Crews are working to get the damaged Beavercreek, Ohio buildings secure after a tornado touched down Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

Tornado damage keeps businesses closed

Caution tape is still up at the Greene Crossing Shopping Center today after a tornado damaged some businesses and sent two people to the hospital yesterday.

Power is still out to several shops, including Hancock Fabric, the Sake restaurant, Mattress Firm, Fitworks and Performance Bicycle. Kmart has signs up saying the store is closed. The Waffle House is also closed and has roof damage.

Trees and bricks remain on the ground in the parking lot, and several light poles are bent. Several cars that were tossed on their tops have been towed.

The EF-1 tornado was 70 yards wide and traveled a half mile a little after 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Fitworks may have had the most damage.

Employee Catherine South was inside when the storm moved through. She said she’s thankful to be alive today.

“You don’t take anything for granted. It could have been my life,” she said. “We have a lot to be thankful for. No one was hurt and for that I’m grateful.”

Dayton Power and Light has crews in the area assessing damage in neighborhoods and working to restore power.

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