Strong Winds Cause Widespread Damage Across Parts Of Central Ohio
The National Weather Service says straight-line winds of 80 mph are to blame for widespread damage that included a mobile home flipped upside down on Mock Rd.
A 76-year-old woman was inside when the mobile home was blown over by the winds.
"I'm in shock because she's going to lose probably most everything,” said Brian Mowry, the woman’s son-in-law.
Mowry says he was listening to his scanner during Tuesday night's severe weather when he heard firefighters dispatched to his mother-in-law's mobile home.
"I came here with my wife and when we got here, they were already getting her out. She was back in (a) back bedroom,” Mowry said. "Up front is the kitchen and living room and it got smashed. So luckily she was back (there)."
The woman was taken to Grant Medical Center with unspecified injuries. Family members told 10TV they were hopeful she would make a quick recovery.
The flipped mobile home wasn't the only damage in the county.
The strong winds snapped and uprooted trees in addition to causing damage to businesses at the Bellville exit off I-71.
"From what I saw today, we're very lucky,” said Richland County EMA Director Mike Bailey.
Street signs were left twisted as crews worked to repair damage to the Days Inn and the nearby Duke and Duchess Shoppe.
The 80 mph winds tore apart the gas station's canopy and blew over a gas pump.
"If the safety valves hadn't engaged on the gas pump, you could have had another additional crisis,” Bailey said.
County officials say Belleville residents should count their blessings after how much worse things could have been Wednesday night.
"I think this area is blessed that there weren't some casualties,” Bailey said. "I'd say the man up above was watching over us last night."