Tornado Tears Roof Off Victim’s Home

by Brittany Harris on September 18, 2010 at 6:57 am

Widespread damage is being discovered along state Route 93 where a tornado hit.

"I just freaked out, I’ve never been that scared before in my life I didn’t know what to do, you know, on one hand my wife and my son are in the house and I have no way to get a hold of them, I see it coming right towards my house," said Storm Victim Jeff Burgess.

Jeff Burgess and his 12-year-old son were driving home from football practice when they saw a tornado in the distance coming right towards their home off Route 93. Fearing for their safety, Burgess drove past the house and parked further up the road.

"When I finally seen my house, seen the top of it was gone, of course you know I panicked a little bit because my wife and my six year old son were there," said Burgess.

Having no basement, Burgess’ wife Misty and their six-year-old son took cover in the hallway until the tornado passed. He says he was relieved when he saw his wife and son at the neighbors home, unharmed.

"Thank god everyone’s okay, neighbors, you know that’s the main thing, everything else can be replaced obviously," he said.

After reports of a touchdown, 15 departments were dispatched to the scene to assist on the damage and rescue and to rescue any victims. Authorities say 19 structures were damaged with debris scattered along the roadway. Several people were trapped in their homes but were rescued immediately.

"Basically as soon as the power is shut off here, we’ll get the trees cut out, get the houses secured, finish the srurrounding area check it, get it all cleaned up and make sure no one else is injured," said Batallion Chief Daryl Newman of the Crooksville Fire Department.

Only minor injuries have been reported, but it’s still early in the recovery efforts. AEP has arrived on the scene and is working to restore power to the area.