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Vintage car shop damaged by Saturday storms

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STAUNTON, Ill. -- Central Illinois suffered heavy damage after strong storms that contained tornado warnings moved through areas of Montgomery, Macoupin and Pike counties Saturday afternoon. 

Dozens of vintage cars at County Classic Cars in Macoupin County sat under rubble Sunday after storms blew through 24 hours earlier. 

Russell and Anita Noel have been in the antique car business for more than two decades. 

"The cars are getting harder to find, more expensive and they are going up in value every day," Russell said. 

The nearly 700 car business sits off of Interstate 55 in Staunton. 

"We started it on our farm, where we lived with one car, 25 years ago," Russell said. 

But now the business is dealing with cracked windshields, scrapes, dents and sheds ripped to pieces. 

"A tornado came through and went right over the new building we built last year and came down and went across and got these two buildings and you can see the damage," Russell said. 

The Noels were in St. Louis enjoying a day off when they received a panicked phone call. 

"The guy that lives in the trailer, our security guard, called and said we got a lot of wind up here," Russell said. "We came up here and it was dark when we got here."

The business is no stranger to setbacks. The dealership suffered a massive fire back in August 2017 that damaged more than a hundred cars and the office building. 

Russell said there was no one working at the car shop when the tornado hit Saturday afternoon. 

"We are just glad it happened on a Saturday because we close at 3 p.m. and this happened a little after 4 p.m., so nobody was here," he said. 

The Noels said this was an unlucky situation, but they feel lucky because no one was injured. 

Despite being faced with another rebuild, the Noels said you just have to make the best out of situations you can't control. 

"We have a dent special going my friend, which one do you want," Russell said jokingly. 

As of Sunday night, Russell said he was unsure how many cars were damaged, but that won't stop them from opening Monday morning. 

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