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Oregon, OH residents describe EF0 tornado

OREGON, OH - Dozens of people spent the day Wednesday cleaning up what a tornado left behind in Oregon.

The EF0 twister packed up to 85 mile-an-hour winds and tore a path of destruction about three-quarters of a mile long.

The tornado first touched down on Eagles Landing Drive around 12:50 a.m. Wednesday and made its way through nearby neighborhoods.

The good news is no one was hurt. After that, though, there's a whole lot to deal with physically and mentally.

"Immense pounding on the glass," said Rose Roelle describing what she heard just before the tornado hit.

Her 14-year-old son Evan Roelle was scared.

"He like flew past me and I said, 'Where are you going?' He said, I'm going to the basement," Rose told us.

Evan had reason to be frightened. During last spring's tornado that hit Millbury, Evan was in the basement of his dad's home on Main Street when the storm blew away the entire house. This time he was at mom's house in Oregon and another tornado sweeps through.

"Going into this season, starting off right off the bat and having a storm," said Rose, "It's kind of scary," she added.

Other children tell us it was a frightening storm, but they knew they had to jump into action.

"Is there anything else that needs to be picked up from under there?" asked Madison Rios as she was picking up debris from around the neighborhood.

"What can I do to help?" said Elizabeth Vincent as she described what was going through her mind seeing all the damage. "Is there anything I can do for anybody because they look all sad that this happened," she told WTOL 11.

Adults chipped in as well. Guys are from Rigg Restoration said the company helped take care of at least 10 roofs.

Jeff Penrod from Rigg grew up in a neighborhood around Sugarbrush Rd. Now, he's amazed looking at all the trees down, small buildings destroyed, porch roofs collapsed, and stone, steel-reinforced signs landing on their sides.

"I don't ever remember a tornado out here during all the years that I lived out here," said Penrod. "I think this is the worst thing I've ever seen in this neighborhood," he added.

It was definitely an entire day of neighbors helping neighbors, people stopping by to take in all that's happened and realizing that even though the physical damage is what they have to deal with now, it's the intangibles that may need the most attention.

"He's still shooken up about it and storms really bother him," Rose said about her son.

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