Downed trees cause damage in Columbiana County

East Liverpool storm damage

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Two tornado warnings were issued Tuesday in Columbiana County.  No touchdowns were reported but severe storms caused damage in Liverpool Township and East Liverpool.

A number of trees were snapped and uprooted by the high winds. The southbound lanes of Route 11 near the Calcutta exit were closed because of trees on the road. One tree landed on a truck, injuring a woman. She was taken to the hospital.

A homeowner on Forsyth Place said they have a lot of cleaning up to do.

“It was extremely loud,” said Mitchell McCullough. “Very large chucks of hail falling down and when trees started falling down it sounded like a train was coming through.”

“I was standing in the garage and the tree over to my right snapped off and it started spinning and then the wind threw it,” said resident Russell Grace. “That’s when I went upstairs to get my daughter from her bedroom because I thought the trees were going to fall onto the house.”

Several hundred people were without power Tuesday due to the downed lines.

Thompson Park in East Liverpool also suffered heavy damage from downed trees. The Park Director, J.C. Blackhurst, said he had to stop several motorists from trying to drive under the trees.

“I don’t understand why people would even want to risk that,” Blackhurst said. “If that tree falls, you know, you are looking at possibly your life and with electric lines you really need to watch out for what’s around.”

The National Weather Service planned to send crews out Wednesday to survey some of the damage.

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