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NWS confirms EF0 tornado touched down in Delaware County on Monday

DELAWARE COUNTY, Ohio — The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado briefly touched down Monday evening in Delaware County.

The NWS said the tornado touched down four miles east of Delaware at p.m. and lifted four-and-a-half miles northwest of Sunbury at p.m.

The tornado is believed to have started in a field west of Jumper Road. 

The tornado was rated as an EF0, with maximum winds of 80 mph.

Trees and large limbs were knocked down and a roof was partially lifted off a home.

The tornado likely went across Alum Creek, causing damage along 3 Bs and K Road before lifting.

Storm damage was also observed around Lewis Center in Delaware County and in the Marysville area of Union County, but those were the results of straight-line winds, according to the National Weather Service.

There were no reports of injuries from the tornado.


June is peak month for tornadoes in Ohio

We're right off the heels of the anniversary of the Memorial Day outbreak of tornadoes in Ohio, which killed one person in his Celina home. 

What You Need To Know

  • June is the peak month for tornadoes in Ohio

  • Ohio averages about tornadoes each June

  • Over have touched down in Ohio in June since

While tornadoes have touched down in every month in our state, June is the most common month for tornadoes to occur. December and January have very low totals for tornado reports, each with fewer than 10 since

As warmer air arrives in the spring and summer, stronger thunderstorms develop more frequently. When enough low-level wind shear is present, those storms can produce tornadoes. From April to August, tornadoes are not uncommon. However, that peaks in June.

We've seen over (, to be precise) tornadoes from to in Ohio. That means, on average, we see around every year. There are years when none have been reported, though. As recently as , no June tornadoes touched down in the state. 

Other years have looked very different. 

On June 9, , a tornado touched down in Miami County near Sugar Grove, courtesy of the remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal. The following day, tornadoes were reported in Ross and Columbiana Counties. All were EF-0s, the weakest tornadoes on the Enhanced Fujita scale.

Stronger and deadly tornadoes have occurred in June, though. 

In , a tornado hit Sandusky in the late afternoon on June 28, killing 8, before moving across Lake Erie into Lorain, where it killed 64 more people. In total, about were injured.

Another outbreak in produced a tornado on the evening of June 8 that destroyed homes in Wood and Sandusky Counties. Two hours later, another tornado passed just south of Elyria and hit the edge of the airport before moving onto Lake Erie near Cleveland. Both of those tornadoes killed 8 people and injured in total. F-4 damage was found.

If you're in a Tornado Warning this season, seek shelter either in a basement or in a strong, sturdy building. Put as many walls between you and the outdoors as possible, usually in a bathroom or closet on the first floor. 

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DELAWARE, Ohio — A small tornado touched down Monday in Delaware County, creating winds of up to 80 mph that knocked down multiple trees and damaged the roof of a home.

The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado touched down at p.m. about four miles east of the city of Delaware, which is just north of Columbus. It lasted three minutes and traveled about miles, with a maximum width of yards. The tornado lifted just west of Interstate

It was ranked as an EF0, the weakest using the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The most powerful is an EF5, which has winds over mph.

There were no injuries reported. However, the Weather Service says multiple trees were knocked down or damaged, and there was “sporadic” structural damage, including the partial uplift of a roof on one home.

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Ohio's tornado history and what to do if you're caught in a twister

Communities throughout Ohio participated in a statewide tornado warning drill Wednesday morning as part of the state’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.

A high wind watch was also issued for Thursday night through Friday morning for most of Northeast Ohio.

According to the National Weather Service, there were 19 confirmed tornadoes in Ohio in More than 1, tornados have touched down in Ohio since , including 38 events that rated at least F4 on the Fujita scale, meaning major damage with winds reaching above mph.

A tornado funnel moves through the southeast Pine Crest Garden section of Xenia, Ohio, April 5, (AP Photo/Fred Stewart)

Ohio tornado facts

• 57% of Ohio's tornadoes have struck in May, June or July.

• Just four Ohio tornadoes since have received the most severe F5 designation. The last time was May 31, when an F5 tornado through Portage and Trumbull counties claimed 10 lives. There were 10 other tornadoes in Ohio that day.

• Called the “Palm Sunday tornadoes” by the National Severe Storms Laboratory, the deadliest single day for Ohio tornadoes since was April 11, , when 60 people died. There were 11 tornadoes that day. The deadliest, starting between Oberlin and Wellington and stretching 22 miles into Cuyahoga County, claimed 18 lives.

• The most destructive date for tornadoes in Ohio was on April 3, , as 16 tornadoes touched down, including F5 strength storms in Green, Clark and Hamilton counties that led to 39 deaths and 1, injuries. The storms caused more than $ million in property damage. Heaviest hit was Xenia, where an F5 tornado with winds between and mph decimated nearly half of the city. There was only one hospital left standing, and it was packed with nearly 2, people.

• There were 29 tornadoes in Ohio on July 12, , and 19 on Nov. 10, , the most of any days since

• There were 61 tornadoes in , the most since The only year with no tornadoes in Ohio was

• Less than 4% of Ohio tornadoes have resulted in death.

Know where to go when sheltering from a tornado.
Know your safe place from tornadoes.

Tornado safety tips

• Go to a safe shelter immediately, such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar or a small interior room on the lowest level of a sturdy building.

• Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.

• Do not go under an overpass or bridge. You’re safer in a low, flat location.

• Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death.

• Use your arms to protect your head and neck.

• If you can’t stay at home, make plans to go to a public shelter.

Source: The National Weather Service

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NWS Confirms At Least 11 Tornado Touchdowns In Ohio This Week

Survey teams from multiple National Weather Service officies have been busy the last few days investigating damage caused by the storms late Tuesday night in northern and eastern Ohio, and storm from Wednesday night in southern Ohio. As of publishing of this story, these teams have found at least 11 locations where tornadoes touched down in Ohio. Survey teams are still out investigating and additional confirmations are possible later today or tomorrow.

Medina/Lorain County: An EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of mph, a maximum width of yards, and path length of miles touched down several miles southeast of Grafton in Lorain County at PM EDT. A barn was destroyed at around PM EDT in Grafton Township. The tornado path then became intermittent along the Lorain and Medina County line where damage consistent of an EF-0 was found. The tornado finally continued southeast into the city of Medina where both EF-0 and EF-1 damage was found. Extensive damage to trees and power lines was found in the city of Medina. The tornado lifted just south of the city of Medina at PM EDT.

Summit County: An EF-1 tornado with estimated maximum winds of 90 mph, a maximum width of yards, and a path length of miles touched down in the town of Barberton in Summit County at PM EDT. There was extensive damage to trees and power lines as well as numerous trees uprooted and blown down along the path. Some trees were snapped. Several trees fell on to homes, outbuildings, and cars. The tornado path then became intermittent between Barberton and Green as it tracked southeastward. The tornado finally lifted west of the Akron-Canton Regional Airport at AM EDT on 04/08/

Stark County: An EF0 tornado produced around 80 mph wind speeds. Intermittent Path starting 2 miles west of Massillon then to Sparta around am, reaching the Stark/Tuscarawas County line near OH at am. Uprooted or damaged trees were observed along the intermittent path. Some of the trees did fall onto homes. A few homes had minor to moderate roof damage. 

Tuscarawas County: This is a continuation of the tornado that impacted East Sparta in Stark County.The tornado resulted in damage to several modular homes and brought down numerous hardwood and softwood trees in the Sandy Valley Estates allotment along Route It then moved across SR damaging two additional structures before moving toward Sandy Valley High School, where it toppled additional hardwood trees and damagedstructures near the ballfields.

This is the 16th tornado for Tuscarawas County since the s for which we were notified of damage. The most recent tornado prior to this occurred on April 14th, when another EF0 tornado was observed.

Vinton County: Brief tornado touchdown occurred along Ohio miles WNW of Wilkesville. A new double-wide mobile home was shifted off the block foundation and turned in a westerly direction. Nearby, a garage was destroyed. Another nearby mobile home was blown a few feet off it`s foundation in a southerly direction. Clear rotation was also evident in the direction several uprooted trees were laying and in debris scattered across the property.

