Roof Buildings Hit By A Tornado

Damage is pictured on a farm northeast of Bayard.

A large tree is shown on its side in front of a Bayard home. The home is located on Avenue A, one block west of Main Street, photographer Jeff Leanna said.

Emergency crews were quick to put out the flames caused by a lightning strike at Highway 92 and Wright’s Gap Road south of Melbeta. The Monday afternoon strike proceeded a strong weather system that brought heavy rain, hail and several tornadoes to the area.

Crews were out doing clean up work until late Monday night and were back at it starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. The Firefighter Ministry responded, taking its disaster relief trailer and will again be in Bayard today.

Bayard Police Chief Zack Douglas told the Star-Herald that authorities are currently evacuating the Chimney Rock Villa, the local nursing home. Residents are being evacuated to the high school after the roof was torn off the building.

No injuries were reported. Douglas said sirens alerted residents of the approaching tornado at about 7 p.m. and the tornado came through the town about ten minutes later. He said that the tornado first touched down at the sugar factory, then struck the Chimney Rock Villa and “kept going from there” in a diagonal path. Bayard cleaning up after tornado | Local News | starherald.com