Saturday marks the one year anniversary of the powerful tornado that pushed through parts of northern Kentucky and Ohio. The storm began in Kentucky and traveled into Ohio through the hard hit areas ofFull Story >
Saturday marks the one year anniversary of the powerful tornado that pushed through parts of northern Kentucky and Ohio. Full Story >
The small, country town of Piner is recovering from the tornado which struck a month ago Monday. Most of its residents have settled with their insurance companies and have started to rebuild. Doug Imhoff rode out the storm in his basement. Now, a month later he's had to burn the rest of his house down and start over. Full Story >
"I was in complete shock. I was completely distraught. For a couple minutes, I thought I was going to die," said Doug Imhoff, a Piner resident.
Imhoff was home by himself. While on the phone with his wife, he heard the warnings. Shortly after, his power went out.
"I went out the back and looked out the French doors, and I was telling my wife that it was just really calm out, and I just heard a vibration in the sky," said Imhoff.
In the very next moment, everything was gone.
"I went downstairs and about a minute, minute and a half later, the house was gone," Imhoff recalled.
The Imhoff family just finished remodeling their home a few weeks before the storm hit. But, photo albums of the leveled Paxton Road home are all that remain.
"Like everybody in the family says, as long as I'm alive, that's all that matters. You can just bounce back as best as you can," said Imhoff.
He has bounced back.
His family has lived in their new home a little more than a year, which was built on the same site as their old home. However, when he hears the words "severe weather," he can't help but get a little uneasy. The chaos of that day almost two years ago is something he'll never forget.
"We still can't believe that we lost our home and everything in a tornado. It's just that fresh still. I know I certainly won't ever forget it," Imhoff told FOX19.
Chief Meteorologist Steve Horstmeyer says the tornadoes on March 2 were some of the worst he has ever covered. There were 12 tornadoes that day, injuring 14 people and killing nine. Here is a look back from meteorological point of view:
Tornado near Locust, Carroll Co., KY (EF1) 0 injuries 0 fatalities
Tornado near Holton, IN (EF3) 6 injuries 2 fatalities
Tornado north of Owenton, KY (EF2) 3 injuries 0 fatalities
Tornado Crittenden to Piner, KY to near Morningview, KY (EF4) 8 injuries 4 fatalities
Tornado near Peach Grove KY to Moscow OH toHamersville OH (EF3) ? injuries 3 fatalities
Tornado near Berlin, KY (EF0) 0 injuries 0 fatalities
Tornado near Seaman, OH (EF1) 0 injuries 0 fatalities
Tornado SW of West Union, OH (EF0) 0 injuries 0 fatalities
Tornado NE of West Union, OH (EF2) 3 injuries 0 fatalities