BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – Severe weather struck the Valley Sunday afternoon, causing extensive storm damage throughout much of Boardman.
“The storm came through and it just started with some rain,” said Kimberly Melvin of Boardman. “There were no sirens or anything.”
The storm was nearly five miles long, but only lasted for about an hour.
Boardman was hit especially hard, as dozens of fallen trees and large branches crashed into peoples 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.
“All of a sudden, this tree — you could just hear it snap and it’s falling towards us,” Madison Lester of Boardman said. “We all basically yelled and ran. We didn’t know what to do.”
“All of our kids stuff is ruined,” another resident said. “Their toy box, their swing set, their trampoline, our shed.”
Many in the area are without power after trees took out power lines. According to First Energy, more than 600 people are currently affected in the Mahoning County.
“Thank God our house is OK and our cars are OK,” Matthew Melvin of Boardman said.