Sabrina Mefford and Michael Mounts | 526 Windy Ridge Rd.
“I grabbed my dog and I went to my grandma’s basement just in time,” Mefford said. The tornado destroyed her garage and knocked two trees into the back bedroom window and into the kitchen. “I saw the trees start falling, but I didn’t want to look anymore,” she said.
Family, friends and firefighters from Westside Volunteer Fire Department cut down tree limbs and began sorting through what was left in the garage Friday. Mefford rents the home from her grandparents, who live behind her. “I’m just upset because it’s where I grew up and it’s where I live now,” she said. “I’m just glad everyone is OK.”
Tim Troyka | 52 Kemper Ln., Harbor Point Estates
At about 4 p.m. the wind started kicking up, so Troyka, his wife, his 86-year-old mother-in-law who was visiting from Russia, four dogs and a cat all took cover in the laundry room. Three minutes later, it was all over, he said.
The tornado knocked a hole in the side of his house, and the pressure knocked down the ceiling in the living room, filling the house with insulation, above. Troyka said he and his wife moved to Carroll County in 2005 and bought the house in 2007.
Troyka said Sheriff Jamie Kinman got a free hotel room for his family Friday night.
“This is my first tornado, and I hope it’s my last!”
Harold Hedges | 3200 Hwy. 42 West
Emma Weed | 3202 Hwy. 42 West
“Nobody was hurt, that’s what we are thankful about,” Hedges said. “But there was a lot of damage to a lot of homes.”
Hedges built his home in 1982, and his wife and his neighbor, Emma Weed, took cover in his underground house. The roof of his home had some damage, but his garage was destroyed. His motor home and pickup truck were also damaged.
“They say a tornado sounds like a freight train, but it sounded like 10 freight trains,” Weed said. “It was brown-looking and debris was everywhere. It was the scariest thing I’ve been through, and I’m 66 years old.”
Weed said she never would have believed a tornado would hit there because of the hills. She has lived in her home since 1984, and she stayed until the last minute. She said she called a friend at 3:38 p.m. to check on them and then took her dog to the Hedge’s house right before it hit.
The barn in front of her house, above, was knocked down, and the soffit and siding was damaged on the outside of the house. A vent pipe was torn down in the bathroom. Weed said there was a big generator sitting on the porch, and the storm moved it, but it did not move a plastic container holding gardening tools that was sitting next to it.
Volunteers from Westside Volunteer Fire Department and Worthville Volunteer Fire Department were on hand Saturday helping to cleanup the debris.
“We’re just lucky it didn’t hit that house,” Weed said. “I was so scared I didn’t know what to do.”