NWS: EF-0 tornado in Mercer Co. wider, traveled further than first measured

Published: Monday, July 10, 2017 @ 8:44 PM
Updated: Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 10:10 AM

The National Weather Service confirms and EF0 tornado touched down Monday evening near Rockford, Ohio.

UPDATE @9:18 a.m. (July 14)

New measurements by the National Weather Service indicate an EF-0 tornado that touched down in Mercer County on July 10 traveled longer on the ground and was wider than first believed.

>>VIDEO: Close view of funnel cloud in Rockford

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The updated measurements released Friday said the tornado traveled 6.5 miles on the ground, rather than the 3.9 miles the NWS reported on Wednesday. 

The tornado also had a width of 150 yards, also an increase from earlier measurements Wednesday where the tornado was thought to be only 80 yards wide. 

The new NWS measurements also indicate the tornado touched down at 8:14 p.m. before dissipating around 8:30 p.m., five minutes longer than the initial measurements. 

NWS reported the tornado is believed to have touched down near Winkler Road just west of State Route 49. It moved moved east damaging the roof of a home, and nearby trees, on the southwest corner of Winkler and Short roads. 

>>PHOTOS: Funnel cloud, lightning in Mercer

The tornado continued east causing damage to the roof of a house west of Wabash Road and trees on the property. The tornado moved east-southeast across Hill Road, crossing Winkler Road damaging crops and trees along its path. 

NWS reported “cycloidal scarring” was noted in the corn fields adjacent to Winkler Road and Jordan Road. 

The tornado crossed Jordan Road, moving east-southeast to near the intersection of Lee Road and Erastus-Durbin Road, according to NWS. An outbuilding was destroyed and the tornado damaged another area of trees along Township Line Road

The tornado continued east-southeast into open fields north of Rockford West Road before it dissipated at this location, according to NWS.

UPDATE @ 11:17 a.m. (July 12) 

The National Weather Service said an EF-0 tornado touched down in Mercer County Monday night with winds reaching 70 mph, the service said in a release Wednesday. 

The tornado was on the ground for 11 minutes, starting at 8:20 p.m. through 8:31 p.m., the service said in the released measurements of their survey. 

The tornado traveled just under four miles with a maximum width of 80 yards. 

“Based on eyewitness reports, the tornado is believed to have touched down in the vicinity of Hill Road, north of Winkler Road” the weather service said in the release. “From here, the tornado moved generally east-southeast, crossing Winkler Road and damaging crops and trees along its path.”

Surveyors said the tornado also damaged an outbuilding near the intersection of Lee Road and Erastus-Durbin Road. A line of trees was also damaged along Township Line Road before it dissipated in an open field north of Rockford West Road.  

Mike Robbins Mercer Co EMA Director

UPDATE @ 12:05 p.m. (July 11)

The National Weather Service confirms a tornado touched down in northern Mercer County Wednesday, the service said in a statement. 

Additional details on the tornado, including the statistics of its path and wind speed will be released later today or tomorrow from the NWS. 

Mike Robbins, Director of the Mercer County Emergency Management Agency said the damage was contained to a cornfield north of Rockford. 

SCENE: Rockford area corn field

UPDATE @ 11:47 p.m.(July 10):  National Weather Service investigators could come to Mercer County on Tuesday to verify the claim that a tornado touched down Monday night. Investigators with the Wilmington office will coordinate with county Emergency Management Agency officials to decide whether to visit the county to confirm the twister near Rockford.

>>VIDEO: Close view of funnel cloud in Rockford

>>PHOTOS: Funnel cloud, lightning in Mercer

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 "We've seen all the pictures and lots of videos. We had a public report. As of now, there's no proof of any touchdown other than somebody's word,” NWS Meteorologist James Gibson said.

West of Rockford, Ohio

UPDATE @ 9:20 p.m.:  The tornado warning for Mercer expired at 9 p.m., but a severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect for Mercer, Auglaize and Shelby counties until 9:45 p.m.


At 8:37 p.m., a tornado apparently touched down just west of Rockford, but has lifted. 

There is no word whether the tornado hit anything, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell is reporting. 

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said he has not been made aware of any damage in the county.

Funnel Cloud just north of Celina, Ohio around 8:50pm Monday. Video courtesy of Lori Wilder

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At 8:33 p.m., winds of 73 mph were being reported in Mercer County, headed toward Rockford. 

Warnings in area counties

Utility poles are reported down in the area of Winkler Road and U.S. 33 and a funnel cloud was spotted by trained weather spotters, Elwell said. 

