BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Severe weather struck the Valley Sunday afternoon, causing extensive storm damage in Boardman Township.
“The storm came through and it just started with some rain,” said Kimberly Melvin of Boardman. “There were no sirens or anything.”
The storm only lasted for minutes and the total line of damage was less than a half-mile, but the storm packed quite a punch for people who saw it.
Dozens of fallen trees and large branches crashed into people’s homes and vehicles. Many people thought a tornado hit the area, but it was instead a microburst — a storm that brings sudden and strong wind and rain.
The wind reached up to 50 miles per hour and uprooted a lot in its path.
Some businesses along U.S. 224 and Southern Boulevard had to close early due to power outages.
Jasmine Vaught was working at Boost Mobile and said she was terrified.
“I didn’t know whether it was a tornado or not. I didn’t know if I should go back away from the windows. It felt like a tornado,” she said.
Vaught said the wind was whipping around so much, she couldn’t see anything but the rain.
Hanna Sayej, who was working in the same plaza, recounted a similar scene.
“Hail, you couldn’t see in front of you. Big noises just hitting the window up front,” she said.
Ambiance joined the rest of the stores in having water coming down from the roof and flowing in under the front door.
The building housing all these businesses is run by Ash Kochhar. He was having dinner in Hermitage when he got the call about the damage.
“All the stuff from right across the mall, Firestone, all the insulation was in my parking lot. So it was so bad, all the signs are broken,” he said.
Firestone has a leaky roof but was open for business on Monday.
Home Depot had trailers overturned and damaged, totaling $25,000.
Storm damage in the Valley