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‘Tornado alley’

Warren County residents share storm stories

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Trees knocked down by Sunday’s EF-2 tornado damaged several houses in Althom.

The path of the EF-2 tornado that touched down Sunday night and wreaked havoc through the center of Warren County is apparently longer than originally thought.

Dozens of trees are down in Althom, a few of them squarely on houses.

“We found a couple more miles of tornado path,” Warren County Deputy Director of Emergency Management Scott Rose said.

He said the new estimated first contact is about the base of Davey Hill Road in Deerfield Township. “It probably came right down the river.”

It wasn’t the first tornado in the neighborhood.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Trees knocked down by Sunday’s EF-2 tornado damaged several houses in Althom.

Ed Donahue remembers at least four since 1985. “This is the tornado alley of Warren County.”

“We had been watching the weather stories on the TV,” he said. “As the wind increased, you could hear it, I stepped out the front door.”

“When they say it sounds like a freight train… it sounds like a train,” Donahue said. “When I heard the sound, I went back in and told my wife we have to go to the basement.’

“We got into the kitchen before that tree hit the house,” he said.

The tree compromised the roof, but it could have been worse.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Trees knocked down by Sunday’s EF-2 tornado damaged several houses in Althom.

“We have insurance,” Mary Donahue said. “We’re glad to be walkin’ and talkin’.”

Trees fell at Jim Lynch’s property, but not on his house.

“I was watching TV,” he said. “The power went out. I counted 60, the generators came on.”

“Mary called and said, ‘where are you?'” he said. “‘I’m in the La-Z-Boy. ‘You’re not in the basement?'”

“I opened the door up and went outside,” Lynch said. “All this was blown off. I was lucky.”

Ed Donahue said he has been very impressed by the response, from tree removal to utility providers. “We had out power back on my 1… 1:30 the next day,” he said. “I’m very impressed and grateful.”

After he cut up and hauled away a tree that had been blocking the road, Lynch looked at the situation a different way.

“That’s firewood,” he said.

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