DEXTER, Kan. (KAKE) - Hundreds of people were left without power in Cowley and Elk Counties Saturday night after severe weather, including tornadoes, moved through the area.

Cowley County Emergency Management says the storm caused tree damage and power poles to snap, leaving many without power. 

"It started out that way and I started seeing metal,” said Landon DeVore, a Dexter Firefighter.

Metal torn away from buildings could be seen for miles in Cowley County, as a tornado went around the community.

The storm also took its toll on a family barn just outside of town, reducing it to debris and memories. Jim Lindly's 89-year-old mother was at home at the time of the tornado, and took shelter while it ripped through.

" just look at the devastation, it's unbelievable. I'm glad everybody is okay. The house is in pretty good shape,” said Lindly, whose family barn is destroyed. 

Fortunately, the tornado spared her home. 

"She was a farm girl. She's grown up here. She was actually raised out here. She's a tough little farm girl. She went in the basement and hid,” said Lindly.

The Lindly’s are now left to pick up the pieces, but they already know that neighbors are ready to pitch in to clean up what was left behind. 

"We've lived here mostly our whole lives. So yeah, there's a lifetime of things in those buildings. I've been fortunate. A lot of my friends already called me, they're coming [Sunday] to help,” said Lindly.