LIMA — Jan Hofacker went to bed not thinking anything about the weather report calling for wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour.
Shortly after 1 a.m. Friday morning, she was awakened by what “sounded like a bomb going off.”
“My apartment rattled,” she said.
When she went downstairs and turned on the outside lights, she found the large tree in her back yard, estimated to be more than 100 years old, had been blown down, parts of it landing on her roof, patio fence and shed.
“I’ve lived here for 40 years and nothing close to this has ever happened,” she said of North Lake Apartments on Patricia Drive.
The destroyed shed upset her the most.
“I have insurance on everything, but the shed … my father-in-law built that for me about 10 years ago. He passed away two years ago,” she said of Gerald “Slim” Hofacker.
Jan also lost her husband, Gary, and a brother-in-law that year to cancer.
“Then the pandemic came and now this,” she said.
“You just got to keep going, I guess,” she said. “That’s all you can do.”