Wicked weather aftermath: Residents spend day cleaning up from fierce storms

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MEDINA COUNTY, Ohio -- Home video captured one of at least two twisters that blew through parts of Medina County on Tuesday.

Joshua Schmidt was working at Mapleside Farms on Pearl Road in Brunswick on Tuesday when the storm warnings came across his phone.

"Actually I got the warning on my phone like everybody did in the room so I came through the restaurant, made sure everybody was in a secure place," said Schmidt.

"A pretty rough system came through and then it's almost like it started to clear up so I came upstairs like I usually would to see the view out here and I noticed what I thought to see some funnel clouds," said Schmidt.

Home video clearly shows a funnel cloud off in the distance to the West of the damage from a second twister on a path that parallels Grafton Road in Brunswick.

Private contractors on Wednesday continued to remove trees and limbs along the path of the tornado that swept through Brunswick on Tuesday.

Most of the debris had been cleared up by late Wednesday as homeowners who suffered roof damage worked with their insurance companies to begin repairs.

Among the contractors working to clear fallen trees on Janette Drive was Ron Veltre, who lives nearby and had no idea the storm was so fierce so close to his home.

"I live probably a quarter mile from here and was outside on my back porch watching the whole storm and all we saw was rain, no heavy wind or nothing over there," said Veltre.

For insurance agents, the summer has been a busy one, particularly in Brunswick.
Dave Phillips was in Brunswick working on a fire claim when the tornado hit.

His company represents three homeowners on Janette Drive alone who suffered damage from Tuesday's twister.

"Summer has been very hectic starting on May 12th with the floods that happened. It's been busy for about six, eight weeks, then the first tornado that came through, we didn't get a lot of claims off of that but this one we are getting quite a bit," said Phillips.

Brunswick Fire Chief Jim Baird was also out surveying the damage on Wednesday in the midst of what has been an unusually busy summer for his department.

"This on the heels of the June 23rd tornado that struck further south of the city which caused significantly more damage but again we had no reported injuries or deaths from that as well; so while we have been hit by two tornadoes, we consider ourselves pretty fortunate at this point," said Baird.

"Before the tornadoes we had the 100-year flood on may 12th that flooded a significant part of the city; so weather-wise we have been a little bit under the gun and we could use some warm dry weather," added Baird.

Debris blocked driveways and littered yards along Erhart Northern Road, which divides Lorain and Medina counties.

Pine View Farm, a Christmas tree farm owned by Ken and Marilyn Kessler, had several pine trees knocked over and other trees twisted  apart at their midsections.

Marilyn said she heard the storm coming as she ran to her basement.

"By the time I got to the bottom step I could hear the tulip tree in the back of the house hitting the house, thinking I hope the roof is there, which it was thankfully," she said.

The tornado ripped some shingles from the roof and destroyed porch furniture, but left the house largely in tact. Trees sustained most of the damage.

"They are like match sticks, just sticking up. They're just shredded. It's unbelievable, the force of nature," Marilyn said.

A fallen tree smashed a swing in the yard of Jeanne Dahlhausen, of Grafton Township, and knocked over a propane tank.

"We were fortunate it wasn't on because we were told if it was, the liquid propane would have gone through the line and would have exploded," she said. "We're thankful."

No serious injuries were reported as a result of the tornado.

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