Vandalia shows scars from last year’s storms


VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) – The scars remain in Vandalia from two severe storms late last year.

At the corner of National Road and Foley Drive, there is an empty lot where four buildings used to stand. Those buildings, including BJ’s Drive Thru, were heavily damaged after it was determined an EF1 tornado touched down Halloween night.

Fricker’s restaurant on Foley Drive was also damaged but has since reopened.

Weeks later, another storm bringing high winds damaged the same area.

John Kovacs can still remember the night his radio tower came crashing into his roof.

“I was talking to SkyWarn at the time doing a weather report,” said Kovacs. “I was giving them a report up here in Vandalia at the time and they said the storm was coming through and it would be about here in about ten minutes.”

Kovacs has since repaired his roof. Replacing his tower, however, has been more of struggle as he continues to work with insurance claims.

With the first severe thunderstorm of 2014 expected to bring high winds to the Miami Valley, Kovacs said he is ready to wait out the storm.

“I’ll know what’s going on no matter where I’m at,” said Kovacs. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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