Union Twp. family emerges from basement to find house destroyed by tornado outbreak

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Union Twp family found safety in basement as tornado wreaked havoc on home

UNION TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WCMH) — Monday’s severe storms in the Dayton area left one family homeless, but grateful no one was hurt.

Micah Veitz, of Union Township, said the storms struck with little warning.

“We were watching the news and they said, ‘Take cover,’ so I got the kids out of bed and in the basement,” Veitz said Tuesday while standing near his home on Kessler Road.

After about 15 minutes, the winds started tearing through the neighborhood. 

“You could feel the pressure on your ears,” Veitz said.

Veitz said he could hear the roof being torn off his home. After 30 minutes or so sheltered in the basement, he went up to survey the damage.

“We got out of here because it was no longer safe to stay in the house,” he said. “Luckily, a neighbor down the road let us in (their home) until we got a way into town.”

The home’s roof, shed and garage “were everywhere,” Veitz said.

The important thing is that his family is safe, he added.

Just down Kessler Road from the Vietz family, Tom Hartley took refuge inside his camper. He says he feels blessed to be alive.

Hartley was living in his camper while he closed on a house. Now, that house has a tree through the roof. 

Tree removal foreman Patrick Miller says the area is a disaster zone. He asks residents to abide by the road closures so that crews can clear the roads and access downed power lines to repair them safely.

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