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TORNADO UPDATE: NWS details damage in Clark, Greene counties

Published: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 @ 3:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 05, 2018 @ 2:06 AM

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GREENE COUNTY TORNADO

Five sheep were killed in the EF1 tornado that touched down near Xenia on Tuesday afternoon, National Weather Service investigators said. 

The finding was included in the public statement based on their survey of damage to more than 25 properties as the result of the tornado, with 95-mph winds, that hit about 4:45 p.m. 

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NWS investigators said the first confirmed damage area was in the 1000 block of Ludlow Road in Beavercreek Twp., where there was wall damage and roof was taken off a large barn and a collapsed silo occurred at a second barn. There was roof and chimney on a residence on the property. Numerous hardwood and softwood trees were damaged as well.

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Several properties farther east along Ludlow Road were damaged. The most significant damage occurred in the 800 block, where more than 30 percent of one home’s roof was torn off and multiple windows were broken. 

Additional, significant barn and tree damage occurred on the property. 

In the 700 to 500 block of Ludlow, several homes had roof damage. Barns had significant damage.  

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The tornado continued east, in the 2400 North Block of U.S. 68. Minor damage was done to a home, mainly siding and roof damage as well as a collapsed chimney and a destroyed fence. A large camper was rolled over and the roof was lifted off a brick outbuilding. 

Farther east along Clifton Road, in the 700 and 800 block, barns and homes had roof and porch damage. Significant roof and siding damage was present on the residences of two homes in the 2400 block of Clifton Road.

“A sheep farm in this area did experience the loss of five sheep,” weather service investigators said. 

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The northern most extent of confirmed tornado damage was along state Route 72 and Clifton Road. They reported widespread tree and roof damage along Wilberforce-Clifton Road and 72, south of Clifton, all in the same north-northeast direction. 

“While the wind damage was significant in this area, estimated to be as high as 80 mph, this damage was more consistent with straight line wind damage," investigators said.

CLARK COUNTY TORNADO

National Weather Service investigators released details about the EF1 tornado that touched down 3 miles west and northwest of Selma and southwest of South Charleston, in Clark County. 

The tornado hit during a three-minute period (4:56 to 4:59 p.m.), cutting a path of 4.3 miles and packing 90-mph winds. There were no injuries. 

Investigators said the first visual sign of tornadic damage was observed on Cortsville Road, where a barn was destroyed and a large hardwood tree was knocked down. 

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“Damage continued to the east-northeast, particularly at the McDorman Farm on Selma Pike where multiple buildings were damaged. A significant portion of the roof of one building was lifted off and blown into an adjacent field. On another building, multiple sides had siding removed and sustained some roof damage. Exterior walls on multiple sides of a large barn were also damaged. 

“It is possible that the tornado briefly lifted beyond this property, although additional tornadic damage was observed as far east as Clifton Road. Shutters were removed and lifted from multiple sides of a two-story home. One tree was also downed nearby. 

“An eyewitness report confirmed the presence of a tornado in this vicinity. The tornado is believed to have ended shortly after as no additional damage was observed further east along Clifton Road and within South Charleston.”

“It has been determined that the tornadic damage in this vicinity is separate and independent from the tornadic damage further southwest in parts of Greene County, Ohio,” NWS officials said in their Public Information Statement. 

INITIAL REPORT (April 4)

National Weather Service investigators plan to conduct storm damage surveys this morning to confirm whether a tornado touched down Tuesday in northern Greene and possibly into southeastern Clark counties.

“Based on radar evidence and damage reported, it is believed that a tornado was responsible for damage in northern Greene County, possibly extending into southeastern Clark County,” the National Weather Service said in a statement.

The NWS will look at radar evidence, and consider photos, videos and storm reports from the public and first responders to determine what caused the damage. 

“They look at how the damage is thrown about when they are on the survey site,” said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. “If trees are snapped in random directions, a tornado likely caused the damage. If trees or damage looked to be knocked over in one direction, then straight line winds are more likely to blame.”

No injuries were reported.

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Xenia and Beavercreek townships, Greene County

Severe storms Tuesday afternoon caused significant damage in Xenia Twp. and Beavercreek Twp. There was significant damage to trees, barns and other buildings from Ludlow Road to Clifton Road in the area of U.S. 68 and Ohio 235. 

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South Charleston, Clark County

A barn was destroyed on Cortsville Road, leaving debris scattered. An adjacent barn was left standing.

Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett said her office received reports of a funnel cloud near South Charleston shortly after 5 p.m. Trees were reported down.

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“It was southwest of the village,” said Chris Clark, Madison Twp. Fire and EMS Chief. “It was moving east. There was obvious and significant rotation in it, however I couldn’t see the base because of the vantage point. I can’t say it was on the ground but it was a rather large funnel cloud.”

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