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Tornado confirmed in Carroll, Columbiana counties

Updated: Wednesday, July 24 2013, 06:30 PM EDT

By Jon Rudder

National Weather Service employees were in Carroll and Columbiana counties surveying damage on Wednesday afternoon from the storms on Tuesday.

NEWS9 spoke with local residents about the damage and talked with National Weather Service officials during their survey. They confirmed that an EF-0 tornado struck northeast Carroll and southwest Columbiana counties. The storm had 70 to 75 mph winds winds and officials observed a dramatic debris path throughout their investigation.

Downed trees and power lines were around every bend.Cornfields were flattened by the wind.

"We're looking for either damage that diverges, or fans out, as we survey through it or damage that converges,or comes together," Matt Kramar from the National Weather Service said. "Typically when you have a tornado, the damage comes together, when you have a down-burst, the damage fans out."

Roofs were peeled off the tops of barns. The metal sheathing was pulled off of Neil Gromley's barn and a shed was lifted off its foundation and thrown into his corn. Gromley's livestock feed off of that corn over the winter, but now most of it won't be used.

"It's a pretty substantial loss; most of that won't come back because it actually fractured at the stock and is laying over pretty bad." Gromley said. "I don't know what percentage but probably 25 to 50 percent lost, from what I can see."

The storm also blew in the doors to his barn, and lifted hay bales out the other side.

"It's very localized; from what I've seen, we definitely took a direct hit," Gromley said. "We've had near-misses, but nothing that got into the buildings like it did here."

Kramar said that he believes most of the damage was caused by straight-line winds, but he did find a narrow tornado path. 

It was the third tornado to touch down in Carroll County in the past two weeks.

Kramar also said that in Columbiana County, near Thompson Park in East Liverpool, the area suffered a down-burst with winds of 80 to 90 miles per hour. He said the clear fanning out of the debris was a distinct sign of the down-burst.

Tornado confirmed in Carroll, Columbiana counties

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