COLUMBIANA — When Debra Tisone, a Short Road resident, heard the loud noise from the storm in the early hours of Wednesday, she thought there may have been a tornado outside the house. After looking at the damage left behind to her property and neighbors around her, she is sure of it.
Outside her door she said it looked like things were going sideways, the lightning was flashing and she heard what sounded like a train. Tisone said she, her husband and daughter got the pets — two dogs and two cats — and headed for the basement.
The Tisones lost a group of shingles from their roof and their power was out until about 6 p.m. Thursday. They found school papers laying in their yard that appeared to belong to elementary students from Crestview.
A neighbor had a house he was fixing up across the street and the house lost its shingles as well.
Additionally, Tisone said on Crestview Road the storm left a tree laying on a house. Large trees were uprooted throughout the area, closing part of Short Road, and a telephone pole was down on Signal Road. One neighbor had a whole line of trees toppled.
Tisone said there was a tree — so big you could not put your arms around it — which appeared to have been shattered. Another friend on Bye Road told Tisone “it sounded like a jet going through the borough.”
Porch furniture missing from one neighbor’s porch was found broken into pieces.
“I really believe it was a twister,” Tisone said, adding she was just happy they did not lose their houses. “We were pretty shook up about it.”
Tisone lives about a mile and a half from Crestview Elementary, which did not have power restored until 11 a.m. on Thursday. Superintendent Matthew Manley said while the school tried to have online classes resume on Thursday teachers and students both had to practice “grace and common sense” with each other. In some cases, students were unable to access the classes and in other cases teachers were unable to respond to emails because they had no power at home.
For a second day, the 500 breakfasts and 500 lunches being delivered by the school had to be canceled.
Manley said he wanted to thank East Palestine City Schools for their kind offer of space in their freezers. Crestview monitored the temperatures of their freezers, which had risen to 26 degrees by the time the power came back on Thursday morning. The temperature must remain below 30 degrees. Manley said they had staff on hand, ready to move the items to East Palestine when the power returned.
Everything in the refrigerator had to be thrown out, but the items in the freezers were saved. Manley said the school plans to resume serving breakfasts and lunches on Monday, which will be a school day now due to the lost day Wednesday. Initially, Monday had been part of the plans for spring break. Additional food is scheduled to be delivered to the school on Monday afternoon.