Monday was a very humbling day for me.
I covered damage of a storm which damaged houses and businesses throughout Perrysburg Township.
Usually, when I'm doing a story, I get in my car and drive around Perrysburg and Perrysburg Township. But Monday I only had to look out my window.
I'm so grateful my apartment at Tracy Creek Apartments is intact, but from my window I could see debris scattered across empty fields from neighbors not as fortunate.
On Sunday, my wife and I braced for the storm and we heard the hail and crazy winds, and had practically no visibility out the window during the worst part. On the third floor of an apartment complex, we were in a vulnerable position. Plus, we were looking at damage just a few hundred yards from our apartment. We were beyond blessed.
Next time I hear that Perrysburg Township tornado siren, I'll be knocking on the doors of my neighbors below for better shelter.
My wife, neighbors, and I began realizing how blessed we were as fire trucks, police, and ambulances racing back and forth on Tracy Road outside our apartment complex.
On Monday, I drove across the street to a Owens Lake Commons where there were blown-out windows and serious roof damage. Then, a block away I saw a home with its garage needing braces to stay up.
My corner gas station at Oregon Road and Rt. 795, a Circle K, had the gas pump cover destroyed. Other businesses down the street had walls stripped from the building's frame.
These people were trying to find valuables in the debris Sunday night. My biggest concern was getting the electricity back in my apartment to preserve our refrigerated and frozen groceries. Now, that seems trivial compared to the damage the storm did to some.
My wife and I are used to talking about other people for natural disasters. Sunday night, it hit us in Perrysburg.