Columbiana County 1: In East Fairfield, Damage Along This Mile Path Was Relatively Continuous And Of Varying Intensity. Numerous Hardwood And Softwood Trees Suffered Damage, Either Being Uprooted Or Snapped At The Trunk Completely. Some Outbuildings Lost Metal Roof Panels, And One Less-Sturdy Building Lost Walls, Causing It To Collapse Completely. This Ef1 Tornado Track Ended Along Carmel Achor Road Just West Of State Route

Columbiana County 2: In Union Ridge, A Second, Discrete But Compact Track Of Damage Was Noted Beginning To The West Of The Prior Tornado Track Along Carmel Achor Road And Coincident With A Separate Radar-Indicated Circulation. This Mile Track Appears To Be Limited To Tree Damage. The Track Crossed Route And Curved Along Pancake Clarkson Road, Crossing At The State Line With Pennsylvania. The Ef0 Tornado Path Continued Into Beaver County Pa And Rapidly Weakened.

Brown County 1: 

Start Location miles southwest of Fayetteville in Brown County Ohio

End Location mile south-southwest of Fayetteville in Brown County Ohio

DateApr 8

Estimated Starting Time pm EDT

Estimated Ending Time pm EDT

Maximum EF-Scale RatingEF-0

Estimated Maximum Wind Speed mph

Brown County 2: 

.Lake Lorelei Tornado

Start Location miles west of Fayetteville in Brown County Ohio

End Location mile northwest of Fayetteville in Brown County Ohio

DateApr 08

Estimated Start Time PM EDT

Estimated End Time PM EDT

Maximum EF-Scale RatingEF-0

Estimated Maximum Wind Speed mph

Maximum Path Width yards

Path Length miles

Clinton Into Brown County: This EF0 tornado touched down in far southwestern Clinton County just west of SR It moved east southeast across SR, lifting just across the Brown County border.

Clermont County: EF0 tornado near Edenton. This tornado caused tree damage on Garrison Spurling Road, and roof damage to homes on Edenton Pleasant Plain Road.

Tornado Damage Near Barberton, OH

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Tornado Damage Near Grafton, OH

Tornado Damage Near Grafton, OH Image Via NWS CLE

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All Columbus Data

This page will detail all tornado events within the Columbus metro area. Descriptions of damage come from newspaper articles, NCDC storm events summaries and other sources. Individual event tornadoes are listed by county and chronological order. Multi-county or multi-county path tornadoes are listed under the Multi-County list after individual tornadoes.

**Last updated- 5/24/ added tornadoes to Franklin, Fairfield, Licking and Pickaway Counties

County-Specific Events

Delaware County
Delaware County has recorded 9 tornadoes since

Monday, September 7,
A line of strong storms moving through Delaware County produced a brief EF0 tornado. This tornado touched down first just southwest of the Jumper Road and Bowtown Road intersection. From there, the tornado moved generally east-southeast to Old State Road before turning southeast. It moved across Alum Creek at Howard Road and then continued southeast until just past Three B&#;s and K Road, where it lifted. Most of the damage in the mile path consisted of downed trees and limbs, though at least one home had its roof partially lifted in winds that reached about 80MPH. There were no injuries or deaths. For more information, go here:

Saturday, August 20,
An EF0 tornado touched down at PM just south of Buckeye Valley Middle School in Delaware County. The tornado proceeded north-northeast into a residential area where it downed a few trees and limbs, as well as causing some roof damage on Coover Road. The tornado lifted thereafter until it crossed US just west of Delaware Dam, damaging trees on the west side of the highway. The tornado then moved through Delaware State Park where it mostly caused tree damage and some minor damage to a few boats. There were no reported injuries or deaths.

Tree damage from the August 20, tornado in Delaware State Park.

Thursday, September 16,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Wednesday, September 20,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Thursday, August 14,
A brief EF0 tornado touched down southeast of the / intersection in Delaware County. The yard-ward tornado caused no damage, but did result in one injury.

Fairfield County
Fairfield County has seen 18 tornadoes since

Wednesday, April 20,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Monday, February 28,
This EF1 tornado first touched down south of Millersport near the intersection of Millersport Road and Canal Road, and then continued east-northeast until it lifted near Cattail Road just south of Walnut Creek. The tornado damaged several farm buildings, as well as at least 2 homes along its nearly mile path. For more information, check here:

Destroyed farm buildings from the tornado.

Saturday, September 23,
An EF0 tornado made a few short touchdowns in the northern half of Lancaster in Fairfield County, destroying a garage and downing trees and power lines. The yard-wide tornado caused no deaths or injuries, but about $30, in damage along a less than half-mile total path.
A 2nd tornado, a yard-wide EF1 began a short mile path a few miles northeast of Bremen in Fairfield County where it damaged a home and garage. It caused $, in damage, but no injuries or deaths.

Tuesday, May 23,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Thursday, April 3,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Thursday, May 10,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Thursday, May 22,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Franklin County
There have been 33 confirmed tornadoes in the county since

Wednesday, September 26,
An EF1 touched down in Olde Towne East on East Mound Street between S. Ohio and S. Champion Avenue at AM. From there, the tornado moved east-northeastward for miles to a position just south of Broad Street near the Town & Country Shopping Center. The yard-wide tornado damaged trees and power poles in Olde Towne East and Bexley before damaging several homes in the Mayfair neighborhood near E. Broad and James Road. The tornado lifted at AM. Damage totaled about $K, but there were no injuries or deaths.

September 26, tornado damage in the Mayfair neighborhood.

More information and damage photos can be found here:

Tuesday, April 3,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Wednesday, July 2,
A weak EF0 tornado spun up with a line of severe thunderstorms. A tornado warning was issued at PM as radar indicated rotation in northwest Franklin County. The tornado briefly dropped for about 2/10ths of a mile in Dublin, where it damaged 6 homes and downed trees, but caused no injuries or deaths.

Sunday, June 2,
Around 4pm, a weak EF0 tornado touched down for about 10 seconds near the intersection of Morse Road and Cherry Bottom Road. The yard-wide tornado traveled a less than mile path, damaging a few dozen trees and destroying a construction trailer. Damage was in the $25, range. There were no injuries or deaths.

Tuesday, June 17,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Thursday, April 3,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Wednesday, May 30,
At PM, an EF2 tornado touched down at the Defense Construction Supply Center (DCSC) at E. Broad Street. The tornado heavily damaged 4 warehouses and destroyed dozens of cars in a parking lot. The tornado moved in a northeasterly direction from there, lifting up and touching back down several times. It struck the plant of Rockwell International Corporation at E. 5th Avenue next, tearing off most of the roof of a plant building. The tornado then hit Port Columbus (now John Glenn International) where it moved a jetliner feet. Operations there were suspended for only about 15 minutes. Finally, the tornado destroyed a house east of Hamilton Road and south of Havens Corners Road. The yard-wide tornado traveled about 2 miles in all, caused 2 injuries and $ million in damages.

The 5/30/ tornado as it passed over the Airport Golf Course.

Friday, May 25,
At around PM, the public reported a funnel cloud on the West Side of Columbus, about 6 miles outside of Downtown. The EF2 tornado touched down shortly afterward, first striking the Westinghouse Electric Corporation complex at Phillipi Road. There, it blew out feet of a plant building wall while removing part of the roof of another. A man in the Westinghouse parking lot was picked up and carried approximately 75 feet, but was not injured. The tornado also blew out showroom windows and knocked down signs in the area before lifting. The less than quarter-mile track of the yard-wide tornado caused about $, in damage. No injuries were reported.

The damage at Westinghouse Electric Corporation caused by the 5/25/ tornado.

Thursday, May 10,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Thursday, September 12,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Monday, October 8,
A small tornado occurred in Columbus and Pickerington between AM-1AM, but while it was confirmed by the US Weather Bureau at the time, it does not show up in the official storm records at NCDC. In any case, the reported tornado first hit the Joyce Iron and Metal Company building in Columbus, taking its roof. It then hit a farm near the intersection of Refugee Road and Miller Road, damaging 4 buildings and carrying debris half a mile. No EF ranking or other data exists for this tornado.

