COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The storms that came through central Ohio Wednesday morning left major damage on the east side of Columbus. The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-1 tornado is responsible.
According to the National Weather Service, the tornado was an EF-1 storm with maximum wind speeds of 90mph.
Brad Miller’s day began with a bang about 6am when he, his wife and two children woke up to what sounded like “a train coming through the house.”
At first, Miller said, he thought the noise was a tree falling on his house on Hampton Road. When he and his family tried to get out through the front door, a tree branch blocked them in. When they finally got outside, what they saw was shocking.
“It was just chaos. Absolute chaos,” Miller said.
Tree branches fell in their driveway. One of their cars ended up buried beneath them. Perhaps the strangest sight was the box trailer which had been sitting in the driveway. Somehow, Miller said, it escaped the hitch that secured it to the ground.
“And how it ended up like that,” he said, gesturing to where it rested against a neighbor’s house, “I have absolutely no clue, but it’s looking like it’s actually sitting on top of the car.”
Across Hampton Road, his neighbor, Casey Wolfe, looked at the damage to the house she and her boyfriend rent.
“I mean, it would have been us under all that,” Wolfe said.
A tree that snapped in her backyard crushed the kitchen of her house, where Wolfe said she, her boyfriend and her two kids had been about 20 minutes before the storm hit.
“It’s very scary, but we’re very fortunate that we’re alive and we have amazing family,” Wolfe said.
The family renting here told me if this had happened even a few minutes earlier, they could have been hurt. The parts of the tree that fell crushed the kitchen. Fortunately, no one was in that room at the time. @nbc4i pic.twitter.com/UL0qjDTgob— Olivia Fecteau (@oliviafecteau) September 26, 2018
A few streets away, Beverly Lykins and her neighbors had similar damage, from fallen trees that crushed porches to power outages.
“I just heard the top of the house start vibrating, shaking,” Lykins said. “Scared me to death.”
Still, Lykins said she was thankful no one was hurt.
“Thank God we’re all OK, and thank God, nothing major, everything can be fixed,” Lykins said.
The Red Cross had a team on Hampton Road, working with neighbors as they dealt with the aftermath of this storm.
More damage a few blocks away: this box trailer somehow managed to escape its hitch and end up against the side of a neighboring house. You can’t see it, but a car is underneath these fallen tree branches. @nbc4i pic.twitter.com/HCkSwbIMsT— Olivia Fecteau (@oliviafecteau) September 26, 2018