Wet microburst hits Haviland, Ohio

The Paulding County Emergency Management Director, Edward Bohn, said a microburst is a storm that brought strong winds, rain, and even hail to only Haviland.

Posted: Jul 27, 2018 5:06 PM
Updated: Jul 29, 2018 4:51 PM

HAVILAND, Ohio (WFFT)- A Haviland resident described the storm that hit his small town Thursday evening.

"The rain was going straight and we had all this wind and it was just blowing everything apart, the trees down and everything like that," he said.

That storm was a microburst. It developed east of New Haven and hit the small Paulding County town. The resident didn't want to show his face, but said he was outside all Friday morning cleaning up his yard.

The Paulding County Emergency Management Director, Edward Bohn, said a microburst is a storm that brought strong winds, rain, and even hail to only Haviland.

"This one was a wet microburst with the amount of torrential rain and hail that was involved with it, but the energy of the winds coming straight down impacted strictly the village of Haviland at the time of the storm," Bohn said.

Residents started the clean up last night, but they're not done. And with less than 200 people in the town, they'll take all the help they can get.

"I had a friend that came early this morning with a chainsaw... He came early this morning and we cleaned up. They've been hauling a lot of stuff down to the other end of town," said Jill Harris.

Harris said she wasn't home when the storm hit, but she came back to the debris.

"Lot of trees down, a lot of limbs down, people out in the neighborhood. Everybody was out helping everybody clean up," she said.

Clean up is expected to take a few days. There were downed power lines, damage to some buildings, and large trees blocking roadways.

Tune into FOX 55 News for more on microbursts and how they form.

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