Friday, July 28,
A yard-wide EF0 tornado traveled about 1 mile along Scioto-Darby Creek Road west of Hilliard. Touching down just before midnight, it destroyed several farm buildings, caused significant damage to a pair of homes and killed about chickens. No injuries or deaths occurred.

Damage to a home at Scioto-Darby Creek Road on 7/28/

Sunday, July 5,
At PM, an EF1 tornado touched down between Darbydale and Lambert Road just south of London-Groveport Road in southwest Franklin County. The tornado did not last long and caused no injuries or deaths. The only damage was to some trees and outbuildings.

Friday, June 13,
A small tornado hit Lockbourne Air Force Base (now Rickenbacker) during the late morning hours. The tornado damaged a pair of hangers, took the roof off of a shop, flipped cars and pushed large planes down the runway. Due to base security, formal damage surveys were not done and therefore information on EF rank, path, etc. are not known. No injuries or deaths occurred.

Monday, April 28,
A strong cold front spun up a brief EF0 tornado just southeast of the Dublin Road/Grandview Avenue intersection on the West Side of Columbus. The yard-wide tornado was only on the ground for a few seconds, limiting damage and causing no injuries or deaths.

Monday, October 11,
An EF1 tornado struck farm buildings at around PM at Georgesville Road. The farm had the roofs of 3 barns removed while other buildings received damage as well. Trees and power lines were also downed across the street. No injuries or deaths were reported, and damage was in the $3, range in the less than quarter-mile path.

A damaged barn from the 10/11/ tornado.

Monday, June 26,
An EF0 tornado briefly touched down near the intersection of Cranwood Drive and Ambleside Drive in North Columbus. The yard-wide tornado caused about $25, in damages, particularly to trees and power lines.

Thursday, May 2,
A tornado briefly touched down in Franklinton during the afternoon. It struck the area around Sullivant Avenue, where the Columbus Police Headquarters and workhouse were located. The tornado destroyed most of the workhouse, killing 2 prisoners residing there on misdemeanor charges. Several other inmates were injured and 7 took advantage of the situation and escaped the building. The tornado also downed trees, tore off the roofs of a few houses and destroyed a gas station. The HQ and workhouse, built in , were eventually demolished in

Damage to the workhouse at the Columbus Police HQ building from the 5/2/ tornado.

Wednesday, July 23,
Between 4 and 5pm, a storm rolled across the city with a likely low end tornado. Damage was not particularly severe, with most consisting of downed trees and limbs. However, a home under construction near Mt. Vernon Avenue was destroyed down to the first floor. Multiple sheds, a stable, the brick front of a store, chimneys and many roofs were damaged or destroyed throughout the Downtown area, as well as the Near East Side. The reported swirling motion of the winds and debris patterns strongly suggests this was a tornado.
The day also brought severe weather to Plain City in Union County, where straight-line winds damaged roofs and flattened crops.

Hocking County
The county has recorded only 5 tornadoes since

May th, Outbreak
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Thursday, September 16,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Friday, March 19,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Licking County
Licking County had had 21 confirmed tornadoes since

Wednesday, September 20,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Sunday, June 1,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

May 16, #1
A small EF0 tornado touched down briefly on the southwest side of Utica in Licking County, causing only minor damage and no injuries or deaths.

Thursday, September 12,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Thursday, June 5,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Friday, June 24,
A tornado touched down around am just west of Benedict Drive in Johnstown. The EF1 tornado traveled less than feet, but managed to destroy a barn and hurl the pieces into a house at 85 Benedict Drive before taking off the roof as well. The tornado then lifted before coming down again briefly in Downtown Johnstown where it brought down trees and power lines and damaged more buildings. There was only 1 injury.

Damage to 85 Benedict Drive from the 6/24/ tornado.

Tuesday, July 22,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Sunday, May 22,
A probable small tornado struck near St. Louisville, 4 miles north of Newark in Licking County. The storm did about $5, in damage when it destroyed a barn, some outbuildings and about 25 trees.

Madison County
Madison County has had 13 tornadoes since

Monday, May 18,
An EF0 tornado struck Lilly Chapel in Madison County. The tornado was only on the ground for about 5 minutes on a mile path, packing winds of 85MPH. There were no injuries or deaths. More information can be found here:

Tuesday, April 3,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Thursday, April 3,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Thursday, May 10,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Morrow County
Morrow County has recorded 15 tornadoes since

Tuesday, May 11,
An EF0 tornado touched down in rural Morrow County just to the southeast of Marengo at PM. The initial touchdown was near the intersection of County Road and Webb Road. The tornado continued east northeast for around two miles before lifting near the intersection of Township Roads and Five homes were damaged and dozens of trees downed along the damage path which was no more than 50 yards in width. Four of the five homes sustained minor damage, mostly from lost shingles or siding. The fifth, a manufactured home, lost most of it&#;s roof and large sections of siding. The tornado lifted at PM. It caused about $, in damage, but no injuries or deaths.

Perry County
Perry County has recorded 12 tornadoes since

May th, Outbreak
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Tuesday, April 3,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Thursday, September 16,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Tuesday, May 23,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Pickaway County
Pickaway County has had 22 confirmed tornadoes since

May th, Outbreak
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Thursday, September 16,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Saturday, June 2,
A weak EF0 tornado moved through southern portions of Circleville at around PM. The tornado touched down between Canal Road and the Scioto River to the northwest of Logan Elm Village. It moved eastward on a half-mile track, damaging a restaurant roof, pushing a trailer off its foundation, damaging several cars at a dealership and downing trees and power lines.

Saturday, September 23,
An yard-wide EF0 tornado briefly touched down in a field about half a mile directly south of Rickenbacker in Pickaway County. It was only only the ground a few seconds and caused no damage.

Wednesday, October 13,
At about PM an EF3 tornado hit parts of Circleville in Pickaway County. The tornado touched down first about west of Circleville just west of the State Rt 56/22 intersection where it pulled a small shed off of its foundation before destroying a section of a construction building along Rt After this, the tornado lifted and then touched down in a more developed area in town. It destroyed a building housing two businesses on North Court Street and ripped the roof off of a section of a strip mall, ejecting furniture from inside the structure. A large sign weighing several hundred pounds was ripped from its foundation and blown twenty feet away. A tractor trailer with a load of 18 to 19 tons was blown over and dragged ten feet away from where it landed. The tornado then proceeded to a housing development where several homes were destroyed along and near Fairlawn Avenue. Several roofs were ripped off and garages were either destroyed or moved from their foundations. Trees were twisted and broken off at their bases and carports were also torn from nearby houses. Damage exceeded $4 Million and there were 6 injuries. The tornado packed winds up to MPH, reached a maximum width of yards and traveled about miles.

Damage to a home from the 10/13/ Circleville tornado.

Thursday, April 3,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak
April ,

*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Thursday, June 5,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Friday, April 19,
This yard-wide EF1 tornado was part of an outbreak of 10 tornadoes across Ohio. It was the only one within the Columbus metro during the outbreak. It touched down for less than half a mile at PM just north of Williamsport in Pickaway County. Damage details are not known, but the tornado caused 1 injury and about $25, in damage.

Thursday, May 22,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Friday, March 19,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Union County
Union County has recorded 10 tornadoes since

Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak
April ,

*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Thursday, September 12,
*See Multi-County Outbreaks below.*

Multi-County Outbreaks and Tornadoes with Multi-County Paths

May th, Outbreak
In the 2nd largest tornado outbreak in Ohio history, 21 tornadoes would strike the state. The worst tornado was a long-track EF4 in the Dayton area. These same storms would go on to enter the Columbus metro and produce a handful of weaker tornadoes in Pickaway, Perry and Hocking counties, as listed below.
Tornado #1
This EF1 tornado touched down southeast of Circleville around 1AM and travelled miles in a general east-southeast direction. The yard-wide tornado had winds that reached up to MPH and caused damage to trees, homes and other buildings along its path. Full details on the damage can be found here:

Damage along Ludwig-Dresback Road in Pickaway County.

