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High winds cause damage in Paris

A storm packing high winds caused damage in Paris on Sunday, Sept. 1.

The storm moved through the area around 6:30 p.m.

The majority of damage was reported in an area surrounding Paris High School on Wood Street and on Kalamazoo Road.

According to John Wells, who lives on Kalamazoo Road near Paris High School and has a weather station on his property, the wind was measured at 58 miles an hour and the station recorded 1.46 inches of rain in less than 30 minutes.

Paris Police Chief John O’Brien, who lives in the 1800 block of Wood Street, near the high school, was home when the storm struck between 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

O’Brien said a kitchen window at his home was blown into the house, the front and back doors were forced open by the wind, the deck on the back of the house was lifted up and set back down, lawn furniture was scattered, a three-inch round flag pole was snapped off at the base and crashed into the windshield of his police car and the wind forced open the stairs leading into his attic. O’Brien also said he lost three turbines that were sitting on the roof of his house.

“The window in the living room actually bowed inward,” O’Brien said. “I thought the house was going to implode because of the outside pressure. It was scary loud, deafening.”

O’Brien and his family got into a closet when the storm struck. However, his mother-in-law got trapped inside an automobile outside the garage by the wind.

“She was outside when it hit and got into her Prius,” O’Brien said. “She said the wind rocked the car and she thought it was going to turn over. She couldn’t open the doors and she was scared to death. My five-year-old wouldn’t come out of the closet for an hour.”

Several structures at the high school were damaged, according to Paris School Superintendent Wayne Fawcett.

“The most obvious was a wireless transmission tower,” Fawcett said. “Had the guide wires not been there, it would have snapped and fallen on the cafeteria.”

There was also tree and limb damage reported in the area.

Fawcett and school district maintenance crews were at the high school cleaning up damage that night and Monday, Sept. 2 City employees were also cleaning up damage in the area early last week.

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