Ashland County: Tornado touch down confirmed

11:37 AM, Jul 11, 2013   |    comments
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  • ROWSBURG -- The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Ashland County during the strong storms that swept through Wednesday.

    The twister, categorized as a weak EF0, touched down at 3:56 p.m. near the intersection of County roads 1302 and 251 in Rowsburg.

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    With an estimated wind speed of 75 mph and a width of 15 yards, storm officials say the twister swirled for approximately one mile intermittently at tree-top height.

    Several trees were snapped or blown over. Weather officials say a house was heavily damaged by fallen trees.

    A barn reportedly toppled due to a combination of straight line and tornadic winds. Five livestock animals inside that barn perished, with several more injured.

    Crops were also flattened in fields along the damage path.

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