Tornado damages homes, spreads debris in Cedarville

CEDARVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Anger and fear were the emotions going through one homeowner’s mind as he stood on his porch Wednesday.

In the distance, Shawn Evans watched as a tornado slowly made its way toward his home.

“You better turn before you get to my house,” said Evans as the tornado was coming his way.

It was a few tense moments for Evans. He saw the destruction the tornado left of his friend’s home down the road and knew his home could be next.

“Standing on that front porch, it looked like it was coming right towards the front porch,” said Evans. “I was actually cursing and telling it to change directions.”

Evans is happy his wishes came true.

After running to his basement, he heard the tornado coming through his yard. Minutes later, he found the house was not damaged.

The barn where his family is keeping goats, however, was badly damaged.

“We heard the freight train as it was coming,” said Evans. “As soon as I came out, I saw the metal and knew the barn was tore up.”

Debris from the buildings that were hit by the tornado were thrown across acres of farm land.

Those in the path watched as long as possible before retreating to safety.

“When I peaked out, it was probably 300 yards away,” said Gregory Russell.

Down the street from Evans, Russell watched the tornado head his direction.

Russell described the tornado as a dark mass made thicker by debris.

“I could see all the tar paper,” said Russell. “Just stuff everywhere.”

For Russell, the sight of the tornado would bring back memories.

Forty years prior, he saw another tornado destroy part of a Miami Valley city.

“I had heard that noise before,” said Russell. “I grew up in Xenia. I had heard it once before.”

As the tornado passed through the area, both men are thankful their homes were spared.

The sight of a the tornado coming toward their homes, however, is something they will never forget.

“You can see it and you can see all the trash coming with it,” said Evans. “It was moving.”

Electricity was knocked out for much the area where the tornado came through Wednesday night.

Dayton Power and Light crews were working through the night to get power restored.

A few homes had to use generators while power was getting restored.

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