Tornado #2
The second tornado in the series dropped at AM on State Route 56 just west of Salt Creek Elementary School in Pickaway County before lifting a few minutes later near Tarlton-Adelphi Road. The EF1 tornado had a mile path and was about 75 yards in width. Winds reached MPH or more. More details can be found here:
Tornado #3
At AM, the strongest tornado in the series, an EF2, touched down just inside Hocking County at the Union Road/Twp. Highway intersection and moved east-northeast on a mile path. Winds were estimated at MPH or higher. Damage details can be found here:

Tornado #4
The final tornado in the Columbus metro area was also the 2nd to last to be confirmed in Ohio (An EF0 briefly touched down from this storm in Vinton County). This yard-wide EF1 touched down in Perry County at Twp. Road 71A at AM and travelled to the east-southeast on a mile path that ended just inside Muskingum County. Winds reached at least MPH. Details can be found here:
Overall, the Central Ohio tornadoes caused about $4 million in damages, but luckily did not kill or injure any people.

Tuesday, April 3,
A mini outbreak of 5 tornadoes hit Ohio, 3 of which occurred within the Columbus metro.
Tornado #1
An EF0 tornado with winds of about 85MPH touched down briefly on a farm along Roberts Mill Road in Madison County at PM. The tornado damaged some buildings on the farm before lifting.
Tornado #2
At PM, an EF1 tornado touched down in Grove City just south of Orders Road near the Grove City First Baptist Church. From there it moved generally northeast for miles. Winds reached MPH along its path. It lifted near Stringtown Road. More information can be found here:

Tornado #3
The 3rd and final Central Ohio tornado of April 3, touched down in Perry County about an hour after the Grove City tornado. An EF0 first touched down just north of Baltimore-Somerset Road NE between Twp. Road 15 and Ridenour Road. From there, the tornado travelled about miles in an easterly direction before lifting up at Bruno Road. The area is sparsely populated, so the tornado&#;s 75MPHMPH winds mostly down trees and caused damage to a few residential trailers. More information can be found here:

Sunday, November 5,
A Midwest tornado outbreak brought 16 Ohio tornadoes, now the 4th largest outbreak in Ohio history.
**Coming Soon**

Wednesday, April 20,
An outbreak of 15 tornadoes hit Ohio between April The Columbus metro recorded 6, all of which occurred in the early morning hours of the 20th. This multi-state outbreak was the opening event of a very active tornadic week across the Eastern US that would eventually spawn tornadoes through April 24th.
Tornado #1: The first tornado in the series came down in Pickaway County at AM. The EF1, having winds of MPH, had the longest path of the 6 at miles. The tornado touched down on Main Street (Egypt Pike) on the south side of New Holland. The tornado moved slight north of due east to Rt. east-southeast of Atlanta before lifting. It destroyed several farm buildings, including 3 barns and grain bin. Several treees were also downed. No injuries or deaths occurred.
Tornado #3: The second tornado touched down at AM on the morning of April 20th. Touchdown occurred at London-Lancaster Road on the border of Rickenbacker in southern Franklin County. The EF1 travelled about miles almost due east to a point just west of Richardson Road. The yard-wide tornado&#;s winds reached up to MPH along its path. Due to the area being mostly undeveloped, damage was limited. Damage consisted of uprooted trees, roof damage to two homes, downed power poles and significant damage to a large storage shed. No injuries or deaths were reported.
Tornado #3: The second tornado touched down about 2 miles east-northeast of Groveport in Franklin County at AM. This small EF0 had a path of about yards and winds up to 83MPH. Touchdown occurred at Rager Road about midway between Groveport Road and US 33, and travelled eastward. Damage was almost entirely concentrated at a greenhouse complex near the touchdown site. Several greenhouse structures were damaged or destroyed, and plants and equipment were tossed about. No injuries or deaths were reported.
Tornado #4: An EF1 with winds of MPH touched down at AM near Baltimore in Fairfield County. It came down along Canal Road northeast of Baltimore, and then moved miles east to Millersport Road. Damage consisted of of destroyed garage at a house, downed trees and a damaged barn. There were no injuries or deaths.
Tornado #5: At AM, the strongest tornado in the metro outbreak occurred in Licking County. The EF2, packing winds of up to MPH, touched down on Aerospace Drive at Ramp Creek just to the southwest of Heath. The tornado tracked east-northeast about miles to Jacksontown Road south of Linville Road. Damage included downed trees and damage to several retail and commercial buildings. There were no injuries or deaths.
Tornado #6: The final tornado in the metro touched down at AM in Licking County. Touchdown of the EF1 occurred just northeast of Albright Road and south of Brushy Fork Road about 6 miles east-southeast of Newark. The yard-wide tornado travelled about yards in total. Damage included the destruction of a mobile home, snapped trees and damage to a second home. No injuries or deaths occurred.
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Thursday, September 16,
An outbreak of tornadoes across central and southeastern Ohio brought 4 tornadoes to the Columbus metro area.
Tornado #1
This EF0 tornado touched down about 3 miles south of Galena in Delaware County. First coming down just north of Big Walnut Road west of Pinehaven Drive, the tornado moved east-northeast for about miles before lifting at Hoover Reservoir. The tornado&#;s 75MPH winds mostly caused damage to trees and ripped some shingles off of one house. No injuries or deaths were reported. More information on this tornado can be found here:

Tree damage near Hoover Reservoir.

Tornado #2
The next, and strongest tornado came down in Fairfield County. First touching down at Fairfield Union Road, the tornado moved generally eastward just north of West Rushville and Rushville before turning southeast and crossing into Perry County near the County Line Road and Twp. Road intersection. The 75MPH winds in Fairfield County caused tree and roof damage along its path. As the tornado moved into Perry County, it strengthened into EF2 status with winds reaching MPH and a width of yards. In Perry County, the tornado travelled 7 miles and destroyed 8 homes. No deaths occurred, but one woman was injured when a door hit her in the back. More information can be found here:

Minor damage to a home from the West Rushville tornado.

Tornado #3
This EF1 tornado first touched down near the intersection of Dozer Road and Valentine Road in southwest Fairfield County. It moved east-southeast on its roughly 4-mile total path, but was not on the ground the entire time- there were likely 3 separate touchdowns. The tornado damage continued in Hocking County near Ellis Road and Middlefork Road before the tornado finally lifted. Winds were estimated to be up to 90MPH along the path. Damage to trees, farm buildings, some homes and businesses occurred along its path, particularly in the Tarlton area, though there were no injuries or deaths.
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Damage near Tarlton.

Tornado #4
This tornado, an EF1, was spawned by the same storm that produced the Fairield-Perry County tornado. First touching down at the Melon Road and Twp. Road intersection, this tornado moved east-northeast until it entered Morgan County just west of Misco, finally ending north of Ogg Creek east of Whitehouse Road. During the mile path, winds reached up to MPH in the yard wide tornado. 8 homes were destroyed, with an additional 28 being damaged. No deaths or injuries were reported. The NWS officially lists this event as 2 tornadoes, though their beginning and end points are essentally the same. This was just the 2nd confirmed tornado in Morgan County since More information on this tornado can be found here:,STARTED%20IN%20FAIRFIELD%20COUNTY%20OHIO%20NEAR%20WEST%20RUSHVILLE.

Damage to a Perry County home from the Perry-Morgan tornado.

Wednesday, September 20,
On the same day that Xenia was struck by a deadly EF4, an EF2 tornado traveled a broken mile path through Delaware, Licking and Knox counties. The tornado first touched down along Harlem Road about a mile north of the Franklin County line. From there it moved northeasterly for several miles. It destroyed 2 high-tension power towers and 14 homes before lifting just west of the Licking County line.
The tornado touched down again just inside Licking County just northeast of the Clover Valley Golf Club, moving generally east-northeast. At least 15 homes were damaged or destroyed along with several barns and outbuildings. Additionally, a dozen buildings at Buckeye Egg Company were destroyed, trapping at least 1 million chickens, most of which had to eventually be killed. The tornado continued into Knox County, causing damage to some farm buildings and 4 homes. Overall the yard-wide tornado injured 2 people and caused about $ million in damage.

