HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – The National Weather Service confirmed Monday afternoon that storm damage in the Huber Heights area was caused by an EF-1 tornado.
The Huber Heights Fire Department says no one was injured despite several trees crashing down in a neighborhood near Dial Drive and Wildview Drive.
Neighbors say the worst of the wind only lasted for about five minutes, but they could feel the intense pressure in their chest.
“I could feel my ears pop, my 11-year-old son said he felt like he was being pushed to the ground,” said resident Joshua Haney.
Peggy and Kevin Miller say they don’t scare easily, but for a few minutes Sunday night they feared for their lives.
Peggy said, “I thought, ‘Well I’m going to shut my window to keep the rain out,’ and that’s when I felt the vibration in my chest.”
“I was grabbing cushions, and anything to keep us safe. In the bathroom, in the tub, it’s all you can do with no basement,” adds Kevin.
WATCH Huber Heights Fire Department reacts to the tornado:
The intense winds toppled several trees in their yard, sending one toward their neighbor’s house, but she is alright.
One block over, Joshua Haney watched the storm intensify on his home surveillance camera. He then took his kids to the safest place he knew.
“The bathroom. That’s the most center point of our house and that’s where I was always taught to go in situations like that growing up. So, it seemed like the right thing to do,” he said.
Joshua says despite scattered lawn furniture, uprooted trees, and some damaged roofs, his neighbors are doing well, as are his kids.
“They were a little shaken up, but nobody was crying or anything like that. They followed directions and huddled in the bathroom with us,” he said.
Downed trees missed Kevin and Peggy’s house, but some did fall on their cars before the city helped clear them.
They’re speaking with insurance adjusters Monday and are grateful any damage was minimal.
Take a look at more damage left behind by Sunday’s storms: