Residents clean up after storm damage in Grafton

By  | 

TAYLOR COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - Residents in Grafton have begun cleaning up after severe weather Thursday night left behind serious damage in some homes.

"The air was sucked out of us, and then there was a vibration just occurring and then a loud 'boom!' and it was all over," Mark Witkowski recounted. "[It lasted] less than a minute, 45 seconds."

Witkowski was eating dinner with his family, inside his home on Maple Avenue, when the storm came through at about 6:30 p.m.

They decided to hunker down, but before they could, the storm had already passed.

When they walked upstairs, they saw that their roof had been completely ripped off of the house.

"I didn't know what to think, you know?" said Joseph Witkowski, Mark's son. "I've lived in this house 21 years or so, I've spent my life here. It's just kind gets your stomach upset, you know?"

At the time, the Witkowskis and their neighbors thought a tornado had passed through, but the National Weather Service says it is not being investigated as either a tornado or as a microburst.

They believe strong winds may have accelerated as they moved up the river.

Other parts of Taylor County, like Belgium, were also affected.