Severe weather wallops area

(UPDATED with video.) After work Wednesday, Norwalk resident Judy Stark and her boyfriend, Troy Meyer, decided it was a nice day for a cook-out.
Aaron Krause
May 26, 2011

(UPDATED with video.) After work Wednesday, Norwalk resident Judy Stark and her boyfriend, Troy Meyer, decided it was a nice day for a cook-out.

It was sunny and warm out about 5 p.m., so the two drove to Veterans Memorial Lake Park to cook steaks on a grill. Stark and Meyer sat in their car by the K shelter.

(NOTE - To see pictures of the storm and damage, click HERE and HERE and HERE.)

About an hour later the sky turned pitch black. The winds "got really high."

The pair noticed what looked like a small tornado touch down about 100 feet from where they were, Stark said.

"I kind of freaked out. I didn't know what to do," Stark said.

Meyer told Stark not to move.

The car shook and Stark felt like she was in small earthquake.

The storm took out six or seven trees about 100 feet away, Stark said.

"About every two seconds a tree was snapping off," she added. "There's trees down everywhere out there."

Stark and Meyer decided to leave when they didn't see any more trees falling. Suddenly on the other side of shelter K, the storm felled two more trees.

They left after waiting a while. But before they got onto Old State Road, the tornado siren sounded.

Stark and Meyer returned home unscathed and found no damage.

Bob Schafer, of rural Monroeville, had just finished planting corn when a strong storm swept through his farm.

"I said 'What is that noise, where is that coming from?'" Schafer said. He said he's never seen anything like it.

He was able to get his equipment inside and take cover before the storm hit.

Still, he said some of his equipment was destroyed and his field got soaked. But to Schafer, that wasn't the most important thing.

"We're just lucky nobody got hurt," he said.

A dispatcher with the Norwalk post of the State Highway Patrol said there were no accidents. Except for a downed tree on Ohio 4 and Young Road near by the Seneca-Huron County line, there was little activity, the dispatcher said.

A Huron County Sheriff's Office dispatcher said she received many calls related to the storm, but couldn't elaborate.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the area Wednesday, as well as a Tornado warning, which expired at 7 p.m. A tornado watch was also issued until 10 p.m. Wednesday. Meanwhile, severe weather was reported in areas of Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana.

Strong storms are also expected today. There is an 80 percent chance of rain during the day and at night. The high was expected to be 75 today and the low 61 tonight.

The weather is expected to clear up by the weekend, with a 30 percent chance of rain Friday, 10 percent Saturday and 20 percent Sunday. Monday is expected to be sunny.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Reflector Managing Editor Joe Centers contributed to this story.

Comments

Boss Hogg

I have video of tornado east of Monroeville. Here the link I must caution you there some adult language my apologies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O....

Richard Russell

Great video, Boss! The adult language didn't bother me; probably would have had the same reaction myself. Interesting how all the cars on U.S. 20 stopped almost dead in their tracks as they came around the curve, up the hill, and saw that monster just south of the road. I'm guessing you're a storm chaser with a shortwave license?

commonsense

Thanks Boss, Beautiful video. What is that dark whispy cloud action to the right of the tornado? It appears to be cloud that is coming up from the ground and not reaching the main cloud for a while? I saw something like that but didn't think it is a tornado. Looks like smoke.

Boss Hogg

Thank you very much...I'm happy to share the video.I'm a storm spotter with Skywarn.

Morningbreezes1

The most important thing, is that no one got hurt.

commonsense

Ok so trees are down at Memorial Park. Who gets the wood? Are they norwalk trees? hehe, I had to say it.

6079 Smith W

Based on the video, it looks like Norwalk lucked out.
If that tornado would have kept goin' in an easterly direction and not dissipated, a lot of the Southside of town woulda been damaged.
Scary @#$%!