Close calls in Euclid neighborhood damaged by strong storm

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EUCLID, Ohio--  The powerful storm that plowed through Northeast Ohio on Wednesday night, caused significant damage in a neighborhood in the hills south of Euclid Avenue in Euclid.

The hardest hit area was Hillcrest Drive, where the storm left behind downed trees, limbs and power lines.

Euclid resident Victoria Hudson told FOX 8, "It was rumbling, you know shaking of the house. We heard trees falling, cracking; it was just ugly." A tree fell on Hudson's house, causing relatively minor, but some of her neighbors were not so fortunate. Hudson is convinced the damage was caused by something stronger than straight line winds. Hudson said, "No, it was a tornado… because a big funnel of water just came out of nowhere.”

Despite the damage, residents said they're grateful that no one was hurt. There were a number of close calls, including a large tree that destroyed two garages, and if it had fallen just a couple of feet in a different direction, it would have caused significant damage to two occupied homes.

As crews clean up the downed trees and limbs and FirstEnergy attempts to restore power, residents are assessing the damage and working with their insurance companies to make repairs.

Euclid resident Mike Braidich told FOX 8, "And when I got to the end of the street here, I just couldn't believe whatIi saw, it was just devastation." Braidich was relieved that his father made it through the storm, but the home Braidich grew up in was damaged by a falling tree that stood in their front yard for decades. He told FOX 8, "My dad called me, said that something came through here for a minute or two minutes and had no idea what it was, but everything was trashed and there was tree limbs down; there's no power."

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