Multiple people injured after reported tornadoes in western Ohio
CELINA, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Emergency crews are cleaning up the devastation after multiple people were hurt from a possible tornado in Mercer County.
Officials said eight people were injured in Celina: six at a restaurant on Havemann Rd., one at another business down the street, and another State Route 29 just east of Celina from an accident when a power pole fell. None of the injuries are life threatening.
An emergency manager reported an EF1 tornado approximately 200 yards wide touched down on the east side of town in the business district with several businesses damaged, including roofs torn off, according to the National Weather Service.. The official also said over 100 vehicles were damaged with some windows blown out. The National Weather Service says two separate tornadoes likely struck in Mercer County -- near Wabash and Celina -- and will send a team Monday morning to assess the damage to determine the strength of the tornado.
In a video recorded by Alyssa Roth, you can see multiple buildings with roofs ripped off and walls caved in down Havemann Road, including a Dollar General and Crown Equipment Corporation. There are also numerous power lines down after several utility poles were either snapped or knocked down.
Reports of damage include the areas of East Market Street, Livingston Street and Grand Lake Road.
There was also a confirmed tornado touchdown in Jay County, Indiana, which is just west of Mercer County.
A Tornado Warning was very briefly issued for Clark and Madison Counties. The warning was cancelled within 10 minutes and replaced by a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. There was one report of some damage to fences and power lines in South Vienna (Clark County).
There was also another reported tornado in Erie County near Sandusky with some storm spotter reports of damage, but no word from the NWS.
Franklin County experienced a Severe Thunderstorm Warning with a wind gust of 56 mph recorded at John Glenn International Airport and over an inch of rain reported. In Thornville (Perry County), there were some reports of trees and power lines down after they too were issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning.