Tornado rips through Celina, Ohio

The National Weather Service said it was an EF3 tornado rating which means that wind speeds were more than 136 miles per hour.

Posted: May 28, 2019 6:46 PM
Updated: May 29, 2019 8:39 AM

Celina, OH(WFFT) - Home owners in Celina, Ohio are left picking up the pieces after a tornado rips through.

Rick Fleming's mother and sister were at home when it happened.

"Me and my wife rushed out here. It was a squad out here and everything else. The fire department was already here and they were attending to mom. At night time you couldn't see where all the destruction was until this morning to see what happened," Rick Fleming said.

Not only was the home damaged, but the family's 100 year-old barn which housed their animals was destroyed too.

Around them there were downed tree limbs, wood with exposed nails, housing installation, roof shingles.

There's similar damage next door and across the street on Mud Pike Road and State Road 118.

"Part of the home is in the back where the structure of the barn blew in and we had wood that actually hit my mom through the glass window. The barn was destroyed the machine shed is destroyed and we had a garage off to the side. Everything is totally destroyed. I had a horse back there. He was trapped back there, so it took four of us to get him out last night. We took him down to a neighbors place to tend to and I got chickens running round back there and ducks running around," Fleming explained.

His sister was hurt and released from the hospital.

His mother suffered brutal injuries to the face and is still in the hospital being treated.

Severe storms are also expected for Tuesday night, so they are sealing up the home in preparation.

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