Neighbors remember Celina man killed during tornado outbreak

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CELINA, Ohio (WDTN) – The neighbors of a Celina man who was killed when the tornado outbreak hit on Memorial Day are remembering him as a great man.

Debris is so extensive along Fairground Road in Celina, they’re using farm equipment to push it to the road.

The National Weather Service says it is where an EF-3 tornado with winds of 150 miles per hour slammed down, killing 81-year-old Dale Hanna.

Wendy Knapke has been living next door since 2007 and remembers Hanna as a kind man.

Knapke’s house was also leveled, saying they barely made it to a safe spot Monday night. Now, they face the long road to recovery.

“He mowed our yard, he would help with snow removal if he saw me out here shoveling he would bring a snowblower, would help me all the time. He lost his wife Dottie five years ago, doted on her all the time, and they’re together now,” she said. “Hopefully, we’ll never go through anything like this ever again, not really sure what our next steps are, day at a time, just thankful to be alive.”

She says the community has been going above and beyond to help but she says this will not be a quick fix.

“Don’t think that people don’t need your help anymore, that it’s been a week, you know if you see there’s still rubble and you see people out there sorting, offer your time,” says Wendy.

The Mercer County EMA Director says by the end of the day Wednesday, they are hoping power will be restored to at least 75 percent of houses that are able to receive power.

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