MOUNT ORAB, Ohio — The storm that destroyed Norsie Short’s garage didn’t just affect her, she said Monday night. Its collapse — splintered timbers caving inward, pieces of metal siding blown into the nearby trees — destroyed the supplies she’d gathered for one of the biggest events of her year.
“I came out, the rain stopped, and I said, ‘It’s gone,’” she said. “‘It’s all gone. There’s nothing to save.’”
Each year, Short and her sister collect donated items for a July yard sale benefitting the Brown County Humane Society.
It’s a personal cause for Short, who was making sure her nine cats were all safe indoors when her garage collapsed.
The National Weather Service in Wilmington confirmed Tuesday that a weak EF-0 tornado touched down in Brown County Monday night. However, its preliminary analysis determined that the damage in Mount Orab - including the damage Short's garage - was caused by straight line winds with speeds of 60-70 mph.
Now, it’s almost all gone.
Short still plans to have the sale, she said. She just needs more donations to make it happen.
“We will have it right here in this yard,” she said. “We don’t have a building, (but) we still have a barn."