`Mini-tornado’ rips through Whittier neighborhood

first_img“It’s going to be cheaper to fix it myself,” Murdock said. His neighbor, Robert Ostrom, can’t say the same. Approximately 20 to 25 asphalt shingles from his rootop and about 20 feet of trim from the roof of his his front porch were ripped off. “I heard some wind and the house shook like in an earthquake,” he said. Neighbor Norma Meisner, who heard “tiny footsteps” run across her rooftop at about 1:45 p.m. alerted Ostrom of the damage to his roof, which she noticed when she was inspecting her own home. WHITTIER – Three neighbors in a quiet cul de sac in unincorporated Whittier experienced what they called a “mini-tornado,” which damaged their roofs and outdoor furniture Monday afternoon. “I was sitting at the kitchen table,” said James Murdock, who lives on the 17700 block of Mayes Drive, “and I looked out the window and I saw the patio chair blow across the yard.” Murdock, who has lived at the same address for 14 years, couldn’t remember anything like it before. When the incident was over – after about 45 seconds – he surveyed his yard and saw a portion of his sheet metal roof was curled up and the blinds directly under it were shredded. Meisner and her husband, Kenneth, who have lived on the 15500 eastern block of Sharonhill Drive for 42 years, suffered damage to their patio furniture. “I couldn’t believe it when I saw the wind take the umbrella and the glass top,” Meisner said of the couple’s patio table. “And the weatherman said it was going to be a calm day,” Kenneth Meisner said just as he finished sweeping the broken glass. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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