Just got back from taking photos of the tornado damage in Merrill. From what I saw there's a lot of damage from the Industrial Park to the airport area. The storm cut a path through a residential area and crossed over Hwy. 51 where it destroyed the old Hwy. 51 truck stop and some more homes and farms on CTH K. I understand it then moved on to Gleason where more damage was reported. Judging by the amount of damage, it is very fortunate nobody was hurt. Numerous buildings destroyed in the industrial park. Over two dozen homes completely leveled. A lot of people out working to get things restored. Officers have roads blocked off where most serious damage occurred. All those out working deserve a lot of credit. It was very uplifting to see employees from Northern Electric, one of the businesses hardest hit, out cleaning things up and already making repairs. It certainly does look like a war zone where the storm cut a half-mile wide path through the community.
Oddly enough, areas outside those hardest hit seemed to suffer minimal damage. Other than just a few downed trees, I only saw washed out areas along the roadway from all the heavy rain along Hwy. 107. Most of Merrill also seemed to go untouched.
Keep the people from Merrill in your thoughts and prayers. This disaster is going to take some time to recover from.