Severe thunderstorms caused significant damage in parts of Ohio Sunday afternoon and evening. Damaging straight-line wind gusts and several tornadoes made for a very active weather period. This was the most extensive severe weather outbreak for the Buckeye State all year.
The National Weather Service spent much of Monday surveying storm damage in different locations across the state. They were looking to decide what caused trees and structural damage, plus many downed power lines. While many Ohioans at least saw some heavy rain and gusty winds others were not as lucky.
At least nine tornadoes were confirmed. A couple touched down in Clark and Mercer County. The most notable one was an EF-2 producing winds of up to 135 mph and doing severe damage in portions of Celina. The storm injured eight people, but no injuries were life-threatening. There were no other reports of injury from any of the other storms.
Weak tornadoes touched down in Crawford, Ashland, Wayne, Sandusky, Erie, Seneca and Columbiana Counties. Overall the damage consisted of trees and power lines being damaged. There were a few homes and structures that suffered damage from the 100 mph winds. Roofs were pulled off in the Bloomingville storm.
Straight-line wind damage was the big-ticket causing widespread loss of electricity. Findlay, Lagrange, Strongsville, Northfield, Macedonia, Aurora, Boardman, Burton, and Williamsfield were some of the towns that got hit very hard from downburst winds. Doppler radar data, wind speed estimates and storm damage was consistent with 80 mph or greater winds in some of these areas.
Take a look at the storm damage photo gallery. It shows you a slice of the scene across a good portion of Northeast Ohio on Monday as cleanup was underway. These pictures were generally from NE Medina, southern Cuyahoga, and northern Summit County.
An impressive area of downburst winds formed in Lorain County and tracked through Brunswick, North Royalton, Sagamore Hills, Macadeonia, Aurora as it headed quickly east. The radar grab below shows the impressive wind velocities. Notice there is no rotation with this (no red and green colors next to each other).
Houses were actually destroyed in Williamsfield in southeastern Ashtabula County when this severe weather feature moved in as a macroburst. Winds of 125 mph did severe damage to houses and other structures. The weather phenomena is very strong winds aloft from the thunderstorm being pulled down and crashing into the ground before spreading out in all directions. This wind was as powerful as an EF-2 tornado. You don’t need rotating wind to be dangerous.
Several thousands were without power into Monday. Electricity should be restored for everyone midweek.
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