Matt Gordon was out at work when the wind driven hail hit the edge of Columbus passing in a wave towards Hartsville, Walesboro, and on through Greensburg to the east.
“It just kind of goes that way and I just saw the outer edge of something head on down the road and then it was that creepy dead calm you get when something is about to happen or just did happen,” said Gordon.
In the neighborhoods around The Rolling Meadows subdivision on the outskirts of Greensburg, the road was marked by downed light poles and smashed shingles.
“After I got here the hail was about the size and a little bit larger. We should be able to tarp this roof in about a half hour to twenty five minutes,” said Nick Ooley. “I’ll probably see the door of my house about 3:30-4 a.m.”
He and a volunteer crew from Platinum Exteriors out of Rushville spent most of the night nailing tarps to the roofs of freshly stripped houses. Many roofs had been wind scrapped to down to the plywood sub roofing. Others were topped by mere framework. While others yet, had been flatted by straight-line wind gust of over 80 mph.