Tornadoes Injure Dozens In Ohio And Indiana, Kill At Least One
The National Weather Service warned that storms “capable of producing large hail, damaging wind and tornadoes” are likely on Tuesday across a large swath of the United States, following storms and tornadoes in the Midwest that left one person dead and dozens injured.
A spate of severe weather spawned at least two tornadoes in Ohio late Monday and early Tuesday, causing widespread damage and leaving thousands without power.
The NWS confirmed that a “large and dangerous” tornado was on the ground near Dayton, Ohio, at 11 p.m. on Monday, calling the event an “extremely dangerous situation” while urging residents to take cover. A second tornado was confirmed just before 1 a.m. Tuesday near Circleville, Ohio, about 25 miles south of Columbus.
Melvin Dale Hannah, 81, was killed when storm winds blew a parked car into his home, according to Celina, Ohio Mayor Jeffrey Hazel.
According to WHIO-TV, more than 60,000 homes in Ohio were also without power early Tuesday morning. Reports of damage were widespread, but the extent of that damage remains unclear.
“It has done a significant amount of damage,” Hazel said in an interview with WHIO. “I have done quite a bit of touring this evening and I can tell you there are multiple houses that are completely destroyed.”
Officials with the Ohio Department of Transportation were using trucks fitted with snow plows to clear debris off major highways Tuesday. Transportation authorities were urging residents to stay indoors and off roadways.
The National Weather Service in Indianapolis said tornadoes had also impacted parts of Indiana. The NWS said it was sending a team to survey tornado damage in Pendleton, Indiana, located about 100 miles west of Dayton.
President Donald Trump tweeted that the storms “were very dangerous and damaging,” adding that he had received regular updates from his team.
Severe weather on Tuesday could affect an area stretching from the central plains through the Midwest and into some northeastern states, according to the National Weather Service.
This story has been updated with additional information about the storms and their damage.
Julian Shen-Berro contributed reporting.