Severe weather hits Valley

Submerged fire hydrant
Submerged fire hydrant

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Mother Nature dealt the area a variety of severe weather on Wednesday, including high wind, heavy rain, lightning and even a tornado in Lawrence County.

A video provided by Ken Huston shows the developing tornado in Lawrence County.

Ryan Werner’s barn on state Route 160 in North Beaver Township was hit by it. The original half of the former dairy barn was built in the late 1800s and he uses it now to store hay.

Werner said the barn can be replaced and he’s just happy no one was hurt.

“I watched it from up the hill here. You could see it. It was on the ground. It was moving,” Werner said. “You could see the funnel cloud touch down and by the time  I get less than a quarter of a mile  up the road up here, I could see it was on the ground  and I turned around and went back south, and it was a matter of five  minutes, and I come back through here and everything was gone.”

Cleaning up is what the folks at the Warren Family Mission’s Hannah’s House in Vienna were doing Wednesday evening after a tree fell on the road.

Also in Vienna, roads looked more like streams.  On state Route 193  leading  up to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, a fire hydrant was barely visible.

Flooded roads were common in Warren, Niles and Champion, as well as in Mahoning County. On Middletown Road, east of state Route 45, several pooches didn’t seem to mind the flooded road. Some roads were closed for a bit because of flooding, but re-opened once the water subsided.

And in Columbiana County, residents of East Liverpool were hit by a one-two punch after streets were flooded early in the day from overnight rains and then submerged again by the afternoon storms.

“We moved here in 1968, and I have never, ever seen it like this,” said Ruth Woodyard of East Liverpool.

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