NHS senior receives quite a scare

Thirty more seconds or so, and Donna Ratliff could have been seriously hurt or worse. The Norwalk High School senior was asleep early Tuesday morning, when she heard a noise that sounded like falling hail.
Aaron Krause
Jul 25, 2010
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Thirty more seconds or so, and Donna Ratliff could have been seriously hurt or worse.

The Norwalk High School senior was asleep early Tuesday morning, when she heard a noise that sounded like falling hail.

Ratliff sprang out of bed at about 12:15 a.m., ran into the hallway and saw her parents.

All three heard a big crash. They peered into Donna's room, and saw a huge tree on top of her bed.

Tuesday night's storm caused the tree, which dotted a neighbor's property, to fall through the Ratliffs' roof.

"I was horribly scared," Donna recalled. "I was actually amazed that I got up in time to get out of bed."

Donna said storms make her nervous; if she hears a howling wind, she'll move away from the window.

And this much is for sure: She's not going to permanently move her bed away from the windows.

Storms across the state Tuesday downed trees, flooded roads.

At the height of the storm, about 2,000 Ohio Edison customers were without power, said Gary Mortus, area manager.

High water affected traffic on Section Line 30, south of Ohio 162.

Judy Ratliff said she's grateful for her neighbors, who offered them assistance. One of the neighbors, a licensed contractor, removed the tree. Donna Ratliff stayed home from school to help clean.

"I just thank God that she wasn't hurt," her mother said.