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Wednesday's storm leaves a path of damage in Mercer and Trumbull counties

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HARTFORD TOWNSHIP, Ohio - The damage left behind after Wednesday night's storm has certainly kept cleanup crews busy and the remnants of the storm have many wondering if it was a small tornado.

The storm that blew through parts of Trumbull and Mercer counties left behind its share of damage. The Jakubec family in Hartford Township found themselves unable to get out of their driveway after wind uprooted three large pine trees blocking them in.

"It almost went through the bedroom window up there. Thank goodness it had broken before it went through the window. I think the damage is pretty much minimal at least we're all safe," said Pam Jakubek.

Down the street, at the township's fire department, crews worked to clear a tree that fell on the department's roof knocking out power and damaging the siren.

Thankfully, Brookfield fire crews also respond to all Hartford Township fires.

In Hubbard, a home was nearly divided when a tree fell on its roof. The homeowner, who was inside at the time, says she's thankful to be alive.

As for Mercer County, dozens of trees are now on their side after the storm ripped through Buhl Park forcing crews to shut down a portion of North Buhl Farm Drive while they restored power lines.

The extent of the storm's damage has left several wondering if it wasn't a small tornado. According to the National Weather Service, it's not. They say winds likely reached 60-70 miles per hour, enough to leave behind quite a trail of destruction.

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