Storm cleanup begins in Canfield

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – The National Weather Service confirmed an E-F-1 tornado touched down Tuesday afternoon in Canfield.

The cleanup continued all day on Wednesday and there is still a lot of work left to do, especially in the areas of Herbert Road and Blueberry Hill Drive. But a mile in either direction, there is hardly any sign of a severe storm.

“There is just chainsaws humming and last night, there were generators humming,” said Blueberry Hill resident Bill Tomory.

Carson Smolko spent his 9th birthday helping his grandpa on Herbert Road. He was home Tuesday when the tornado touched down.

“I remember hearing thunder, and I remember hearing a big white sheet of big wind and rain,” Carson said.

The thunder on Tuesday was replaced by the sound of logs being loaded onto trucks on Wednesday, as well the sound of branches being chipped.

“Best new so far is that we got our electric back on, a/c is running, cable is hooked back up, kids are happy,” Tomory said.

Tomory met with insurance adjusters, electricians and now a tree service. He knows it will be days, if not longer, until things return to normal.

“Compared to the one that went through here years ago in Hubbard, this was nothing. I’ve got some trees down, but the house is not damaged too much. Within a couple of weeks, you won’t even know it happened,” Tomory said.

Jake Oliver of Baird’s Tree Service said Wednesday would be a 13-hour or 14-hour work day for his crew and he expects those long work days through Friday.

“We are trying to get everything dangerous on the ground and then me and my cousin Zach are going to come back tomorrow and chip up everything that is left,” Oliver said.

The Ohio Department of Insurance has resources available for homeowners who sustained damage in Tuesday’s storms.

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