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Celina cleaning up after weekend tornado

The National Weather Service said and EF-2 tornado touched down from Eaton, Indiana and traveled 39 miles northeast to Celina, Ohio, where eight people were hurt.

Posted: Nov. 6, 2017 8:36 PM
Updated: Nov. 6, 2017 8:36 PM

CELINA, Ohio (WFFT) - Clean up efforts began Monday after tornadoes touched down across Indiana and Ohio Sunday.

The National Weather Service said and EF-2 tornado touched down from Eaton, Indiana and traveled 39 miles northeast to Celina, Ohio, where eight people were hurt.

The most significant damage in Celina was in a commercial area.

Many stores, including Dunham Sports, took the brunt of the storm.

"The power lines are snapping, the transformers are blowing," said Jamie Colson, Hotheads Burrito's manager.

Colson spent Monday cleaning up her restaurant near Dunham Sports.

The tornado took out the front window.

"We received very minimal damage compared to some of the other businesses around. It's devastating," she said.

The tornado struck as Colson and her crew were getting ready for the dinner rush.

Everyone looked out the front door and realized something was about to happen, so everyone took cover in the cooler.

"Our ears started popping like when you go up in a plane or when you come down from a plane. And then it got eerily quiet," Colson said.

Many businesses in Celina were closed Monday. However, some businesses like the Menards, were open so people can get the supplies they need.

"Our window bust through so we had to get a new window," said Alli Brandt.

She was home when the storm hit her house Sunday.

She says she took her kids and waited it out in the bathroom.

"Our house was just shaking a lot. Then I heard the window bust through and that's pretty much it," Brandt said.

"It was kind of surreal. I mean, I'm looking around at the damage, all the isolation and everything. I'm going 'We're very, very lucky," said Colson.

Utility workers are working around the clock to restore power.

Celina Police Chief Tom Wale said it could take a few days to get power restored and roads opened.

He's also urging people to stay home.

"We still have people wanting to come out and look. They're driving around barricades to get back in here in this area. It's a very dangerous thing for them and for our utility workers," said Wale.

The most serious injury in the storm was a concussion.

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