Cleveland congregation counting blessings after wicked winds damage church

CLEVELAND, Ohio-- Rev. Theresa Hatcher grew up spending her Sunday worshiping at St. Teresa Holiness Science Church on Cleveland’s east side.

On Tuesday, Rev. Hatcher and members of the congregation stood in front of their church to look at the damage the strong wind gusts caused to the aging building.

“I am thanking God that there was no one hurt,” said Rev. Hatcher. “Nobody got hurt. No cars got damaged, and I am grateful for that; it could have been far worse.”

And that’s exactly what many all over the city are thinking.

No injuries were reported but officials did get calls of several downed trees and branches, and Cleveland police even closed a portion of East 9th St. for a brief time after reports that a construction cable broke some windows at the PNC Bank Building downtown.

Also the high winds are being blamed for power outages all over the area, including many homes in Cleveland and Parma.

The Fox 8 weather team says wind gusts between midnight and 2 a.m. were around 30 and 40 miles per hour.

And even though it may take a few weeks to repair the damage at the church, members say they plan to worship on Sunday.

“If we have to put up a tent in the parking lot we will,” said Bob Hatcher.

**More on the power outages, here**