Family's home security camera captures Brunswick tornado
BRUNSWICK -- The sky was getting dark when Molly Koenig decided maybe the kids should come inside.
"My daughter said, 'Mom is there going to be a tornado?' I said No honey. There hasn't been a tornado since I've been alive and I'm 34. I said, no, you'll be fine."
That was 6:42 p.m. Monday.
"I will definitely think twice about answering them that. That's for sure," Koenig said Tuesday after the National Weather Service confirmed a EF-1 tornado touched down.
Just a few minutes later, Koenig heard the winds pick up.
"My husband was in the kitchen looking out the window and screamed 'There's a tornado!' I said, you're overreacting. He said, 'There's stuff flying in the air, Molly. There's a roof that was flying in the air.'"
The roof Chris saw belonged to Paul and Maureen McNamee, just two houses to their west. Maureen was home at the time, and called 9-1-1 frantically.
"Oh my God. I think a tornado hit part of my house," she's heard on the tape. "Half my house is gone. Water's coming in. I don't know what to do."
Paul McNamee told WKYC-TV he wasn't sure yet if the home would be able to be salvaged, as crews boarded up the structure Tuesday to protect from further damage.
The National Weather Service says winds reached 110 miles per hour as the twister traveled two miles, right through Royal Oaks Drive.
"We all ran down to the basement, the kids were crying and it was just unbelievable. I just could not believe what happened," said Koenig.
The Koenigs caught the entire thing on security cameras mounted outside.
She wishes there had been more warning. "It started raining literally the minute that the tornado came down. There was no time to do anything," she said.
Despite an estimated $1 million in damage, everyone in Brunswick is okay.
The American Red Cross accessed the damage this morning, but a spokesperson for the Medina County chapter says those in the four most severely damaged homes all had insurance and have already started claims.
An NWS report says approximately 45 homes and businesses will require repairs because of the tornado.
"I'm just thankful that it turns out the way that it did. Nobody was hurt from what the damage was," said Koenig.