. ENTERPRISE, TX (KLTV) - More than half the city of Mt. Enterprise was left with no electricity all morning, and on top of that, high winds caused severe damage to homes and businesses.


An antique shop that has been open since the 70's suffered major roof damage. The shop is near the intersection of state highways 84 and 259.

KLTV 7's Annette Falconer met with the owners of the shop today to see how they are recovering and what they're doing to preserve their antiques.

Cindy and Freddie Swann were at work this morning watching Meteorologist Grant Dade say a roof came off a building in Mt. Enterprise.

"I called the Mexican restaurant next door and asked him about it and he said yes, the roof is off of your shop," says Cindy Swann, owner of Milford's Antique Shop. Even though the secondary roof on their building was still in tact, the original roof was blown off. "I'd like for it to stop raining so we can get someone up there to repair it before it collapses in here and breaks everything," expresses Swann.

With all the leaks coming in fast, the Swanns had minimal time to pack all their antiques up into a safe container. "It's not a very good feeling at all, and we actually don't have insurance on this building so it's definitely not a good feeling," says Swann.

Unfortunately, power went out in more than half the town, according to AEP, so the Swanns house was impacted by the storm as well.

"There's no place like Kansas, you want to be home, so I'm going to try to get my lights on before dark," states Freddy Swann, co-owner of Milford's Antique Shop.

With the help of friends and family, the swanns are just taking one step at a time cleaning up the mess from this windy Texas storm.

"All that's left now is get it cleaned up, straightened up and go home, that's the best thing to do," says Freddy Swann.

Turns out, Milford's Antique Shop has not been open for the last five years, but all the items are still inside the store. The Swanns say they are hoping now to have a big garage sale.

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