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Church officials in Butler survey damage from lightning strike

| Thursday, June 12, 2014, 11:28 p.m.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
From a lift, Ron Criley (left) and Keith Robinson of Etzel Masonry inspect the damage caused by a lightning strike to the Grace @ Calvary Lutheran Church in Butler on Thursday, June 12, 2014. According to Jim Schiebel, the church's property chairman, lightning struck the turret section of the structure about 7 p.m. Wednesday, sending roughly 2 tons of stones crashing through the roof below. No damage was visible to the inside of the church, and none of the many stained-glass windows were damaged.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
From a lift, Ron Criley, left, and Keith Robinson, of Etzel Masonry, inspect the damage caused by a lightning strike to the Grace @ Calvary Lutheran Church in Butler, Thursday, June 12, 2014. According to Jim Schiebel, the church's property chairperson, at around 7pm Wednesday night lightning struck the turret section of the structure, top, knocking out approximately 2 tons of stones that then crashed through the roof below. No damage was visible to the inside of the church, and none of the many stained-glass windows were damaged.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
From a lift, Ron Criley, left, and Keith Robinson, of Etzel Masonry, inspect the damage caused by a lightning strike to the Grace @ Calvary Lutheran Church in Butler, Thursday, June 12, 2014. According to Jim Schiebel, the church's property chairperson, at around 7pm Wednesday night lightning struck the turret section of the structure, top, knocking out approximately 2 tons of stones that then crashed through the roof below. No damage was visible to the inside of the church, and none of the many stained-glass windows were damaged.

Authorities are trying to determine the cost of repairing the Grace @ Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in downtown Butler that was damaged by a lightning strike during the storms Wednesday evening. Jim Thompson, a member of the church's finance committee, said the falling stones knocked a 6-foot by 8-foot hole in the roof and broke some rafters and support joists inside. A tornado warning had been issued during the storm for parts of Butler and Armstrong counties, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that there is no evidence a tornado touched down in either county. There will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms through Friday evening, National Weather Service forecasters say. The weather is expected to be sunny and clear for the weekend.

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