Former WKYT anchor caught in Illinois tornado damage

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A former WKYT News anchor was not far from the devastation in Washington, IL. Renee Charles worked for WKYT from 2005 to 2008. She now lives in Metamora, IL, about ten miles from where some of the worst damage was seen.

Charles hasn't had the chance to see the damage for herself, her home, like many others is without power Sunday.

"You just knew that there was something very different about the storm that was coming in," Charles said.

Sirens went off around 10 a.m. Central time. Charles and her family fled to their basement.

Their home is a few minutes from Washington, IL, where the residential area was turned into a lumber yard.

"What once was a very large neighborhood, is completely gone," Charles explained.

She says once the storm cleared, the community came together.

"In fact there were so many people trying to get to Washington to help people. Who are dealing with this, that they were actually closing roads and not allowing people in to the community," said Charles.

Washington, Illinois is without power and most people won't be able to volunteer until Monday morning.

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