His 71-year-old wife, Linda, was in a different part of the house and also survived, he said. They found each other while crawling through the remnants of the house they have lived in since 1972.
“We’re living, and God has blessed us,” Mr. Scott, a retired manager for a grocery store meat department, said Sunday as neighbors helped him salvage his belongings.
In Ohio, a tornado touched down at about 5 p.m. on Sunday in Shelby, a town of 10,000 about 90 miles southwest of Cleveland. About a half-dozen homes were damaged, and at least six people were injured.
“If there is a silver lining to the cloud that passed us, was the time, day and location — just a half a mile to the north and our residential neighborhoods would have been devastated,” Lance Combs, the police chief, said on Facebook on Sunday night.
The storm, though, didn’t spare the Rocket Chevrolet dealership. An aerial video showed its main structure severely damaged, with tidy rows of untouched vehicles in its lot.
High winds whipped much of the Eastern United States on Sunday, from Ohio to Pennsylvania and from New York south to the Florida Panhandle. Those reports included many tornado warnings, but not necessarily confirmed tornadoes, weather officials said.
The same storm system caused some late-season heavy snow, ranging from four to six inches, in northern Illinois, southwestern Wisconsin and parts of the lower peninsula of Michigan.