Mother Nature threw a punch at Oregon's iconic drive-in theater, and forced shoppers and employees at Meijer to take cover in the back of the store to ride out the storm. The storm did so much damage, it even shut down Pearson Park.
Meijer shoppers and workers had to huddle in the back of the Woodville Road store in Oregon during Sunday evening's storm. Witnesses say the roof "rippled" as the storm moved overhead, causing pipes to break and windows at the front of the store to bow. Employees directed shoppers to the back of the store to the storeroom area.
Oregon also suffered storm damage with reports near Pearson Park and Clay High School.
One of the two screens at the Sundance Kid Drive-In on Navarre Avenue was blown down during the storm. Bent, broken and storm-battered is the best way to describe it. Winds reaching upwards of 60 mph toppled it onto its side, destroying it.
This is the first time one of the screens has been severely damaged by weather in its 50+ years of operation.
"It's very sad," said owner Jim Walter. "It's a sad moment. Somewhat shocking too, ya know? For anybody that lives in Oregon and drives by, it's probably pretty shocking to see."
There is no word yet on damage costs. A dollar amount is expected later this week when it's fully assessed. Still, management says it will be rebuilt. The owner is working with the insurance company and hopes to have it operating by spring of next year.
Trees in Pearson Park were snapped right in half. Those that fell on the ground closed the trails along Lallendorf, Wynn and Navarre. Winds were so strong during the storm, that debris from homes a quarter-mile away blew into the park.
Crews are currently cleaning up, moving and shredding trees. Officials say they did not have any damage to any of their facilities, but they estimate at least 100 trees were destroyed.
"It was just a mess. You couldn't even drive through. You could barely walk through right behind us. We had to climb over trees and stuff. Our crew right now is working really hard to get this open," said Park Ranger Brad Navarre.
Officials say they're working to have the park open by Tuesday. They also want to warn people to stay off the trails because of dangerous hanging limbs. They plan on updating their website with the latest information.
One man waited for the storm to blast through...in his car.
"It happened all at once. It sounded like a train was coming and it was just that quick," said John Kreais.
Kreais says it took 15-20 seconds for the storms that rolled through Sunday to devastate his home, breaking windows, snapping trees and dropping power lines.
"I was scared, you know? You can replace everything, but I was scared for myself and my wife," said Kreais.
Kreais was on his way home from work when the storm rolled through. He had to ride it out in his car, while his wife and dog braced themselves inside.
"The car started to lift up a few times, and I just got down in the seat and ducked," said Kreais.
"The amount of suction that sucked us when the windows were breaking was crazy!" said Tammy Kreais.
Separated for the brief moment of terror, the Kreais' are thankful for life and the help they've received from the community, especially from several Cardinal Stritch High School students.
"Our school has been through a lot of tragedy, or whatever, and the big thing is to help people when they need it. Because when we were at our lowest, the community helped us get back up. So, this is what we're trying to do for the community," said Austin Pratt.
Now the family is putting what they could save in a trailer.
"We're just trying our best to put things back together. That's all we can do," said Tammy Kreais.
"No one got hurt or killed that I know of, and I'm just glad of that," said John Kreais.
The Kreais home is a total loss. The couple plans on staying with his parents Monday night.