The National Weather service is trying to determine if storm damage in parts of St. Clair County Thursday evening was caused by straight line winds or a small tornado.
The county Emergency Management Agency reports that the worst damage was in Marissa, Illinois, about 40 southeast of St. Louis. That's where there were several unconfirmed reports of a tornado touching down about 7:00 p.m.
Marissa resident Alice Steinheimer was still shaking when she spoke with Fox 2 News after the storm knocked down several trees on her property. She said it was a frightening evening. "It was scary, believe me," she said. "I thought we was havin' a tornado. And I don't like them tornadoes."
Steinheimer said the tree damage is overwhelming. "Oh my God, it's something," she said. "I don't know how I'm going to get this mess cleaned up."
Several car and homes were also damaged in the Marissa area.