High winds damage industrial buildings near Rickenbacker

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Construction crews scoop up cinder blocks wrapped in metal debris now scattered, once stacked like legos to form what was the east side wall of Walker Magnetics manufacturing facility in South Columbus. 

Two buildings down, calmer winds are like the cavernous holes where the block side wall of the Kroger Pharmacy distribution facility once stood securely. They are reminders of Sunday night’s 55-mile-per-hour winds and the cinder blocks, weighing just under 30 pounds each, that were no match. 

Sandwiched between them in an industrial area just north of Rickenbacker International Airport is Hy Tek Material handling where Jamey Keys works. Surprisingly is still standing structurally sound without a scratch. 

“Possibly wind blowing through a dock door that pressurized the building? That’s one theory that one of our employees had,” Keys said. 

Keys was alerted something was wrong by the building’s security alarm notifying him a back door was open. 

He says a maintenance man texted him pictures of next door’s damage in the darkness but seeing it in person brought size and scope into focus. 

“It’s a little surreal, little crazy. Looking inside of that building from out here it’s a little nutty you know,” he said. 

A Kroger spokesperson tells NBC4 about 50 employees were working the night the storms hit and the wall toppled. 

Surprisingly, they say nobody was hurt. 

At Walker Magnetics, staff says nobody was at work during the storm so nobody was hurt. 

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