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Windstorm rips roof section off Racine manufacturing plant, injures 2 (UPDATE)

Members of the Vincennes Street Department remove debris from the street following a storm at passed through the area in Vincennes, Ind., on Tuesday. It was part of the same storm system that may have spawned a tornado in Racine. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Members of the Vincennes (Ind.) Street Department remove debris from the street following a storm at passed through the area in Vincennes, Ind., on Tuesday. It was part of the same storm system that may have spawned a tornado in Racine. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

MILWAUKEE (AP) —  Two employees were hurt when tornado-like winds ripped away a section of the roof at a tractor manufacturer in Racine County.

Case IH spokesman Duane Nelson said an engineer and a parts employee were taken to a local hospital after suffering minor injuries when a storm damaged the Mount Pleasant plant Tuesday morning.

Sheryl Uthemann was working first shift when she heard a loud roar. Uthemann said co-workers then shouted to run for cover. She said she looked up and “saw pieces of the roof sucked up.”

Jeremy Thornton said it sounded like a freight train coming through the building, then a huge gust of wind knocked him back a couple feet.

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