Winds clocked at more than 100 mph worked to drive the twister, Elwell said.

Tornado in Mercer County

The combination of winds coming into and moving out of the Rockford area created “gate to gate shear,” Elwell said. Radar measured an incoming wind of 73 mph and an outbound wind, right next to the inbound, of 33 mph, which was recorded as the maximum wind potential.

There are as many as five tornado warnings issued in northwest Indiana and the system is headed to the southeast, Elwell is reporting.

We have a crew headed to the area. We will update this developing report.

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Middletown police warn of impersonators pulling people over

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 11:03 PM

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Middletown police are warning residents about a group of teens pulling people over impersonating police officers.

Police made the public warning on its Facebook page on Sunday evening.

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Police said four white teens are driving around Middletown in a blue or gray convertible that has a light on the dashboard as well as a loud speaker and air horn.

Anyone with any information about these people or who may have seen this vehicle are asked to call police dispatch at 513-425-7700, option 0.

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New Ronald McDonald Family Room opens inside Dayton Children's Hospital

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 8:51 PM

The Ronald McDonald House now has a new family room after a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday afternoon.

The new and spacious family room opened up inside the Dayton Children’s Hospital, according to a release.

The room is in the west wing of the hospital and has computers, napping pods, a kitchen, laundry, and shower facilities. It’s also furnished with a La-Z-Boy, along with staffing and resources provided by RMHC Dayton.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton and Dayton Children’s Hospital held the opening for the new 2,500 square foot family room on the fourth floor, which was moved from the second flour.

In partnership with Dayton Children’s Hospital, this new Ronald McDonald Family Room was designed with the specific needs of families with impatient children in mind. These spaces help parents to stay close to their sick children.

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Kettering Medical Center hosts reunion for NICU babies and families

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 7:50 PM

NICU babies reunited at Kettering Medical Center

More than 300 people celebrated a reunion for children born in a NICU and their families Sunday afternoon in the Nelson Conference Center located at 3535 Southern Blvd. 

Kettering Health Network hosted their third reunion for children who were patients in the hospital’s Level III B Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), according to a release.

Kettering Medical Center’s Level III B Maternity Unit and NICU provides advanced care in one location for patients coping with high-risk pregnancies and fragile infants. The NICU serves all Kettering Health Network maternity centers. 

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Today was a chance for families and health care providers to check-in on how those graduate children and their families were doing, and included babies born from 2015 to 2017.

Jackie and Danny Milling welcomed their twin daughters Bexley and June into the world last October. “I carried them to 35 weeks pretty good for twins. They still had a lot of things they needed help with,” said Mrs. Milling.

She credits the care she received at the NICU for helping her family get to a healthy start. “The NICU here at Kettering helped out little girls thrive and survive and become just as healthy as they can be.”

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This reunion was a second chance for the Millings to meet with what they call their second family. “They get to see our kids grow so much even though they’re still little. It was I think just brought up a lot of fond strong memories,” said Mrs. Milling.

“This is what fills our bucket and brings us back to our home away from home here in the Kettering NICU,” said Clinical Nurse Manager for the NICU Ginny Dalton.  

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Guest speaker Judge Hatchett spoke about Women’s Day at church in Dayton

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 6:35 PM

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News Center 7’s Letitia Perry introduced TV personality Judge Glenda Hatchett Sunday morning as a guest speaker at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church located at 2262 N. Gettysburg Avenue. 

This service was the culmination of a month’s long celebration of activities focused on women called, “The Queen in You.” “I am inviting all women to join me this month as we celebrate women exuding Christian values,” said First Lady of St. Luke Baptist Church Jasmine Allen.

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Judge Hatchett spoke for a Women’s Day Service to inspire women of the community, according to a release. She spoke about empowering and encouraging the women of the community to be their authentic selves and to utilize power within.

This event featured a 50-voice women’s choir, and the St. Luke’s Praise Dance Ministry. 

Pastor of St. Luke Baptist Church Rev. Renard D. Allen Jr. said the church was excited about bringing Judge Hatchett to the Dayton community because she is a perfect representation of this year’s Women’s Day theme.

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“Deeply rooted in the Christian faith, Judge Hatchett is an elegant and electrifying speaker with an ability to reach people across racial, gender, political, and even religious lines,” said Rev. Allen. “She uses her faith, knowledge, experience, and enormous success to inspire others to seize one of life’s greatest opportunities: to make a difference in the world from where we are. We expect the women of St. Luke and the city of Dayton will never be the same after hearing Judge Hatchett speak!”

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