Weather Service confirms 5 northern Ohio tornadoes

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  • CLEVELAND - The National Weather Service has confirmed two more tornadoes late Thursday, bringing the total to five from yesterday's violent storms.

    PHOTOS | Storms slam northern Ohio

    An EF1 twister with winds between 90 and 100 m.p.h. struck in the Mineral City area near Bolivar in Tuscarawas County between 4:44 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Wednesday according to the Pittsburgh office of the National Weather Service. Damage began along OH-212 and increased in Mineral City where the roof of the fire house was uplifted and cinder block walls collapsed. Several homes in the town lost shingles and windows were blown out on northwest facing walls. Many trees were also downed and no injuries were reported.

    Another EF1 tornado with winds between 100 and 110 m.p.h. began northwest of Kilgore in Carroll County and continued to the Jefferson County linefrom 5:07 p.m. to 5:19 p.m. The worst damage occurred along a broad 150 yard wide swath where trees were flattened through uprooting or snapping. The storm then lifted quickly near Calvary Road.

    In Sandusky County, a tornado struck in the city of Bellevue at 3:13 p.m. when an EFO tornado with estimated winds of 75 m.p.h. hit the ground along Flat Rock Road just north of Kilbourne.

    The storm surveyors believe this tornado may have been at tree top level because of most of the damage was confined to trees and rooftops. One house did lose the fencing on a second story porch and another home had the door on an attached garage blown in. Other parts of Bellevue had damage from downburst winds with nearly every street having downed trees.

    Another confirmed tornado started in Reed Township in Seneca County at 2:24 p.m. and was rated a stronger EF1 tornado with winds near 90 m.p.h. That tornado first touched down at the intersection of County Road 27 and Township Road 122. The tornado continued off and on for nearly 10 miles and crossed into Huron County and lifted near Bellevue Reservoir in Huron County.

    Several barns lost roofs. One home had a second story wall partially collapse. The attached garage on one home lost its garage door and was lifted from its foundation. Other straight line wind damge affected corn crops and was significant.

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

    Enhanced Fujita Scale

    EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH
    EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH
    EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH
    EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH
    EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH
    EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH

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