Small Ohio community gathers after storm damage
TARLTON, Ohio (WCMH) – Many neighbors in the village of Tarlton in Pickaway and Fairfield counties are dealing with the legacy left in their hometown after severe storms last weekend.
Some remain without electricity, clean and mobilize to help their neighbors when needed.
The National Meteorological Service confirmed that a tornado had affected southern Pickaway County, just north of Kingston. The damage at Tarlton, according to the NWS, was caused by straight-line winds with speeds between 60 and 70 miles per hour.
A couple, Sharon and Randal Ransburgh, said they were grateful to be alive. The couple received alerts on their phones early on Saturday morning, allowing them to rush to safety.
The couple take care of their mother, who is 70 years old. If she had been alone, the participation could have been very different.
Though tempted to check out the storm damage, the Randburghs followed their instincts and stayed in the basement. It wasn’t until sunrise that they could see the damage with their own eyes.
“It was a bit of a shock that Tarlton, this tiny little town, was hit by a tornado,” said Sharon.
Sharon’s car was completely destroyed, three windows in the house were smashed, part of the house’s roof was damaged, and the power box fell from the house.
Catherine Emerson, who lives nearby, said she had never experienced a storm of this magnitude.
“It scared me to death,” Emerson said. “My son and grandson who live with me… we had nowhere to go, so we just went between the washer and the wall.
Despite the bad night, they said they were grateful to have a community behind them, helping and offering support.