Tuesday, May 23,
An EF0 tornado briefly touched down just east of the Jerusalem Road/Lancaster-New Lexington Road intersection northeast of Bremen in Fairfield County. It downed trees, destroyed a shed and damaged some farm machinery. It caused about $50, damage along its yard-wide, half-mile track. There were no injuries or deaths.
A second tornado in the family, an EF1, touched down to the east in Perry County on Jackson Township Road It then moved east for about 2 miles along County Road 9 (Pen Road) where it ripped off the roof of a house, pushed a modular home off its foundation, removed the roof another trailer before destroying a barn and garage on Palomino Road. The yard-wide tornado caused about $, in damage, but no injuries or deaths.

Sunday, July 12,
The most active tornado day in Ohio history, a total of 28 tornadoes would touch down across the state.

Sunday, June 1,
An EF1 tornado touched down on the southwest side of Croton in Licking County at around 3PM. It was only on the ground a few miles, but 8 homes were destroyed, and the fairgrounds sustained heavy damage. Three people were injured.
Another brief EF1 tornado touched down on the east side of Pataskala in Licking County at PM, damaging a home and some trees.

Tuesday, June 17,
A weak tornado touched down just outside the Scarlett Manor trailer park at Greenlawn Avenue in Franklin County. The tornado proceeded to destroy 3 trailers, with dozens more damaged or knocked off their foundations. The tornado lifted briefly before coming down again and damaging the roofs of 4 buildings at the Greenbriar Apartments at Eaton Avenue.
A separate tornado hit Grove City in Franklin County, damaging about 30 homes in a 4-block area bounded by Parlin Drive, Yates Avenue, Hoover Road and Devin Road.
Yet another small EF1 tornado touched down briefly in SE Franklin County northeast of Bixby Road and Rohr Road.

Damage to the mobile home park from the 6/17/ tornado.

April , The Super Outbreak
At one time, the Super Outbreak of April was the largest tornado outbreak in US history, but was eventually surpassed by the Southeast outbreak in April Still, the event is still legendary among US tornado events, and is perhaps most infamous for producing the Xenia EF5, which leveled a large portion of the city and, along with an EF4 in , cemented the city&#;s reputation as a tornado magnet. Ohio recorded 13 separate tornadoes, 38 deaths and more than injuries. Central Ohio itself was largely spared from the destruction that western Ohio saw, but there were still 3 tornadoes from the event in the region, 2 of which were from the same storm that produced the Xenia monster.
Tornado #1
The first tornado in the Columbus Metro was an EF2 that touched down on the border of Madison and Clark counties near the intersection of Botkin Road and Neil Road. This yard-wide tornado moved generally east-northeast, barely missing London to the south. The storm paralleled Rt just to the its south for much of its path before lifting less than a mile to the southwest of West Jefferson. Despite staying on the ground for almost 16 miles, the tornado&#;s fortunate path prevented it from hitting much of anything except farmland, a warehouse and a few farm outbuildings, and there were no injuries or deaths. The storm that spawned this tornado, however, was so severe that Downtown London was heavily damaged by high winds and had to be evacuated. It was initially assumed it was caused by the tornado itself, but storm surveys show the tornado to have missed to the south and the London damage caused by high straight-line winds. This tornado was spawned by the Xenia storm.
Tornado #2
The second tornado was a short-lived EF1 in Pickaway County. It touched down northeast of the Rt /Rt 22 intersection and travelled about 1 mile to the northeast before lifting northeast of SR Ironically, the smallest, most short-lived and weakest tornado in the Columbus series caused the most injuries when it destroyed the mobile home of a family of 7.
Tornado #3
At around PM, a tornado touched down just northeast of the intersection of East Dublin-Granville and Hamilton Road in Franklin County. This EF2 tornado moved generally northeast for just over 5 miles, passing over near Harlem Road and continuing northeast until it crossed the Franklin-Delaware County line and ending just south of Fancher Road. The yard-wide tornado damaged or destroyed about 20 homes and toppled a large transmission tower. There were no injuries or fatalities. This was the final tornado from the Xenia storm cell.
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A home damaged near New Albany after the tornado.

Thursday, May 10,
Arguably the most significant tornado in Columbus history got its start with a storm in Northern Champaign County southwest of Couchman Road and Glady Creek at around PM. This EF3 tornado touched down and lifted numerous times, never staying on the ground for very long. The tornado first moved southeastward, passing just east of Urbana where it damaged 34 homes and several farm buildings, injuring 3 people. It then touched down again just north of Springfield and began moving more toward the east, but damage was minor in Clark County. The tornado first moved into the Columbus Metro when it touched down in northern Madison County. As it moved just to the north of London, the tornado damaged or destroyed 34 houses and caused 14 injuries. The storm then entered Franklin County on the northeast side of West Jefferson. In Franklin County, it first destroyed a mobile home near the intersection of Hall Road/Alton Road at about PM before destroying about 10 homes under construction in the Quail Hollow subdivision southeast of the Hall Road/Alton Road intersection. The tornado crossed Norton Road at the railroad tracks and then lifted. It would cause damage again by tearing the roof off a house on Big Run Road just north of before damaging a business at Harrisburg Pike. It continued to sporadically damage buildings a Harrisburg Pike, Gantz Road and several homes along Dyer and Brown roads. It then struck the South High Drive-in at S. High Street, destroying one of the screens. The tornado next damaged homes, buildings and trees on Basswood Road and Stockbridge Road. After that, the tornado lifted again, before coming down near the intersection of Williams Road and Lockbourne Road, destroying the roof of a building. After that, the tornado lifted once more until it reached Fairfield County, where it destroyed a mobile home. Although not continuous, the tornado affected a path of about 85 miles overall. In Franklin County, the tornado damaged or destroyed 97 homes and dozens more other buildings. Damage was estimated above $1 million. There were also 3 injuries, but no deaths.

The 5/10/ tornado as it passed through South Columbus.

Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak
April ,

The Palm Sunday outbreak was one of the largest tornadic events in the Midwest up to that time, and still ranks as one of the deadliest nationally. The outbreak had 47 tornadoes with fatalities. Ohio had 11 tornadoes during the event, 2 of which hit the Columbus metro area and will be detailed here.
Tornado #1
The most significant tornado within the Columbus metro, this EF2 touched down in Union County just west of the Delaware County line near the intersection of Smokey Road and Donovan Road after 11pm. From there it moved generally east-northeast along and just south of Smokey Road. The yard-wide tornado caused only scattered damage until striking the northern sections of Radnor, destroying homes and other buildings. From there it crossed Delaware Stare Park and hit Westfield before the path ended in the far southwestern corner of Morrow County. Overall, the tornado killed 4 people and injured more than It destroyed at least 25 homes and several farm buildings along its path, with damage exceeding $ million.

Damage at Radnor.

Tornado #2
The second tornado in the metro areas was an EF1 that touched down after Midnight on Gibson Road north of Rt to the northwest of South Bloomfield in Pickaway County. It moved generally east-northeast just to the north of Ashville and across dozens of farms before the path ended at the intersection of Marcy Road and Cedar Hill Road in Fairfield County. It touched down again shortly after and traveled across north-central Fairfield county, moving a few miles north of Lancaster before lifting again in southwest Perry County. From there, it touched down a 3rd time, traveling 3 more miles to just northeast of Somerset. The yard-wide tornado injured about 10 people near Ashville and another 4 in Fairfield and Perry counties, causing damage to farms, homes and trees along its path, but caused no fatalities. It caused about $, in damage along its 3 paths.

Damage at Somerset, in Perry County.

Thursday, September 12,
Tornado #1: An EF1 tornado struck near Broadway in Union County around AM. It destroyed a barn and garage, damaged Broadway Elementary School and broke windows at Pickerington School, causing 9 students to be covered in glass, injuring two.
Tornado #2: An EFO touched down at Price Field, a small airport at roughly Refugee Road in Franklin County. There, the tornado flipped and damaged several small planes and ripped a wall from a hangar.
Tornado #3: The 3rd tornado of the day apparently came from the same storm that spawned #2. The EF1 hit about a quarter mile north of Pickerington on County Rd 20 in Licking County where it damaged or destroyed several farm buildings on 2 separate farms.
There were no deaths from this outbreak.

Wednesday, June 5,
Tornado #1: An EF1 tornado struck Trailer Terrace Court on Rt. 40 about miles west of Kirkersville in Licking County. The tornado destroyed a trailer during its less than half-mile track. No injuries or deaths were reported.

