NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WKBN) — A line of severe thunderstorms rolled through the area Wednesday night and one of the areas most affected was Newton Falls.

Into Thursday afternoon, people in the area were still without power. There were also numerous trees and limbs still down.

Bob James lives on Newton Township’s Fairview Avenue. In his backyard, a large oak tree was uprooted during the storm. It covered the entire width of the yard and the root system was left rising 15 feet into the air. Thankfully, it completely missed the house.

Reporter Stan Boney: “You were a little bit lucky, correct?”
James: “Oh yeah, with the house being 20 feet away. All I lost was a couple garden beds.”

The garden beds were smashed and the remnants of a small shed could also be seen amongst the debris.

Boney: “What’s the process now of getting it removed?”
James: “The tree service man was here this morning, that’s his job. Hopefully, he’ll take care of it.”

“I looked out the front window and I said, ‘Yeah, it’s pretty darn windy out there,'” said Darrell Tonkin.

James’ next-door neighbors, Darrell and Roxanne Tonkin, also lost a large tree that fell onto the roof of their neighbor’s garage. Their daughter spent part of Thursday afternoon picking up limbs.

They were surprised by the extent of the damage because the storm didn’t seem that bad when it rolled through.

“It sounded like nothing to us. The only thing I heard was that little branch fall because I was standing by the window after everything else started happening,” Roxanne said.

“We had no idea all this happened,” Darrell said.

About a mile away, on Starr Street in Newton Falls, the city’s power crews were repairing an electric line. They said they worked straight through since the storm hit at 6 p.m.

A neighbor nearby was without power until 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Back on Fairview Avenue, the Tonkins were also looking at the work ahead.

“We just had a bunch of trees cut out of here. We just had our grass all grown and the ditches all filled in. They’ll be back tomorrow. Tear up the yard all over again,” Darrell said.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service were in Newton Falls on Thursday and determined the damage was caused by straight-line winds of around 70 miles an hour.