Storm Damage in Newark

by Brittany Harris on February 28, 2011 at 5:56 am

Newark residents are dealing with the aftermath of straight line winds that left thousands without electricity.

"All of the sudden it started raining and the windows actually looked black and then I heard this whooshing sound and there was no time for me to get on my feet to even attempt to get to the basement it happened so fast," said Resident Donna Stasel.

Monday morning’s severe thunderstorms are keeping emergency crews busy as they begin cleaning up the widespread damage discovered around southeast Ohio. Uprooted trees and downed power lines are just a few of the issues residents on Myrtle Avenue are dealing with.

"Pretty surprised, really just amazed at how quickly it started and how quickly it stopped," said Charles Sony.

According to AEP, gusting winds at over 60 mph are responsible for downed power lines that left nearly 42,000 Ohio customers without electricity.

"Initially when I got up, I didn’t see all of the damage all I saw was this tree here and as it got daylight, then I realized how bad it was out here," said Larry Brunner.

Myrtle Avenue resident Matt Marks said he and his wife were sound asleep when he heard what sounded like an explosion.

"I run out in the hallway and see my roof getting ripped off and it’s pouring down rain in my living room and everything is getting ruined but I’m just lucky to be alive," said Marks.

No injuries have been reported. The residents we spoke to said they plan to consult with their insurance agencies and continue cleaning up the damage left behind.