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NWS confirms EF1 tornado touched down in Auglaize County Saturday; at least 7 injured

WAPAKONETA — The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF1 tornado touched down in Auglaize County overnight Saturday.

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The tornado first touched down at 12:54 a.m. and the first sign of damage occurred on Owl Creek Road, where two large trees were knocked down while a barn was destroyed at another residence, according to the NWS.

It strengthened as it moved northeast, removing a significant portion of a warehouse building roof and snapped several power poles.

Just northeast of that, a large commercial greenhouse was leveled, as News Center 7 previously reported.

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The tornado then crossed the intersection of U.S. 33 and Interstate 75 causing significant roof damage and partial exterior wall collapses to an industrial building and that’s when the tornado was its strongest with estimated winds at 110 m.p.h., NWS said.

A truck stop experienced significant damage and a few semi-trailers were blown over and then northeast of there, a private campground suffered damage as numerous trailers were flipped over and a large meeting hall had its roof removed.

Several trees were also knocked down and several people were also hurt when the trailers flipped at the campground.

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The tornado continued going northeast as several farmhouses and outbuildings were damaged or destroyed between Wapakoneta and Uniopolis, particularly along Middle Pike, according to NWS.

There was considerable debris in nearby fields and a historic school building was destroyed on Brown Road.

The tornado traveled a little over 17 miles and ended around 1:07 a.m.


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