Strong Storms Roll Through Columbus, Several Roof Collapses Reported


UPDATED: Wednesday July 10, 2013 11:39 PM

Strong storms rolled through Ohio on Wednesday afternoon knocking down trees and damaging buildings.

As of 6 p.m., at least 10,000 homes in Franklin County were without power. In the middle of the storm, at least 80,000 homes in central Ohio were without power.

Authorities were dealing with numerous reports of trees down across roads. State route 315 was blocked in Delaware County in both directions at Home Road.

According to police, a roof on a building on the was side of Columbus collapsed. The damage was to a building on the 4300 block of Equity Drive. Other businesses in the area were also damaged.

Paul Devitt said he was wrapping up a phone call when he saw what he believes to be a funnel cloud near Roberts Road.

“All I saw was debris just swirling in the air. I ran back into my house and yelled to my kids get to the basement,” said Devitt.

When Devitt came outside, he said he saw tree branches and roof insulation scattered across his Hilliard neighborhood.

At least six industrial buildings were damaged along Westbelt Drive, according to Columbus police.

Eric Misselwitz was in the middle of an interview when the storm hit.

“Then I heard a big bang which I thought was some lightning and then the power went out then I walked outside,” said Misselwitz.

He discovered a massive hole in the middle ot the neighboring business United Stationers.

Several 10TV viewers reported seeing semis blown on their sides on several highways. Chopper 10 captured video of a construction trailer that was turned on its side on I-270.

10TV crews spotted low-hanging power lines which were blocking both directions of I-70 just east of S.R. 256.

Trees were down in several streets in German Village, and a number of cars were damaged.

In east Columbus, a large tree fell on top of an the Kimberly Court Apartments on Kimberly Drive.

A tree damaged several apartments at the Kimberly Court apartment complex off South Hamilton Road when it fell on a building Wednesday afternoon.

"I just heard a big boom," said apartment resident Michelle Cherry. "And my friend said 'did you see this?'"

It didn't take long for Cherry to see what her friend was talking about.

As soon as she stepped onto her patio, she could see the huge tree that had fallen onto her neighbor's apartment.
 
 She said her neighbor had minor injuries, and she and others persuaded him to go to the hospital.

"Nobody died," she said. "So that's a good thing."

The Ohio Stadium scoreboard was also damaged when a pillar on top of the scoreboard was blown to the ground.

In western Ohio, straight line winds reportedly blew over rail cars in Williams County.

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A tree damaged several apartments at the Kimberly Court apartment complex off South Hamilton Road when it fell on a building Wednesday afternoon.

"I just heard a big boom," said apartment resident Michelle Cherry. "And my friend said 'did you see this?'"

It didn't take long for Cherry to see what her friend was talking about.

As soon as she stepped onto her patio, she could see the huge tree that had fallen onto her neighbor's apartment.
 
 She said her neighbor had minor injuries, and she and others persuaded him to go to the hospital.

"Nobody died," she said. "So that's a good thing."

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