ORRVILLE, Ohio - It was just after 3 p.m. Wednesday when Adam Shilling saw something out his back porch in Orrville that he hadn't seen in the three years he spent living in Oklahoma, a tornado.
"I just seen a funnel cloud come down, I seen trees and debris come up and I told them all to go to the basement," he said.
Shilling just returned to Ohio in June after serving in the Army stationed near Moore, Oklahoma where a devastating tornado hit in May.
"Knowing what happened in Moore I was like oh, well that's probably not such a good idea to be out here," he said.
By the time his family emerged from their basement they found that their home had been spared but their neighbor across McQuaid Road took a direct hit.
The twister ripped off the roof of the bedroom sending part of it into a field a good 75 yards away. Bricks from the chimney on the west side of the home were tossed like styrofoam blocks in the yard on the east side as was the top half of a tree snapped in two and sent flying.
Another massive tree in the east yard toppled at the base.
In a small corn field across the street, the storm cut a clear path about 40 yards wide before snapping a row of trees about halfway up and moving on.
The family that lived in the damaged home was all out when the storm hit and their three animals, a dog and two cats, emerged unscathed.
"Just thankful no one was home and no one got hurt," said Apple Creek Fire Chief Les Durstine. "You go inside and look at some of the parts, look up the stairs and can see where the top of the house has actually been twisted."
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