Damage caused within minutes during severe weather
FAIRLAWN -- Music class at Fairlawn School of Music wasn't yet done when Mother Nature revved up Tuesday evening. It lasted about 120-seconds.
"Two minutes tops," says instructor Jeremy Poparad. "It was over so fast we didn't even have time to panic. Once we got worried, it cleared up. We were dumbfounded when we came outside."
Every tree on the school's property either snapped or became uprooted in that two minute downpour and wind gust.
"It was just crazy, you couldn't even see outside," said neighbor Karen Feakes. "I was inside my house – that just flooded earlier this month – and all I could hear was crack after crack after crack!"
A half mile down the road, just into Akron proper Leo Michael's sons had just closed the living room windows when the family oak tree came crashing down on the house.
"We were sure a tornado came down our street – I still can't believe what I am looking at," Michael said. "I saw the shadow of the tree coming down on the house. This could have been a lot worse."
Back up at the music school its owner, Kurt Reed arrives with a chainsaw to help cut up fallen trees that fell on a handful of cars.
"I just got here, and this looks like a disaster zone, I had no idea how bad this damage was."