CNN PRODUCER NOTE Eric Hall was sitting outside on his porch when he heard his smart phone and television go off with weather warning alarms. He ran inside to see what was going on, and just as he did, he saw the tornado out of the corner of his eye. "It looked like it was about a quarter of a mile away, if even." He said he always knew tornadoes were supposed to sound like freight trains, but this one sounded like a slow moving freight train. The wind was gusty, but not nearly as bad as he'd feared a tornado's winds could be. He also said afterward there wasn't a lot of debris around his area. His general area, an older neighborhood, wasn't hit, but 5 or 6 blocks away, homes and apartment complexes were all but destroyed. He then drove up to a Kroger in East Peoria, where the electricity is still on, but it will take him around 2 hours to get back into Washington, as police aren't letting people in the regular way. "If you're a resident, you have to take the long road," he said.
- Kelly Murray, CNN iReport producer