Tornado Confirmed At South Columbus Mobile Home Park


UPDATED: Friday November 1, 2013 5:29 PM

A mobile home park in south Columbus was badly damaged during a storm Thursday night.

The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF0 tornado hit the homes there.

The damage happened at Shenandoah Commons, just south of Obetz Road.

Witnesses said strong winds tore roofs off multiple homes and some mobile homes were blown off of their foundations.

Columbus Fire Department spokesman Doug Smith said 50 to 80 homes were damaged.

Smith said multiple people had minor injuries from shrapnel flying off of homes, but all of the victims were treated at the scene. He added there was a gas leak at the mobile home park, but it was quickly contained.

Resident Donna Gibson said her home was pelted with chunks of wood and siding.

"It was just unexpected. You had no time, no warning, no nothing," said Gibson. "You just thought it was raining and next thing you know, you have nothing but a mess."

The Red Cross said three homes were destroyed.

"Maybe it was just a downdraft, i don't know, but it was a big downdraft!" said Lisa Salvatore.

Salvatore says it lasted no more than a minute and a half, but it was a 90 seconds like no other.

"The house started shaking, your ears started popping, the glass blew in, and the first thing i thought of was go find the kids. We just tore off down the hallway and grabbed kids," she added.

Everyone was okay, but Lisa's home took a beating.

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