9 days of devastation: Butler County’s costliest storms of the past 20 years

Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 @ 1:56 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 @ 1:56 PM

The Hawkins family escaped injury when a severe storm ripped the roof off of their home on Glen Hollow Drive in Liberty Twp. in Butler County.

Editor’s Note: This story initially ran on May 11, 2019.

On nine notable days since 2000, winds have devastated Butler County communities to cause more than $500,000 in reported damages, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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But the costliest came on May 25, 2011, when three communities sustained significant damage. Severe winds blew through Butler County that day, including a tornado near Liberty Twp. 

Damages include that day included: 

 • In Liberty Twp. there were an estimated $175,000 in reported damages, according to NOAA. A confirmed tornado landed near Liberty Twp., and it lifted the entire roof off a two-story home. The exterior walls collapsed. Three nearby residences sustained significant roof damage. Multiple vehicles in the path of the tornado were also damaged. Numerous trees and utility polls were snapped, and several homes had minor roof and siding damage. The maximum estimated wind speed based on damage was around 105 mph. 

• In Fairfield, there were an estimated $70,000 in reported damages, according to NOAA. Numerous trees were uprooted, several chimneys were damaged, several buildings had siding torn and shingles blown off, a carport collapsed, a power pole was snapped, and 20 cars at a car dealership sustained minor damage. Additionally, roofs of two businesses were damaged. 

• In Trenton, there were an estimated $32,000 in reported damages, according to NOAA. Seven homes were damaged and a vehicle was overturned. Also, two trees were snapped. 


There were eight other times severe winds wreaked havoc in the county, which included $265,000 in reported damages, according to NOAA. 

Those times were: 

 • Severe winds on Sept. 20, 2000, in Trenton caused $50,000 in reported damages. Numerous trees were downed and there was damage to some buildings. 

• Severe winds on Aug. 4, 2001, in Hamilton caused $60,000 in reported damages. Several buildings at the Butler County Regional Airport sustained structural and roof damage. A classic plane was also destroyed. 

• Severe winds on May 25, 2002, across Butler County caused $20,000 in reported damages. Trees were knocked down across Butler County. 

• Severe winds on May 15, 2007, in Somerville caused $20,000 in reported damages. A portion of the metal roof and a window of a barn was damaged. There was minor structural damage also to two adjacent smaller barns. A nearby home had some of its siding removed, and a boat on the property sustained minor damage. Large tree limbs were also downed. 

• Severe winds on June 3, 2008, in Oxford and at Miami University caused $30,000 in reported damages. A homeowner witnessed a tornado in the tree line northwest of their farm. The trees were damaged, and an older house had its roof removed. Half the roof of a newer barn was peeled off, with a large metal door being blown 25 yards away and wrapped around a silo. Wind speeds were estimated to be around 75 mph. 

• Severe winds on July 14, 2000, in the Hamilton/Fairfield area caused $30,000 in reported damages. Hundreds of trees and some power lines were downed. Some of the downed trees fell across Ohio 4 to the southeast of Hamilton. Power was out to around 30,000 customers shortly after the storm. 

• Severe winds on June 29, 2012, in Trenton caused $30,000 in reported damages. Several large trees were down and siding damage occurred to several homes. 

• Severe winds on April 8, 2015, in Collinsville caused $25,000 in reported damages. Straight line winds destroyed a barn and partially lifted a roof off a house.