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Severe storm takes roof off of a home in Otterbein

Neighborhoods across the county are left cleaning up the mess of last night's storm. For a family in Otterbein, this means repairing the entire roof of their home.

Posted: May 28, 2019 6:20 PM
Updated: May 28, 2019 6:21 PM

OTTERBEIN, Ind. (WLFI) — Neighborhoods across Tippecanoe and Benton County are left cleaning up the mess of last night's storm. For a family in Otterbein, this means repairing the entire roof of their home.

For Paul and Kris Carlile of Otterbein, it was a peaceful Memorial Day evening until the tornado sirens rang.

“About 8 o'clock last night we were watching a movie and we heard the rain and hail come and it was really loud against the house,” said Kris.

Kris and her husband took shelter in the basement, that's when they noticed something was wrong.

“We saw water like coming down through our ceilings through the light fixtures and we were like, how did that happen,” said Kris.

They realized, their roof might have blown off.

“When we came outside part of our roof was gone and things were just a disaster,” said Kris.

The Carliles' were able to capture the footage of the storm on their home recording device. The Tippecanoe Emergency Management Agency reports Otterbein areas seeing most of the storm's damage. TEMA leaders say the storm appeared to be Straight Line Winds.

“The hail and the rain was raining so hard it was kind of twirling around and it kind of you could tell it kind of went over our house and then touched down,” said Kris.

For Otterbein resident Randy Schluttenhofer who lives just down the road from the Carlile's, his storm experience was a little different.

“We didn't have any damage other than a six-inch limb that fell down out of the tree and then just small branches everywhere else,” said Schluttenhofer.

The Carlile's are happy the storm damage to their home didn't end the way it could have.

“We're very blessed," said Kris. "It could have been so much worse and really this is minor and it can all be fixed and we're safe and that's what counts."

TEMA said it was a fast-moving storm. The National Weather Service was scheduled to evaluate Monday night's storm in Tippecanoe and Benton County on Tuesday. Due to even more severe storm damage near Indianapolis, the team has rescheduled its visit for Wednesday, May 29.

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