Tree branch crashes through family’s roof during storm

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COLUMBIA STATION, Ohio —  Tuesday night’s storm swept through Northeast Ohio leaving behind lots of damage.

That includes in Columbia Station, where residents were cleaning up the mess.

“There are trees everywhere,” said the owner of one damaged home, Julius Mirecki. “I’ve lost dozens of trees. I have about five acres here, and I sustained a lot of damage.”

The heavy rain and high winds of Tuesday night’s storm did quite the number on his home. He said he knew it was going to be bad when he went outside to move his car.

“Last night I was trying to repark my car, because I heard the wind coming, and while I was in my car, I saw the sky turn totally black,” he said. “Then everything went white, and a lot of hail and rain. So instead of parking the car, I just got out of it and ran into my garage.”

He said he then heard a scream. His wife said  a tree had come right through the roof.

When he got inside, he saw a branch had pierced through the ceiling and another shattered the sky light.

Julius’ daughter, Amy, was there.

“The first few booms I heard, I was in the kitchen, so then I wanted to see what was going on,” she said. “I saw the trees outside already, and as soon as I walked through, the big tree came onto the roof, and it went through the ceiling, and then the skylight shattered all over me.”

Luckily, Amy wasn’t seriously hurt and just has a few cuts from the glass.

Julius said he didn’t realize how bad the damage was until Wednesday morning

“I was in shock last night, so I didn’t really pay too much attention, but this morning when I got out, I couldn’t believe the destruction,” he said. “I’ve lived here 20 years, and this is the worst I’ve seen.”

Julius said he’s waiting for an insurance adjuster to assess the damage. Once that happens, he can start with the clean-up.



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