HIGHLAND CO., OH (WCMH) — The area along state route 771 had visible damage along the roadways and damage to houses early Wednesday morning.
A barn was destroyed down one of the streets leaving shrapnel, nails and metal laying around.
Homeowner Dan Yoder has lived in the area the past three years and told NBC4 he and his wife were sleeping in the basement as they have a tendency to, and also because they heard storms would be rolling in throughout the morning. He describes his window as being “sucked out” from the house, the camper destroyed in his backyard and the front pillars along with the front porch of his home ruined.
However, he’s happy no one was hurt. He said his children heard sirens and what they’re calling a loud roar right before they heard objects hitting the house.
Neighbors have been stopping at other neighbors’ houses, knocking on doors to make sure everyone is safe. The houses are about half a mile apart from each other so the people here are going out of their way to check in on everyone.
“The lightning and thunder is unlike anything I’ve seen in person before,” Yoder said. “Huge lightning bolts that brighten the entire sky. Sticks and debris out in the roadways. Neighbors’ yards are flooded along the road.”
PHOTOS: Central Ohio severe weather; March 1, 2017
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A township trustee said a home was destroyed on Cope Road.
Lauren Owens and Bobby Shelton say they woke up to the wind and rain overnight. They even heard a loud roar. But they didn’t think too much of it and went back to sleep inside their Bridges Road home in northern Highland County.
Only when their alarms went off in the morning and they got out of bed did they discover that the roof had been ripped off their barn. They found their two dogs, Bruno and Tilly, trapped in the garage because their dog door was blocked by debris from the barn.
Remarkably, the house was not damaged.
“We’re thankful,” Shelton said. “Another 25 yards closer to the house and we would have been in the house trapped probably, versus the dogs being trapped in the garage.”
The storm cut a path of damage across the northern part of Highland County. Dozens of trees were snapped or ripped from the ground a few buildings were flattened and at least one home was damaged.
Michael Daye says he and other family members were able to take shelter while the wind took part of their roof off. “We got an alert on our smartphones saying there was a tornado warning in the area.”
“Immediately I could hear trees snapping through the woods,” Daye said moments later he heard the roaring wind. “I know it sounds like a cliche but it sounded just like a train coming through and everything. Windows started breaking, blowing, everything started moving through the house.”
Despite all the damage, there were no reported injuries.
The victims now start the long process of cleaning up and rebuilding. But Lauren Owens says – they’ll work through it. “It could have been a lot worse,” Owens said. “My family’s ok and this is just stuff. Just things. It can all be replaced.”
Heavy downpours and high winds ripped through parts of Pike County, as well, causing severe damage to homes.
Tornado-like winds tore through Northwest Waverly, leaving a substantial about of damage to dozens of homes.
“It felt like the whole world was caving in,” said Gwen Werner.
Werner says she’s lucky to be alive after tornadolike winds ripped through her front yard.
“I heard this noise and it sound like a train and I was like what is that noise and the lights went out,” said Werner.
A little after 8am Wednesday, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office received calls about a suspected tornado touching down in the northwest part of town.
“The path it took was pretty devastating,” said Sheriff Charles Reader. “This is the severe damage I’ve seen from a storm.”
The storm knocked down everything and anything in its path, flattening barns, knocking down trees and utility poles.
“I was freaking out a little bit because I never experienced a tornado, never thought it would do that,” said Ashley Hall, who had half of her home’s roof ripped off by the storm. “I was at work. And [my boyfriend] called me and told me half the roof was missing and the house was shaking and that the tornado touched down.”
High water has been reported on the following Athens County roads;
Co Rd 1-Kimberly/Carbondale Rd
CR 10 – Baker Road
Co Rd 17-Fisher Rd
CR 18 – Potter Road
Co Rd 31-Oakdale Rd
Co Rd 33B-Diamond Brick Road (at the landfill)
CR 34 – Dutch Creek Road
Co Rd 38-Sand Rock Rd
Co Rd 68-Johnson Run Rd
Co Rd 15-Wood Rd
Co Rd 109-Beebe Rd
Co Rd 94A-Miners Run Rd
Co Rd 94-Kuhns Rd
Co Rd 20-Strouds Run Rd
Co Rd 27-Jacksonville Rd
Co Rd 81-Fox Lake Rd
Co Rd 32-Congress Run Rd
Co Rd 58-Frost Rd
Co Rd 100-Rhoric Rd
Co Rd 93-Truetown Rd
Co Rd 2-Connett Rd
Co Rd 24-Harmony Rd
Co Rd 49-Joy Rd
Co Rd 4-Glen Ebon
Co Rd 19-Hebbardsville Rd
Athens TWP Rd 242 – Luhrig Rd
Athens TWP Rd 31 – Ervin Rd, at CO RD 19 Intersection
According to Ken Dille, Principal at Logan Hocking High School, Union Furnace Elementary suffered damages after flooding in the area.