From Youngstown to Hermitage, everyone is feeling the storm’s wrath

Just as we started cleaning up from Sunday's storm, another created a bigger mess throughout the area

Park Vista damaged by storm in Youngstown

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BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – As Boardman began cleaning up the mess left behind from a storm Sunday, another one ripped through the Valley, bringing down more trees and roofs.

Ohio Edison worked through the night Sunday to repair and restore the lines. The Tree Dudes had a busy morning removing fallen trees.

But Monday afternoon, Mother Nature had another idea in mind.

Another storm — this time going through Mercer and Lawrence counties, as well as Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana — hit the Valley.

“She just started sleeping in a big girl’s bed,” said Bob Pavlich, whose Liberty home was destroyed when a tree came crashing down on it. Much of it landed in his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter’s bedroom.

Despite the damage, he is thankful his wife and daughter are safe.

“The room that they were in is the only bedroom that didn’t get destroyed,” Pavlich said.

In Youngstown, a tree came down on top of a car on Midlothian Boulevard and Hillman Street. The driver made it out of the car and appeared to be okay.

A portion of the roof of the Park Vista retirement community on Fifth Avenue blew off around 2 p.m. Residents said they heard a tearing sound and a loud crash as part of the roof fell to the sidewalk below.

No one was injured. Only one person is expected to be displaced while the roof is repaired.

“Strong wind, horizontal rain. You can see over in Wick Park a couple trees down. Pretty strong and intense storm,” said Brian Kolenich, with the assisted living facility.

The building housing Six Brothers Auto Sales was heavily damaged, the wind ripping off most of the roof. With wood scattered about, around 40 cars were damaged.

Video: Branch slams onto Rhoda Ave. patio in Youngstown

A Hermitage apartment complex lost its carport due to the wind, while branches fell on porches in Salem and houses in Mineral Ridge.

Viewers reported trees down and flooding all across the Valley.

Holly Carpenter, with Kasmer Insurance, said if you do have storm damage, you should call your insurance company before having any work done. She said it’s also smart to look at your policy to determine your deductible.

“Take photos because sometimes the damages can change with the weather,” she said.

The winds also toppled a huge tree inside the Jackson Cemetery off Coitsville-Hubbard Road. The tree was so large, it even covered a portion of the road.

The caretaker there was one of two men trying to clean up the debris hanging over the road. He said he’ll be back to continue picking up the branches to hopefully get everything taken care of by Memorial Day.

Video: Tree limb topples onto Salem porch

At 10 p.m. Monday, over 6,400 First Energy customers were still without power in Mahoning County. Earlier, that number was nearly 15,000. Many of those outages were in Boardman — including at the Shops at Boardman Park — and Austintown.

About 4,200 people were without power in Trumbull County and 875 in Columbiana County as of 10 p.m. Monday, according to First Energy.

The company is estimating power to be restored as late as Wednesday evening in some communities. For updates, check First Energy’s website.


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