PIKE CO., OH (WCMH) — The National Weather Service says it has determined a tornado touched down in Pike County on Wednesday.
NBC4 has been there every day since the storm hit with the latest.
Pee Pee Creek is completely blocked by a large number of trees blown down during Wednesday morning’s storm. The National Weather Service assessed the damage and said tornadic winds of up to 90 mph (EF1) caused the damage.
Logan and Kathryn Pendleton’s home was in the bullseye of that storm. Although they wanted to know if it was a tornado, of more concern to them is for their insurance company to assess the damage.
“I wanted the insurance company to let me buy three storage buildings, where I can get all that stuff out of them, but they haven’t even come around yet,” said Logan Pendleton, 83.
This has been their home for the last 56 years, a home that now is missing a large section of their kitchen wall. But their home is in better shape than their 5 flattened out-buildings.
“I felt a chill and said, ‘the back door must have blown open’ and when I walked out there into the kitchen, one half of the end of the wall was out,” said Kathryn Pendleton, 77. She said when her husband opened the back door, they were shocked by the damage to their property and trees.
Logan said he is not a weather expert, but he should have suspected that was the cause.
“I don’t know anything about a tornado, but that is what it looks like to me,” Logan said.
He suspicions were proven correct after the National Weather Service walked around their property assessing the damage around 1pm Friday.
“This is a considerable amount of damage in comparison to what we have seen in other areas. It is indicative of winds of 80 mph, that is what we can say for sure right now,” said NWS Sciences Operations Officer Seth Binau.
In the end the Pendletons said the storm being called a tornado just puts a period on their story. Of bigger concern for them now is for their insurance company to quickly assess the damages so Pendleton and his two sons can start the cleanup.
At least 5 total tornadoes were confirmed earlier this week in the southern Ohio area, including three in Highland County.