Tornado in Bellevue: Cleanup Continues

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BELLEVUE, Ohio-- The National Weather Service confirms that an EF-0 tornado ripped through the city of Bellevue Wednesday afternoon, with winds of 75 miles an hour.

The clean-up is under way in the entire town.

"Me and my daughter was sitting here eating supper," said Brandon Hindle.

Hindle lives in a downtown apartment, which had the roof torn off in the storm.

"The loudest noise I ever heard, crunching, cracking, everything and bricks falling through the ceiling, start seeing sunlight, so I grab my daughter; we go run out the back door. As soon as we opened that door, that roof fell right in front of us like a tidal wave," he said.

But Hindle considers himself lucky; his neighbor across the hall has no roof left at all.

"I lost seven plate glass windows as far as the business, it's hard to say, I don't know what's gonna happen. I can honestly say we lost the roof, smashed a motorcyle out back with the roof," said WiIbur Wade, owner of Wade Auction.

Wade is one of several downtown business owners who are cleaning up glass and boarding up windows.

The storm also knocked a tree into the administration building of the Bellevue school board.

It also snapped 14 power poles all at once in another part of town and snapped lines all over.

"The power poles came down. I mean, it's a mess all over town; some streets are worse than others," said resident James Lesher, Jr.

City leaders said hundreds of trees are down around the city, including three that fell onto and into William Bowersock's home.

"The roof, the master bedroom walls, the ceiling, downstairs living room walls are cracked," said Bowersock.

"It's the worst storm I've seen in awhile," said Lesher.

City Safety Service Director Jeff Crosay said at the height of the storm 6,000 customers lost power.  Fifteen extra Ohio Edison crews have been brought in to help restore the power and everyone is expected to have the lights back on by Friday night or early Saturday morning.

Crosay also warned residents that down wires that were once dead could be live as service is restored.

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.

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