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Storm damage across Mahoning and Shenango Valley

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio- The damage left behind after Wednesday night's storm have some wondering if it was a small tornado.

The storm that blew through parts of Trumbull and Mercer counties left behind it's share of damage.

The Jakubec Family, in Hartford Township, found themselves unable to get out of their driveway after high winds uprooted, and blew over three large pine trees.

"It almost went through the bedroom window up there," pointed out Pam Jakubec. "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."

Damage left behind at Hartford's Fire Department kept road crews busy. A tree that fell on the department's roof knocked out power at the station and damaged the siren.

Brookfield's Fire Chief Keith Barrett said the damage should not concern the public. He said because Hartford's Fire Department has low man power, Brookfield crews always assist when their is a fire.

"It wont have any impact," said Barrett. "We can still get in the station, get the trucks out of the doors manually, so nothing changes."

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

In Mercer County, dozens of trees were left on their side after the storm ripped threw Buhl Park. The damage forced crews to shut down a portion of North Buhl Farm Dr., while they restored power lines.

Don Mattey of Hermitage, lives near the park. He questions if the storm was a small tornado.

"You can see a definite path of damage that comes through the park, area," described Mattey. "It's not throughout the park, you can actually see where it begins and works its way up through."

According to the National Weather Service, there is not enough evidence to indicate the storm was a tornado. The service predicts straight line wind gusts likely reached 60-70 miles per hour, causing significant damage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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