Canton cleaning up from Tuesday storm that knocked down many trees and power lines

CANTON, Ohio - First came the strong winds. Hail followed. Moments later, the winds picked up again and Andy Gerzina began to worry as he peered out of his living room window.

"I saw most of the trees bending in half, stressed to the max," Gerzina said.

Moments later, he heard a large thump and glass shattering above him. It turned out the high winds had toppled over a neighbor's tree, which crashed onto Gerzina's roof.  A large branch punctured the ceiling in a spare bedroom.

On Wednesday, it was still protruding about two to three feet below the ceiling.

"The winds were so high and there was so much debris in the air, I couldn't really see the tree had fallen right in front of me," he said.

The house on 17th Street NW also lost electricity, and sustained water damage and broken windows, but it's the roof that's the primary concern.

"I've been told the insulation type that's used needs to be replaced because it'll start growing mold within 48 hours," Gerzina said.

Canton was hit hard by the severe thunderstorms that moved through Northeast Ohio on Tuesday evening.

At Nimisilla Park, several large trees came crashing down and a shelter crumbled to the ground. Other trees were uprooted and power lines fell down in the Vassar Park and Historic Ridgewood areas of Canton.

Outside of Ridgewood Castle Apartments, Jeremy Marsh spent the day sawing dozens of branches which feel near the front entrance of the complex.

"I can't believe that much destruction happened in a half of an hour. I just can't believe that. The wind had to be ridiculous," Marsh said.

A big tree also landed on top of a home on Scoville Avenue SW, destroying the roof over the front patio. The owner of the property said she did not have insurance.

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