A destroyed trailer in the Licking County tornado of 6/5/

Tornado #2: An EF2 tornado touched down for less than half a mile at PM about 2 miles southwest of Commercial Point in Pickaway County. The tornado lifted a house trailer off its foundations and rolled it over a fence. 2 children were injured and about $25, in damages occurred.

Tuesday, July 22,
An EF2 tornado touched down in Licking County just to the east of Mt Vernon Boulevard and north of Pierson Boulevard just north of Newark at around 1pm. The yard-wide tornado traveled miles in a general east-southeast direction to a point just to the east-northeast of Rt. 16 and Rock Haven Road SE. Besides many trees and power lines being knocked down, at least 20 farms reported heavy damage to barns, outbuildings and homes. The tornado also reportedly carried a ton boiler half a mile. This would be the first tornado from the storm, which also produced tornadoes and damage in Muskingum, Guernsey, Coshocton and Tuscarawas counties. Meanwhile, storms brought over 2&#; of rain across Columbus, flooding many streets.

Thursday, May 22,
An EF2 tornado touched down about pm near Canal Road west of the Scioto River just southwest of Circleville. From there, the yard-wide tornado traveled in a northeasterly direction, crossing Rt 23 and traveling along Crites Road. It continued moving northeast over Pickaway Country Club, passed the Pickaway/Fairfield County line less than half a mile north of Stoutsville, and ended to the southwest of the Justus Road SW and Wyandott Road SW intersection. The 9-mile path caused more than $, in damage and 3 injuries. Strangely, I couldn&#;t find any news articles about this.

Friday, March 19,
At PM an EF1 tornado moved through a valley between the towns of Laurelville and Adelphi on the border of Pickaway, Ross and Hocking counties. This tornado was roughly yards wide and traveled a path of about 1 mile. The tornado destroyed some outbuildings, trees and at least 4 homes in Laurelville. One home was punctured with foot beams from a destroyed barn, narrowly missing a sleeping boy&#;s head. Losses were estimated between $20,$35, No injuries or deaths were reported.

Damage from the 3/19/ tornado.

Sunday, June 16,
Storms hit the metro area during the afternoon and caused damage across the region. Several possible tornadoes touched down. In Dublin, the Christie Methodist Church, as well as the local Presbyterian church, were destroyed, trees were downed and several other buildings sustained roof damage. From Downtown Columbus to Linden, trees were downed, roofs were blown off, electric poles were snapped and billboards were demolished. Most of the damage in Columbus occurred between the northern part of Downtown through the Short North and east through southern Linden.
In addition, a tornado struck Downtown Plain City, causing significant damage to many buildings. In Grove City, a schoolhouse was destroyed and a few homes lost roofs. At least one person was killed in Worthington. One other interesting fact is that it was reported the storms were moving from southeast to northwest, a very unusual storm motion.

Damage at North High Street in Dublin after the 6/16/ tornado.

Tornado Events that will be added at a later date.

March 8,
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A picture of an EF5 tornado striking New Albany, Ohio.
Type: Tornado outbreak
Active: April 23,
Duration of tornado outbreak1: 10 hours, 29 minutes
Maximum rated tornado2: EF5 tornado
Highest winds mph tornadic (New Albany, Ohio EF5)

81 mph non-tornadic (Fremont, Ohio)

Tornadoes confirmed: 83
Damage: $ billion ( USD)
Fatalities: 89
Areas affected: Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky

1Time from first tornado to last tornado
2Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale

On April 23, a large outbreak of tornadoes impacted Ohio,&#;Eastern Indiana, and Northern Kentucky. It is the largest outbreak in Ohio's history, including 56 tornadoes in the state.&#;An EF5 tornado that struck the Columbus, Ohio area, doing&#;extreme damage in the suburb of New Albany. The damage in New Albany has been considered some of the most intense&#;of all time, and the outbreak is one of the most intense the region has ever experienced. The event left 89&#;people dead and cost $ billion.

Meteorological synopsis

Preceding severe weather

Before the main severe weather event on April 23, a local severe weather event impacted Illinois on April No tornadoes occurred with this activity, but one person was injured when a strong wind gust knocked a tree onto their home. Damage from severe wind gusts also occurred on the campus of the University of Illinois during the late evening hours. The activity dissipated by midnight, therefore not affecting the setup on April 23 in any way.

April 23

A powerful trough moved east into the Midwest, and the Storm Prediction Center placed Ohio and Eastern Indiana under a 30% risk area on April 19 with their day 5 outlook. This was upgraded to a moderate risk with the day 3 convective outlook, and the NWS Wilmington area forecast discussion noted the possibility of a large-scale tornado outbreak in the region. Model guidance on April 22 also hinted at this possibility, and by the morning of the April 23, the SPC upgraded to a high risk across much of Ohio, extreme East Indiana, and Northern Kentucky. A rare 45% tornado risk area was centered over central Ohio, and a large outbreak of significant and long-tracked tornadoes was anticipated. Very strong shear overspread the risk area thanks to a knot jet streak and strong southerly surface winds; km SRH reached m2/s2 in many areas across Ohio, with some locally higher values. As such, hodographs were forecast to be extremely favorable for violent tornadoes. Widespread MLCAPE values of 3, j/kg, low 70°s dew points, and temperatures in the low 80°s meant that there would be plenty of instability for storms to develop and sustain themselves. Supercells fired along a cold front in Eastern Indiana as early as PM that day and quickly became tornadic. As the storms moved east, the supercells matured and became prolific tornado producers in extreme east Indiana and western Ohio. A long-tracked EF4 tornado originated near&#;Richmond, Indiana, and carved a mile path of destruction until it dissipated near Urbana, Ohio. Further East in central Ohio, an incredible severe weather setup was in place. A PDS tornado watch had been issued for the high-risk area early in the afternoon, and around PM, supercells began to mature&#;ahead of the main line of already existing supercells along the cold front. These new storms instantly became tornadic and produced several strong to violent tornadoes in central Ohio. An EF4 did significant damage in Plain City, Ohio. During the same time frame, the worst event of the day was unfolding. Around PM, a tornado touched down just outside of Franklin County in far eastern Madison County, tracking northeast. It went on to move just South of downtown Columbus and directly impacted Gahanna and New Albany as an EF5, then dissipating Northeast of Johnstown. Activity continued eastward into the late afternoon with several more significant tornadoes occurring before tapering off before sunset. The high number of intense (EF3+) tornadoes makes the outbreak incredibly impressive and among one of the most severe the region has ever experienced.

