Strong winds on Halloween cause damage throughout Geauga County

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CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Powerful winds pulled a tree down on a police cruiser in Chester Township. It happened around 7:30 p.m. on Halloween as an officer was headed west on Wilson Mills Rd. Chief Mark Purchase said a tree dropped in front of the cruiser and a branch plunged into the windshield. The officer was not hurt and went right back on patrol. The strong winds also impacted other parts of the county. In Russell Township, Melissa Ullmo stood in her living room in tears looking at the damage to her roof when a large tree fell bringing debris flying into her home and a hole in the roof. “They all came crashing down and my son and my mom and I were watching TV,” said Ullmo. “My son was on my lap thank god and all this wood came down on us and we ran into the kitchen.” Ullmo said she recently returned home from trick-or-treating with her son and could hear the wind howling but did not imagine a tree would burst through her roof. “Because of my son it was really scary,” said Ullmo with tears welling her eyes. “He cried so hard and he was literally shaking.” Ullmo said she is grateful her family was not hurt.

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