Damage reported after apparent tornado

Published 8:52 am Sunday, April 14, 2019

Updated at 11 a.m. 

Heavy damage was reported in Pike County after a possible tornado Sunday morning.

In Troy, three mobile homes were flipped over in Hunters Mountain Mobile Home Park. Structures were damaged and roofs destroyed along Three Notch Street near Knox Street.

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Cecelia Fran Quakenbush was at home in Hunters Mountain when the storm hit. One overturned mobile home landed on her sons’ home.

“My daughter called and said ‘Get out now’,” Quakenbush said. “I turned around and peeked out the front and (a mobile home) was up in the air and flipped on to the house. I laid to the ground and prayed for God to watch over us. I didn’t know if my sons were alive.

“It happened so fast,” Quakenbush said. “I spun and around and it was going on like ‘bam, bam’ and it was over. I’m so grateful to God that they’re ok.”

Only one minor injury was reported as of 11 a.m.

“We’ve had one minor injury reported so far, someone turned over in a vehicle due to wind,” Troy Mayor Jason Reeves said. “Otherwise there are no other injuries reported. That’s a tremendous blessing.”

Three structures were damaged in Goshen during the storm. The roof on MeMe’s Market convenience store was blown off according to Goshen Mayor Darren Jordan. Another barn had a portion of the roof removed, and a large open pole barn was completely destroyed. No injuries were reported.

Jordan was in town hall when the storm hit.

“You know how you can hear the wind shift, hear the building moving a little bit,” Jordan said. “I stood up and thought ‘Where am I going?’

“I got in the records room until it got through,” Jordan said. “It was blowing rain under the door and was pretty significant wind.”

Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas reported no trees down in the county, and no reports of damage or injuries.

Troy University officials said in a statement that the campus was not substantially affected by the storm and that “all on-campus students are safe.”

Power outages were widespread in Troy after the storm. Small pockets of localized outages were reported in Goshen.

“The biggest thing we’re doing right now is to get the streets open for emergency vehicles and get power lines and debris cleared from the roads,” Reeves said. “Then we’ll begin to work on power as we can. We ask residents to bear with us.

“Please stay off the roads as best as possible. Stay with us as we work to pick up the pieces.”

This is a developing story and will be updated throughout the day.