Cleanup Efforts Begin After Strong Storms Damaged Homes & Cars In North Columbus

UPDATED: Tuesday June 24, 2014 12:17 PM

Strong storms moved through central Ohio Monday night, causing damage in several parts of Columbus.

Most of the damage was located in north Columbus, between Morse Road and Oakland Park Avenue, east of I-71.
High winds pushed trees onto homes on both Walmar Drive and Gerbert Road.

Three children were inside a north Columbus home overnight as the storm ripped through the area.  Their aunt heard hail and told them she'd peak outside.  That's when this branch crashed down and  threw her several feet back.

Candy Anderson said the tree branch bombarded her front door. It also left behind broken glass from a car and tore off parts of the roof and siding.

Their damaged was echoed on several streets off of Oakland Park Avenue.

Residents on Dresden Street worked together to clean up after power lines actually sparked a fire in a backyard.

Throughout the northeast neighborhood, folks like Missy Aleshire are pulling together to try to look at the bright side. “I'm just glad that there’s three young children in there and I'm just glad no one was hurt. They could have all been (lying) on the couch. It's not unusual; so very scary.”

Meanwhile, Joe Miller was inside his Walmar Drive home when a tree fell onto it. Miller says, "I felt the foundation shake.  Only thing I'm praising is that nobody got hurt.  I mean we can replace houses and cars, but nobody got hurt."

Farther south near Oakland Park Avenue, a number of homes were without power. At one point, AEP reported more than 8,000 outages across Franklin County Tuesday morning, however that number was around 2,600 as of noon.

There were a number of trees and limbs blocking the roadways on Norwood Street. Strong winds also knocked trees onto cars in that area. 

Crews have spent the morning cleaning up the debris in that neighborhood and will continue their efforts into the afternoon.

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