Tornado Statistics

Totals 89

Confirmed tornadoes

April 23 Event

List of notable tornadoes - April 23,
Time of Origin (UTC)
Path length
EF4Richmond to Verona to NE of Urbana (OH)Wayne, Preble (OH), Darke (OH), Miami (OH), Champaign (OH) mi 5 Deaths - See section on this tornado high-end EF4 tornado did violent damage in Verona, Ohio.
EF2NE of Redkey to PortlandJay miles This strong tornado touched down northeast of Redkey, Indiana, and moved through mainly rural areas in its lifetime, producing high-end EF2 damage to the farm homes it did impact. The tornado weakened and moved into the town of Portland, doing EF1 damage there.
EF2Ossian to WoodburnWells, Allen 26 mi This tornado formed near the triple point fairly early on in the outbreak. Initially damage was weak, but as the tornado moved northeast, high-end EF2 damage occured southeast of New Haven in Fort Wayne's suburbs. Near Poe, an entire mobile home park was destroyed. The worst damage occurred west of Maples, as three homes on East Tillman Road were destroyed, losing much of their roofs and exterior walls. The tornado then weakened and dissipated near Woodburn.
EF3N of Modoc to SE of SaratogaRandolph mi 3 deaths - Tornado initially moved through rural areas of Randolph County producing some damage to trees. It hit a few homes, but only did EF1 damage. As the tornado approached the southern side of Winchester, however, it grew into a large stovepipe tornado, producing mid-range EF3 damage to several homes in town, leaving only interior walls or bathrooms remaining. A large warehouse building was completely destroyed at mid to high-end EF3 strength. The tornado rapidly weakened and shrunk, and continued northeast. A small area of EF2 damage was noted just before tornado dissipated southeast of Saratoga.
EF3Hamilton to N of BloomingburgButler, Warren, Clinton, Greene, Fayette mi 1 death - This intense tornado was spawned from a supercell along the cold front in southwest Ohio. The storm had formed in far eastern Indiana, and rapidly developed as it crossed into Ohio, with a very favorable environment ahead of it. A tornado warning was put on the storm when it was in southwestern Butler County, and shortly after a tornado touched down near Hamilton at PM EDT. It did EF0 and EF1 damage to subdivisions east of Hamilton, and EF1 to EF2 damage to homes south of Monroe. The tornado crossed into Warren County and snapped some trees as it moved through rural areas. The tornado then moved through a subdivision north of Lebanon. EF3 damage was observed to about 10 homes, all of which had only a few walls left standing. Cars from the residences were also thrown or rolled short distances. The tornado moved back into very rural areas, and trees were slightly debarked. The twister took a slight east turn, and moved into northern Clinton County. As the tornado crossed over I, a person who was seeking shelter under and overpass died from flying debris. The tornado then switched back to its northeasterly path and moved through rural areas again. The tornado clipped southeastern Greene County, crossed I again, then entered Fayette County. At high-end EF3 strength, the very small community of Octa was wiped off the map. No one died in the town, but every structure was completely destroyed. Three houses were leveled. Moving back into rural areas, the multi-vortex tornado danced for a little longer before weakening and dissipating in open areas north of Bloomingsburg. The supercell that spawned the tornado produced very large hail later in the day in southeastern Franklin County.
EF3W of Piqua to Quincy to Bellefontaine to Marion to S of MansfieldMiami, Shelby, Champaign, Logan, Marion, Morrow, Richland mi 2 deaths - See section on this tornado incredibly long-tracked, intense tornado impacted numerous cities along the path, including Bellefontaine and Marion, where it caused severe damage.
EF4Moraine to Beavercreek to LondonMontgomery, Greene, Clark, Madison mi 14 Deaths - See section on this tornado violent tornado did damage in Beavercreek, with the worst damage occurring to a small subdivision north of Alpha.
EF3LimaAllen mi This relatively short lived, narrow, yet intense tornado did significant damage to the eastern side of Lima. The tornado touched down on the southern side of Lima, from the same supercell that produced the Jay County, Indiana EF2 tornado. A tornado warning was issued about 8 minutes before this tornado touched down in southern Lima. The tornado rapidly intensified, doing EF3 damage to homes and businesses in eastern Lima, with estimated wind speeds of mph. Many homes were completely destroyed, being left with only a few interior walls. A bowling alley lost its entire roof. The tornado then exited the city and persisted for a few more miles before dissipating southwest of Beaverdam. 14 people were injured.
EF3Milford Center to N of KilbourneUnion, Delaware mi The supercell that produced the Richmond, IN to Urbana, OH EF4 tornado cycled and produced this EF3 tornado. The tornado almost immediately did EF3 damage to a home that had its exterior walls collapsed. It grew into a large stovepipe, and a PDS tornado warning was issued for Marysville. The EF3 tornado ripped through the southern side of Marysville destroying many homes. Trees were debarked east and northeast of the city, and debris from homes in Marysville was scattered across fields a few miles northeast of town. It then passed north of the small community of New Dover. While in mainly rural areas, the structures that were hit suffered EF2 and EF3 damage. The twister moved into Delaware County and moved north of Ostrander. It destroyed a few farms and moved northeast through rural areas, then entered Delaware. Passing through the west and north sides of the city, it did mid to high-end EF3 damage to several subdivisions. Some poorly anchored homes which were nailed to their foundations were flattened. EF0 to EF2 damage continued as it moved out of the northeast side of Delaware, and eventually dissipated just before crossing into Morrow County.
EF2S of ChillicotheRoss 12 mi Heavily rain-wrapped tornado stayed in rural areas. Trees in its path were denuded and snapped, and a few trailer homes were destroyed.
EF4Choctaw Lake to Plain City to E of DelawareMadison, Delaware mi 4 deaths - See section on this tornado - high-end EF4 tornado that went through Plain City and did incredible damage.
EF5W of Harrisburg to New Albany NE of Johnstown Madison, Franklin, Licking mi 51 deaths - See section on this tornado considered to be one of the most violent tornadoes in recorded history. It impacted much of the Columbus metropolitan area, as well as John Glenn International Airport, Gahanna, and New Albany, where damage well into the EF5 range occurred. It is also the costliest tornado on record, costing over $5 billion in damages. It is the deadliest tornado to impact the state of Ohio.
EF3Worthington to SW of HartfordFranklin, Delaware, Licking mi The same supercell that produced the Moraine to London EF4 tornado cycled, and put down another intense tornado in northern Franklin County around PM EDT. The tornado did EF2 damage shortly after touching down in Worthington. Moving northeast, the tornado intensified, and did low-end EF3 damage to a few homes on the western and northern side of Westerville. Incredibly, no one was killed, and only 20 were injured. The tornado crossed over the Hoover Reservoir, doing EF2 and sporadic EF3 damaged to homes in rural areas of southeast and eastern Delaware County. The tornado began a weakening trend as in entered northwest Licking County, and eventually met its demise southwest of Hartford. It had a max width of about 1/2 mile and was on the ground for miles. It lasted about 30 minutes and cost $ million dollars.
EF3SW of Utica to N of WarsawLicking, Knox, Coshocton mi 7 deaths - The same supercell that produced the New Albany tornado cycled and put down another intense tornado further northeast. The tornado touched down at PM EDT in rural areas southwest of Utica in northern Licking County. The tornado moved northeast and passed through the northern side of Utica. EF2 damage occured to many homes that were impacted by the tornado. The tornado entered rural areas and expanded to about 1/2 mile wide. Low-end EF3 damage was noted to some homes in the path, with estimated wind speeds of mph. The tornado plowed through the town of Martinsburg, doing EF3 damage there and killing 3 people. The tornado continued northeast, slightly debarking trees, then and entered Bladensburg. A school was severely damaged and every structure in town suffered some degree of damage, the worst of which was rated EF3. 4 people were killed in town.The tornado tossed a pick up truck yards on the east side of town before entering rural areas. Homes and farms suffered EF2 damage, and then the tornado crossed into Coshocton County. EF0 and EF1 damage occured in very rural areas, and the tornado eventually dissipated north of Warsaw around PM EDT.
EF2Wadsworth to northern Akron to KentMedina, Summit, Portage mi This tornado was spawned from the same supercell that produced the long-tracked Piqua to Mansfield tornado. After that tornado lifted, the supercell persisted northeast and produced another strong tornado about 1 hour and 10 minutes after the Piqua-Mansfield tornado lifted. Low-end EF2 damage occurred almost immediately after the tornado touched down no the southwestern side of Wadsworth. Several houses were severely damaged with EF1 and EF2 damage noted in Wadsworth. The tornado moved northeast and entered Summit County. A tornado emergency was issued for Akron at this point. The tornado passed through northern Akron at high-end EF2 strength, heavily damaging numerous businesses, apartments, and industrial areas. The tornado continued through heavily populated areas of eastern Summit County doing EF1 and EF2 damage to homes and businesses before crossing into Portage County and dissipating near Kent. Very large hail fell in Medina shortly before the tornado touched down.
EF2Cynthia to MaysvilleHarrison, Robertson, Mason mi EF0 and EF1 damage occurred initially. The tornado grew to about 1/4 mile wide and moved through extremely rural areas of northeast Harrison County, before slamming Mt. Olivett in central Robertson County at EF2 strength. The tornado exited the town, then entered Mason County, doing EF1 damage with some sporadic EF2 damage before dissipating near the town of Maysville just before crossing the Ohio River.

