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RICHMOND, Ky. (FOX 56) – A Richmond family took stunning cellphone footage of a possible tornado on Saturday, January 1.

The Cruse family was sitting on their porch when around 2 p.m. Saturday they saw what looked like a large funnel in the distance. Steven Cruse thought to pull out his cell phone and capture the stunning video.

Cruse yelled at her daughter Savannah Cruse to get out quick and see what was forming in the distance.

“And I realized the tornado there, I mean it was a tornado,” Cruse said.

Cruse said she wasn’t scared when she saw the funnel because, with daylight, they could see the tornado was quite far away. However, she described the feeling of suction on her porch.

“It started to spin, and I kind of realized something was wrong. The wind was blowing towards me, but it kinda came back,” Cruse said.

Cruse immediately called his brother in western Kentucky where another tornado warning was issued on Saturday. Her brother is a student at Western Kentucky and was in the area celebrating New Years the night before.

“He was in a chick net taking refuge in the bathroom. He is fine. He’s on his way back,” Cruse said.

Cruse’s father, Steve, had perfect timing when he started recording on his mobile phone, as sirens began to sound near Moberly Road.

After posting the video on Facebook, Cruse’s video currently has over 29,000 views.

“He’s like, am I going to be famous? We’re just surprised and shocked at how many people see it,” Savannah Cruse said.

Cruse, like many other Richmond residents, found it surreal to see another tornado so soon in Madison County.

“There’s a lot of casualties just before Christmas, and now it’s New Years and we’re bringing more tornadoes,” Cruse said.

But Cruse said it didn’t spoil his New Year: ‘I think I’ll move on and it’ll be fine, I don’t think anything’s going to cloud my mood. I will remember that.

Cruse did not take refuge today, unlike Friday night December 10, when she and her family took refuge in the middle of the night. Cruse said the tornado was scarier than the one she experienced today.

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