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Celina mayor declares State of Emergency; 8 injured following storms

Published: Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 4:57 PM
Updated: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 1:14 AM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @12:55 a.m. 11/6/17

Grand Lake and Havemann Roads will remain closed Monday as emergency crews assess damages, according to a post on the City of Celina’s Facebook page.

Electric crews will be working throughout the night to clear downed power lines, remove broken utility poles and restring new lines. 

An apparent tornado caused significant damage to buildings and property mainly on the east side of town.

>> PHOTOS: November storms, tornado in the Miami Valley

UPDATE @ 11:15 p.m. 11/5/17 

Mayor Jeffrey Hazel has declared a State of Emergency for the City of Celina after two possible tornadoes ripped through the Mercer County city Sunday.

In a release, Celina police said a tornado entered the city from the southwest, causing damage to a home along Lakeshore Drive before crossing Grand Lake and damaging multiple businesses including Wendy’s, Lakeshore Auto, Crown Equipment, Dollar General and C-Town Wings among others.

>> ‘Horrific damage,’ injuries reported from Mercer Co. tornado

Celina police said eight people within the city limits were treated for non-life threatening injuries, with four being transported to area hospitals.

Off-duty officers and emergency crews responded to the scene with crews from Montezuma, Rockford, Mendon and Chickasaw assisting in recovery efforts.

Officers said Mayor Jeff Hazel and Ohio State Senator Keith Faber directly assisted with the ongoing emergency with Senator Faber providing additional propane tanks to keep power running throughout the night at Celina Police Command Center.

Those living in and near Celina are encouraged to stay away from affected areas as crews continue to work to clean up debris, according to the release.

UPDATE @ 5:15 p.m.

The Celina mayor says eight people were injured; all believed to be non-life threatening. 

Watch as mayor gives update to News Center 7’s Sean Cudahy.

EARLIER REPORT

Several Celina businesses have been significantly damaged following severe weather in the area Sunday afternoon. 

Our crew in Celina reports a portion of the roof to Crown Equipment Corporation is missing and an exterior wall has suffered significant damage.

A string of businesses in the area, including a nearby restaurant, are heavily damaged, according to our crew. 

A Dollar General has signs down and the front of the structure blown off.

>> Reports of heavy damage, injuries at Celina restaurant

The National Weather Service reports as many as 6 injuries at a Celina restaurant in the area. 

>> Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Miami Valley

An additional injury was reported by the service on Ohio 29 after a power pole fell. 

We will continue to update this developing story.

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