Notable tornadoes

Verona—Tipp City, Ohio

This long-tracked, violent wedge tornado touched down in Richmond, Indiana around PM EDT. The tornado caused mainly EF1 and EF2 damage as it moved through Richmond and eastern Wayne County and into western Ohio, as several houses and businesses were damaged. Low-end EF3 damage was noted to a few homes south of New Paris, Ohio, which lost their second stories or were left with only interior walls left standing. In West Sonora, a car was tossed yards and trees were debarked. The tornado intensified further as it moved into Verona, where high-end EF4 damage occured with several homes being flattened or swept away, and some ground scouring occured. Cars were tossed long distances and trees were completely debarked, twisted, and snapped. 5 people died in the town. The tornado continued to produce high-end EF3 damage and low-end EF4 damage between Phillipsburg and West Milton, where more homes were completely flattened or swept away, although most of them lacked anchor bolts. More EF4 damage was noted in Tipp City, with two poorly built homes being swept away with debris being pushed off their foundations, and several other homes and businesses being completely destroyed. The tornado then began to weaken and turned slightly more northeast, moving through Urbana at EF0 intensity before dissipating northeast of town at PM EDT.

Quincy—Bellefontaine—Marion, Ohio

This extremely long-tracked, high-end EF3 tornado, with estimated wind speeds of mph at its peak, began west of Piqua at PM EDT. The supercell that spawned the tornado initiated ahead of the cold front, and was the first supercell to do so. The tornado began as a narrow, weak tornado and did damage to rural areas west and north of Piqua. It exited Miami county, and rapidly intensified. Now a large, multi-vortex wedge tornado 1/2 mile wide, the tornado moved through very rural areas of southwest Shelby county. A few farms were hit, however, and were leveled or completely swept away, earning a high-end EF3 rating. After clipping the northwest corner of Champaign County, the small town of Quincy took a direct hit, with nearly every structure in town being damaged. A high-end EF3 rating was applied there, too, as poorly constructed homes were completely leveled. The tornado continued northeast, doing EF2 to EF3 damage to homes south of De Graff. A tornado emergency was issued for Bellefontaine at PM EDT. The tornado plowed through the south side of the city, leaving only interior walls standing and leveling a few homes again at high-end EF3 strength. The tornado persisted through very open rural areas, and because it wasn't rain-wrapped, it offered chasers an incredible view of this intense tornado. It did not hit many structures until moving west and north of Richwood, where high-end EF2 to low-end EF3 damage was noted to homes. Continuing through rural areas, the tornado weakened and produced EF1 damage to the few homes and trees in its path. Around this time, a PDS tornado warning was issued for the southern side of Marion. The tornado reintensified and became wrapped in rain, making for a very dangerous situation. Numerous homes on the southern side Marion were left with only interior walls standing, resulting with an EF3 rating there. A department store had its entire roof peeled back resulting in two exterior walls collapsing. Several injuries occurred inside. 2 deaths occured in a home that was poorly constructed. The very small community of Claridon was impacted at EF2 strength, but northeast of the small town trees were denuded and debarked, and again an EF3 rating was applied. The tornado weakened from there on, producing predominantly EF2 damage until its demise south of Mansfield. This tornado likely would have earned a higher rating had it hit more structures on its mile path. It was on the ground for roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Beavercreek/Alpha, Ohio

This supercell formed ahead of the cold front, and did so earlier and farther west than others that formed ahead of the front. With the very favorable environment it formed in, the supercell matured quickly and put down a violent tornado soon after. Touching down at PM EDT, the tornado moved out of Moraine and into Dayton's southeastern suburbs, and rapidly intensified, doing EF3 damage to homes and businesses, with 1 person being killed in a car while driving, unaware the tornado was upon them. The tornado continued northeast, entering Greene County, and doing EF2 and EF3 damage to homes in its path. On the northern side of Beavercreek, low-end EF4 damage was noted to a few homes that were reduced to piles of rubble. The most widespread EF4 damage, while only low-end EF4, occured in a subdivision a few miles north of Alpha, where 13 people were killed, all of them in their homes. The houses there were reduced to piles of debris or were partially swept away. The tornado then entered rural areas of northern and northeast Greene County, where scattered debris was found in fields and trees were denuded and debarked. The tornado moved into Clark County, and didn't hit any significant structures until making a direct hit to the town of South Charleston. Low to mid-range EF4 damage was found there. 11 were injured in the town. The tornado weakened and did EF2 damage to the very small unincorporated community of Florence, and dissipated near London. The tornado tracked miles, killed 14, and was on the ground for just over an hour, with a max width of 3/4 mile.

Plain City, Ohio

Shortly before the Columbus tornado touched down, a powerful supercell north of that one put down another violent tornado. The tornado touched down at PM EDT near Choctaw Lake in western Madison County. It began moving northeast through rural areas, but was visually violent. It was a large wedge, and scoured some grass and debarked trees. It leveled the homes that were in its path, and low-end EF4 damage was found southwest of Plain City. As the tornado entered Plain City, it did incredible damage. Numerous homes in a subdivision of southwest Plain City were completely leveled or almost swept away. Three homes with anchor bolts were swept away leaving open basements, but contextual discrepancies prevented a rating higher than high-end EF4. 4 people died in Plain City. The tornado moved back into rural areas before moving through areas south of Jerome, where low-end EF4 damage was noted. The tornado crossed into Delaware County, and did high-end EF4 damage again, this time north of Shawnee Hills, where numerous houses were completely leveled and partially swept away. Debris was wind rowed and large objects were thrown long distances. It crossed the Scioto River, produced EF3 damage in northern Powell, and then began to weaken, producing mainly EF1 to EF2 damage for the remainder of its path. It eventually dissipated in a field east of Delaware.

Columbus—New Albany, Ohio

Extremely violent and devastating EF5 tornado. The tornado began in extreme eastern Madison County, Ohio, on what would go on to be an 42 mile path. The tornado touched down at PM EDT, moving northeast at 40 mph out of extreme east Madison County. It entered southwest Franklin county, doing mainly EF0 damage to trees. It caused EF1 and EF2 damage to homes as it passed north of Grove City, and then did high-end EF2 and some EF3 damage on the south and east sides of Urbancrest. 3 deaths occured there, where a family was trying to outrun the tornado in their car. The tornado continued producing mid to high-end EF3 damage as it kept on its northeasterly path. The tornado then entered the southern side of Columbus, and a tornado emergency was issued. EF4 damage to homes and businesses was widespread, and 23 people died in that area. Homes and businesses were completely leveled in southern Columbus, in a wide swath of destruction. The tornado continued and took a slight turn north, then continued on its northeasterly track. It went through Bexley where widespread EF3 and EF4 damage occured, with numerous well-built homes completely leveled. Two old homes were swept away in Bexley. The Columbus International Airport was impacted next; the terminal was spared, as only the western half of the runaways were impacted. The cement on the runways had been scoured away, and significant ground scouring occured around the area. Then, at high-end EF4 strength, the tornado moved into Gahanna, leveling or sweeping away several well-built homes and businesses. Several vehicles were hurled long distances and crushed, and in some cases were wrapped around debarked trees. 10 deaths occured in Gahanna. Widespread EF4 damage continued as the tornado ripped through residential areas and moved into New Albany. Homes in the New Albany Country Club area were first. At EF5 strength, entire rows of well-built brick homes with extensive anchor bolting were completely swept away, leaving only open basements. In a few cases, cinder blocks of basement walls were sheared off at ground level.

Damage surveyors estimated winds to be mph, something they had never done. Now two miles wide, the tornado continued producing EF5 damage as it went directly through the center of New Albany. Everything in its path was either leveled or swept away completely. Deep ground scouring occured, as well as significant wind-rowing of debris. Debris was very finely granulated. Trees were completely debarked and reduced to stumps. Cars were tossed hundreds of yards and crushed beyond recognition, and a smaller vehicle was never located. The New Albany Links residential area was next, where EF5 damage continued, and numerous homes were reduced to nothing but slabs or open basements. A satellite tornado did EF1 damage to the Tidewater at New Albany community around that time. The tornado then exited New Albany, weakening to a low-end EF4, before producing EF5 damage one last time to two large, well-built homes in extreme northeast Franklin County, both of them being swept away completely. 15 people died in New Albany. The tornado crossed into Licking County, where ground scouring occured and trees were debarked in rural areas. The tornado entered Johnstown, producing EF2 and EF3 damage, before weakening and turning north. The tornado dissipated at PM EDT. It had a maximum width of 2 miles and cost and estimated $ billion ( USD), and is regarded as one of the most violent tornadoes ever. It was also the first EF5 to strike the United States since the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.


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