PERRY TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Fallen trees and widespread power outages are what residents in Perry Township in Stark County are waking up to after Thursday night's storm.
5277 14th Southwest in Perry Township. Photo: Mike Vielhaber
High winds uprooted a huge tree, falling right on top of a roof. Luckily, no one was hurt.
Brian Pastula and his family live on one side of the duplex. He was at work when his wife called him frantically and said she was trapped inside with their children.
“I was scared. I was more worried about them being okay, because both the tree branches were blocking both of our doors — front and back," he said.
Their ceiling is bowed, but he said the inside of their home is relatively okay.
His wife's car managed to get out with only a scratch, despite being parked right underneath the huge tree that fell.
“My wife’s car has got to be the luckiest car in Northeast Ohio. We had the top of the tree fall down last week and missed it by about four inches. Our one in the backyard here missed it by an inch," Pastula said.
Residents on 14th SW Street in Perry Township begin to clean up. Photo by Mike Vielhaber
Throughout the county, nearly 600 people are left in the dark without power. AEP says in a tweet that crews are working quickly to restore power and make necessary repairs.
Fallen wires were visible Friday morning on many residential streets.
Amie, a resident in Perry Township, said her phone helped let her know she was in danger. She immediately turned on the TV before heading to the basement.
Amie sums it all up perfectly. Her phone helped her know she was in danger and then she immediately turned on the tv before heading to the basement. Local tv has a duty to alert their viewers and we always will break in during a tornado warning. 3/3 pic.twitter.com/LgRxdywTzQ— Mike Vielhaber (@MVielhaber) March 15, 2019