NWS: 'Downburst' caused a lot of damage in Lorain County

LORAIN -- The National Weather Service says it was a downburst that picked up all kinds of debris in Lorain County Wednesday evening.

Betty Bentley says the storm turned violent quickly at her house, as a decades-old cotton tree crashed through the roof and into her bedroom.

"I was right there at that window," she said, taking Channel 3's Sara Shookman inside the damaged home.

"All I heard was the crash and I went like this," she said, covering her head with her hands.

Her bedroom is now soaked with rain water and insulation.

Amazingly, everything but the house and her husband's bedside lamp is okay.

"I thought maybe a limb come out of it or something, but nope it was the whole tree. Uprooted," she said. "I was afraid it was coming all the way through. I just thought it was going to come down on top of me."

Temco Trees team took the tree apart branch by branch Thursday afternoon, while Bentley and her neighbors watched the work.

"We're both safe. That's all that matters," she said. "It's just that I hope they can get it fixed soon. The faster the better." Bentley says she carried renter's insurance and her landlord had the structure insured as well.

It could be a week, even a month, before it's safe to move back in. While she'll miss being home, she says she won't miss cleaning up cotton next spring.

"Raking the yard and sweeping it up all the timeā€¦.I don't have to worry about it no more," she said.


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