YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The first severe storm of the season hit the Valley Wednesday, leaving a lot to clean up for residents of Youngstown’s West Side.
“I could not believe what was happening, backyard full of leaves, branches everything,” said resident Gene Hrycak.
The wind was so fierce Wednesday that leaves stuck to the sides of houses. Something Hrycak says he has never seen before.
“I’ve been here for 24 years, and this is the first time this has happened,” said Hrycak. “I have an antenna in the backyard for amateur radio that is supposed to withstand 75 mile per hour winds and it snapped right in half.”
Branches, leaves and debris were left in the wake of the storms are filling up garbage bags and being turned into mulch. Trees were lying in yards, a swing set turned upside down, and a trampoline pushed up against a fence in pieces are reminders of nature’s power.
“Count our blessings because like I told my daughter, these are all material things that can be fixed. You are healthy, my father is healthy, we are all healthy,” said resident Bob Hennessy. “Some with Mayor McNally’s family and that is the most important thing.”
A tree about four feet wide came down in the front yard of Mayor McNally’s house on the West Side. Cutting and removing a tree that big is going to take some time. That is where tree services, such as John’s tree and Stump Removal, come to the rescue.
Owner John Tancer hits the ground running after a storm. Before Wednesday, Tancer said business was slow because of the cold weather and rain. Mother Nature has changed all that.
Scattered rain and storms remain in the forecast through the weekend.