Storms pass through Trumbull County, damage Cortland house

"It was a little scary, I think my heart stopped for a minute"

People are still cleaning up the damage from storms that rolled through Sunday afternoon into the evening.

CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – People are still cleaning up the damage from storms that rolled through Sunday afternoon into the evening.

Trees fell down across Trumbull County, one on Elm Road in Bazetta Township split open and one south of Johnston brought down wires and shut down Route 193. The storm knocked out power for thousands of people throughout the county.

In Cortland, Wendy Westfall was glad she had a couple trees removed from her property last week, because Sunday high winds knocked over a tree in her front yard, sending it onto her house while she watched.

“It started raining really hard and it was coming sideways. So at that point I ran in the house,” Westfall said.

And it was right at that moment she heard a huge noise, so loud that her neighbor Donnie Fellows could hear from four doors down.

“I could hear branches breaking, and then I heard something collapse,” Fellows said.

The winds chopped down the tree in her front yard, sent it tumbling onto her house, right into the bedroom where her grandson sleeps at night.

“It was a little scary, I think my heart stopped for a minute,” she said.

Westfall said no one else was home at the time.

“I turned back around and it came down right where I had just been standing, so that was a little bit of luck right there,” she said.

A tarp was put over the hole to keep the rain out, but there’s still work to do.

“Hurry up, get that tree off my house, because you go upstairs and you can still hear creaking, you can hear the walls giving,” Westfall said, laughing.

She can laugh now because she knows she had lucky timing.

“Lucky that the rain drove me in the house or I might be under that tree,” she said.

 

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