Families uprooted in Jerry City PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 18 November 2013 11:46
Georgia Sterling walks through what is left of her son’s kitchen this morning after strong winds destroyed this home in Jerry City. Sterling’s son, Joshua Hopple, and his wife, Carol, were both in the house when high winds ripped through the home. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
JERRY CITY - Two families displaced by Sunday's storm started picking up the pieces this morning.  PHOTO BLOG
A Main Street duplex occupied by sisters Carol Hopple and Terri Lynn Woodard and their families sustained heavy damage in the face of winds that may have exceeded 80 miles per hour. At dawn it, was evident that the roof and some exterior walls were missing, with totaled cars, downed power lines, siding and home fixtures strewn about the lawn.
A handful of family members went to the hospital Sunday, including Woodard's daughter, 5-year-old Naelynn Lee. They were released with bumps and bruises, which could have been much worse given their account of the storm.
The family gathered to cook dinner and watch football Sunday when television alerts and high winds began. They saw the storm approaching and fled to the bathroom, holding each other as wind seemed to try to carry them away.
"Before we could even make it to the living room, the kitchen windows were already shattered," Hopple said.
"It sounded like it was hailing so bad that it could bust in through the roof."
Hopple and Woodard's mother, Mary Woodard, lives about a mile down the road. She and others said they have little doubt that what tore apart the home at 980 Main St. was more than straight-line winds.
"We never in a million years thought this would happen," Terri Lynn said.
Neighbors' homes also sustained damage, though not as severe. Steve Morris, who lives across the road, said he was in Maumee when the storm came in. He returned Sunday night to find uprooted trees and damage to his roof.
"They're saying it was wind sheer ... but we think a tornado hit."
The two families are to receive aid through the Red Cross. Their dog, Simba, was missing for several hours but was found by a firefighter in a nearby field.
A representative of the Wood County Emergency Management Agency arrived this morning to begin surveying the damage. The National Weather Service is expected to be in the area today to determine whether a tornado touched down.

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