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Ashtabula County damage was caused by macroburst, straight-line winds

Posted at 1:00 PM, Nov 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 17:47:38-05

125 mph winds ripped through Ashtabula County Sunday night, destroying peoples' homes and leaving behind some serious damage. 

The storm damage caused by a macroburst and straight-line winds, according to preliminary data from the National Weather Service.

Watch video of the area from Airtracker5 in the media player above.

A macroburst is a "convective downdraft with an affect outflow area of at least 2.5 miles wide and peak winds lasting between 5 and 20 minutes."

Intense macrobursts can cause tornado-force damage of up to EF3 intensity. 

LJ Hauser lives in Ashtabula County. He said he had to bust out one of his basement windows to escape his house after the storm passed. 

But he's just happy that his family is OK.

"I always complain I have bad luck," he said. "I will never, ever say I have bad luck again."

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Hauser said the second he realized what was coming, he rushed his wife and little girl to the basement.

"Real loud boom, everything just started disappearing, I jumped on top of my wife and daughter here," he said.

He says, his house is probably a total loss. But luckily, they can stay with family while they figure it out.

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