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OREGON, OH (Toledo News Now) -
People are still picking up the pieces after Sunday's storms rolled through the area. Communities, like Oregon, who were struck by tornadoes are slowly making progress in their clean-up efforts. Many are clearing debris and chopping down trees, trying to get back to normal - or as close as can be.
The National Weather Service confirmed four tornados touched down in northwest Ohio Sunday, including in part of Oregon. The second tornado hit Perrysburg and traveled more than 10 miles into Oregon. Classified as an EF2, it was on the ground for about 20 minutes with winds speeds between 120 to 125 mph.
Many people in the community are pulling together to help those in need.
"It hurts, you know? It makes you feel bad for them. And you want to do whatever you can," said volunteer Ryan Turkopp.
It's been a group effort by Kevin and Kim Hall's friends to get the couple back on their feet, after Sunday's storm left them without a roof.
"Hopefully by the end of the week, things will somewhat get back to normal, you know, get the power on and see where we are at from there," said Kevin Hall.
When the storm rolled through, Kevin, Kim and their two kids were in downtown Toledo at a Walleye game.
"I think the biggest thing is when I came home I just said, 'I thank God we were not in the home and thank God we're all OK.' Truly that's all that matters," said Kim Hall.
But, the Halls are still worried because their cat is missing.
"She's a little, tiny, black cat. Her name is Lilly. She has green eyes and we're still looking for her," said Kim Hall.
Comfort for the couple comes from their friends, who have pulled together in their time of need.
"It's kind of sad to see all of this stuff happen to everybody, and now the long road ahead," said Brandon Weinstein.
It's a long road, indeed, because now the family has to learn how to accept living somewhere else.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet that a tornado came through here. You know? You just wake up and do what you got to do," said Kevin Hall.
The Halls will be staying with family members until they can find a rental home.
Zach Johnson said his group of friends will be going around the community helping with all they
can because they strongly believe people should come together during times like
"This is what you're supposed to do. Your suppose to help out and ask for nothing in return. It's how you're suppose to act in the community," said Mr. Johnson.