Monroe County cleans up after confirmed tornado touchdowns

- Roof tops were torn off, trees toppled but thankfully, no one was hurt. 

People spent the day surveying the damage and cleaning up the mess in Monroe County Wednesday.

"We came outside and we were just like oh my God," said Olivia Lawson.

"I just heard things flying and I felt like you were in a wind turbine," said Shelley Regan.

A roof was found ripped off by the winds.

"It looked like a war zone," said Sue Lawson.

Neighbors in Gibraltar looking at the damage Wednesday to their homes and businesses from an EF-1 tornado.

"I'm just thankful no one was hurt. the apartment next door was full," said Warren Harbel, whose business had a tree fall on it.

Most of the roof of a building inside Gibraltar Points Apartments was tattered Tuesday night.
"It happened all at the same time. like you were in 'Twister' or in 'The Wizard of Oz' - that's what it sounded like," said Oliva Lawson, whose roof was ripped off her apartment building.

Frantic family members were trying to get ahold of their loved ones.

"I kept texting them to take cover now there's a tornado coming. I was freaking out," said Sue Lawson.

"You felt the pressure change and your ears pop and the toilets flushed. It was crazy," Olivia Lawson said.

The neighborhood on James Court is now covered in toppled trees and debris.

"It sounded like a wind turbine for less than a minute," Regan said. "Then four minutes later I came back up to no fence."

And in Frenchtown Township on South Stony Creek and Toben roads has a confirmed EF-1 tornado which tore down and twisted trees and antennas.
"I know people say it sounds like a freight train, it sounded like a jet engine," said Steve Stoddart.

The National Weather Service says the tornado had a path length of 4.3 miles and was about 300 yards wide. The estimated peak winds were between 95 and 100 miles per hour.

"When the weather channels say you guys say take cover, for God's sake do it," Stoddart said.

The top of one home was stripped, then neighbors say the ceiling fell in.
"One of the children was downstairs and trapped in the basement," Stoddart said. "The whole ceiling collapsed.  Amazingly no one was hurt, not a scrape. It's incredible. God is good."

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