Homes damaged, hundreds without power after Sunday storms

(WTVG) - No one ever thinks it could happen to them, until it does.

"My mom called and said the house was hit and to please come home," Connie Weyer, of Sandusky county said.

When she came down State Route 412, her childhood and current home was unrecognizable.

"Growing up when I was a kid, I thought there was no way a tornado would hit here," she said.

But it did. The back portion of the house was brought to the ground. A handful of trees were twisted and tossed around in the backyard, and debris was scattered across the property.

She says it's still hard to comprehend how quickly it all happened.

"We have to thank our Lord that nobody got hurt," Weyer said. "My mom and dad could have been wiped out by this tornado."

Weyer and her husband also live in the house with her parents. On any other Sunday they would have been home but instead they went bowling with their grand kids. She said the decision saved their lives.

"If we weren't bowling, my grand kids would have been in there playing. They're 3 and 5," she said with tears in her eyes.

Two other nearby homes were also hit, bringing down branches and even throwing a small trailer from one driveway to the treeline.

Storm surveyors say it was the work of an EF-1 tornado.

The National Weather Service spent time all over the area, including Seneca county.

In Tiffin, the biggest problem was downed trees and branches. Hundreds of people are also without power as AEP crews work to get everyone back on the grid.

"It came through heavy," Dean Henry, public information officer, Seneca county, said. "A lot of rain and a lot of wind."

Henry says the bulk of the damage, at least within city limits, is on the south side.

"We had some pretty significant tree damage. I saw trees that were split in half," Henry told 13abc.

But Tiffin got lucky. Less than 20 miles away, two tornadoes touched down causing damage to homes and barns. Still, many people are thankful it wasn't worse.

"We dealt with this issue 15 years ago," Henry said referring to the 2002 tornado outbreak. "I think there are several people in the community who remember that and were keeping their fingers crossed that we wouldn't have a repeat."