Today is the one-year anniversary of a tornado that hit Celina in Mercer County.
Ohio sustained the most significant impacts during the storms, with multiple towns sustaining direct hits from tornadoes, some of which were strong and destructive, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.
The first significant tornado was a long-track, high-end EF-2 tornado that passed near the Indiana towns of Dunkirk and Portland before crossing into Ohio and dissipating west of Celina.
This damaging tornado heavily damaged or destroyed many homes, destroyed numerous barns, garages, storage buildings and outbuildings, damaged a church, an auto repair shop, and a gas plant, snapped numerous trees and power poles, and injured one person along its path, Elwell said.
A separate EF-2 tornado struck Celina shortly after the initial tornado dissipated, blowing out windows and ripping the roofs off businesses in town, heavily damaging the Crown factory building, snapping numerous trees and power poles and injuring eight people.