PHILLIPSBURG, Ohio (WDTN) – The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down Monday in northern Montgomery County with speeds upwards of 100 miles an hour.
A Clay Township home is now without a roof, and several barns in the area were also damaged.
Steve Woolf lives about a mile west of Phillipsburg and saw a tornado blow off his neighbor’s roof.
“All of a sudden a big train sound came through here about a two-minute span. I looked out the window, and before I could get back to the basement, his roof was blowing at my house, right at me. I thought it was over. I’m not a fatalist, but I thought it was over. I yelled at my wife, ‘Goodbye,’ ’cause I just didn’t know,” Woolf said.
Once the skies calmed, Woolf said he then took off to help. He said he kicked in his neighbor’s door to see if anyone was inside and needed help.
Nobody was home.
Homeowner, Tim Campbell, his wife and son were all away. He was at work when he heard what happened.
“I knew no one was home. Except for the animals. They’re all safe. So we’re feeling pretty blessed considering what happened,” Campbell said.
“There were four dogs in the back yard. Those dogs made it through somehow miraculously without a scratch,” said Woolf.
The barn on his farm is damaged beyond repair Campbell told 2NEWS, but he doesn’t know the fate of his century old home he’s been renovating.
“I was in the middle of a bathroom remodel. So I kind of thought it was giving me time from the wife not bothering me about it. It’s heartbreaking but no one was hurt. That would have been a lot worse,” Campbell said.
The Campbell’s will be staying with family for the time being.