VINTON COUNTY, OH (WOWK) – At least three mobile homes have been pushed off of their foundation in Vinton County after severe thunderstorms moved into the region a little after midnight on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
It happened along State Route 124, east of Jackson. Vinton County EMA officials say this is the only reported damage in the county, aside from calls for high water.
StormTracker 13 Meteorologists Spencer Adkins, Bryan Hughes, and Joe Fitzwater reported the possibility of high winds Wednesday, April 9, 2020, and even broke into programming for two hours into early Thursday morning. Radar indications were 70 to 80 mph wind speeds. Several trees are uprooted while there are shingles and debris across many properties.
One of the people who lost their home as part of this storm was Faith Thacker. On the evening of Wednesday, April 8, 2020, she says she watched an episode of Survivor and went to bed around 9:30 pm.
“At 12:33 [a.m. Thursday], I heard the wind,” said Thacker. “At 12:34 [a.m.], I was on the floor with my dresser on my back up against the wall.”
Thacker’s mobile home, which sat on State Route 124, came off its foundation due to the high winds the storm brought with it.
“I knew it would be bad, but I never thought this would happen,” Thacker said about the storm.
“It’s all gone,” Thacker added. “My house is destroyed and I had just remodeled the whole inside.” To make matters worse, Thacker did not have home owner’s insurance.
“That’ll be something we’ll have to address with the partners [and] the Ohio EMA, and see if there is anything out there to help assist in these kinds of things,” said William Faught, Director of Vinton County’s Emergency Management Agency.
However, Thacker remains optimistic and says she’s lucky to be alive.
“That’s the main thing,” Thacker said. “I’m okay and my dogs are okay so, I’ll be okay.”