Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Residents near Rose Hill had some scary moments during Tuesday's storms. East of that city, emergency management officials say a microburst or straight-line winds might have been what left a trial of damage along SW 180th.
The Noeller family knew of the storm warnings that were being issued yesterday. They were taking cover, but they say the sounds that came from the storm and all of the damage happened very quickly.
"All of a sudden the winds shifted and I told the kids to get in the closet and next thing we know, the barn's gone," said Melanie Noeller.
The property sits about four miles east of Rose Hill. Noeller pointed out her property damage to the Butler County Emergency Management team Wednesday after a thunderstorm Tuesday night left a trail of damage for several hundred yards.
"Right now, we're leaning toward some straight line winds, maybe a microburst," said Jim Schmidt, Butler County Emergency management Director. "We're taking a bunch of photographs and will get them to the guys in the weather service."
"Our two vehicles we parked in the barn because we had liability on them and we heard about the hail," Noeller explained. "So we put them in there, hoping they'd be safe."
But the storm demolished the barn, leaving chunks of the metal walls and wooden studs strewn across three properties.
The Noeller's also used the barn to store some of their personal pictures. they'll be sifting through the debris to find any of those that didn't get wet. Meanwhile, as they walked along the property, Noeller said she was surprised that there wasn't more damage.
"It hit the neighbors lean-to, but missed our chicken coop," she said. "It hit the barn, but missed the neighbors house and got the neighbors up on the hill. It got all their barns."
"I think we had at one time, four severe thunderstorm warnings in the county," Schmidt said. "As we all know, severe thunderstorms can produce significant damage and it happens very quick."
The Suburban that the Noellers put in the barn for shelter ended up being heavily damaged when the barn blew apart. They are not sure if they'll be able to salvage it.