The Tornado Outbreak of August 15, 2021 was a costly, deadly, and catastrophic tornado outbreak that struck the states of Indiana and Ohio during the afternoon and evening hours of August 15, 2021.
The outbreak killed 24 people, and resulted in millions of dollars in damages.
- 1 Synopsis
- 2 Confirmed Tornadoes
- 3 Notable Tornadoes
A large intense storm system began to strengthen and diversify as it traversed the United States in the days prior to August 15. Although severe weather was limited in the days prior, the SPC began monitoring August 15, as conditions began to set up for a severe weather outbreak. A majority of the models showed the system over the states of Indiana and Ohio, coinciding with high levels of shear, moisture, lift, and all the parameters needed to set up a large scale severe weather outbreak. On August 14th, the SPC issued a high risk of severe weather for portions of eastern Indiana and western Ohio, citing tornadoes - some of witch with the potential to be significant - as the main threat.
On August 15, around 2:30 PM, initiation of storms began around the US 31 corridor. Soon, tornado watches would be issued for much of east north east Indiana and west north west Ohio. The watches issued would all have PDS tags with them. Within the hour, storms began to rotate, as tornado warnings would begin to be issued. Soon, several weak tornadoes would begin to develop before more intense tornadoes would develop later on.
Confirmed tornadoes by Enhanced Fujita rating
|EF#||Location||County/ Parish||State||Time (UTC)||Path length (mi)||Max width (yd)||Summary|
|EF0||E of Beaver Dam||Kosciusko||IN||1708-1714||3.75||430||A brief EF0 tornado struck homes around Loon and McLures lakes, producing very limited damage.|
|EF0||North Manchester||Wabash||IN||1722-1729||3.73||510||A brief EF0 tornado touched down in a farmfield west of North Manchester, before moving into the city, where it would eventually lift. Minimal amounts of damage were reported.|
|EF0||S of Sidney||Kosciusko||IN||1730-1738||3.73||230||An EF0 tornado touched down south of Sidney, IN and mainly stayed over rural portions of Kosciusko County, before lifting west of South Whitley.|
|EF0||SE of Barbee||Kosciusko, Whitley||IN||1735-1744||5.01||410||An EF0 tornado touched down south of the vacation haven of Barbee, before moving and hitting the sprawling Yogi Bears Jellystone campground. Some damage would be done in the campground, but it would be minimal. The tornado would lift soon afterward.|
|EF1||Goblesville area||Huntington, Whitley||IN||1746-1805||9.51||780||This EF1 directly struck the small hamlet of Luther, where low end EF1 damage was documented. One home had its roof partially torn off in town. The twister then directly followed Indiana 114, porudcing mainly EF0 damage, with a few structures suffering low end EF1 damage.|
|EF1||S of Columbia City||Whitley||IN||1753-1806||6.01||320||A high end EF1 tornado struck areas south of Columbia City, Indiana. One home suffered exterior wall damage, but was found to have been poorly built. Another home had its entire roof torn off, but was found to have not been secured to the home correctly. One person was injured when debris from the tornado struck a car along Indiana State route 9.|
|EF0||S of Warren||Wells, Huntington||IN||1759-1803||2.24||370||A brief, yet wide EF0 struck mainly farmland south of Warren, IN. Some roof damage to structures was observed.|
|EF1||SW of Markle||Huntington, Wells||IN||1803-1814||5.35||620||An EF1 tornado touched down south of Markle, and soon crossed I-69, where one semi was flipped over. One Structure along Indiana State route 9 suffered low end EF1 damage when its roof was torn off.|
|EF0||Balbec area||Blackford, Jay||IN||1821-1828||3.48||520||A brief, yet wide EF0 tornado struck mainly farmland south of the town of Balbec. Limited damage was documented.|
|EF1||S of Bluffton||Wells||IN||1822-1831||4.34||450||An EF1 tornado struck a few structures near the hamlet of Reiffsburg. One agricultural processing facility had a small portion of its roof torn off just north of town.|
|EF3||Fort Wayne (1st tornado)||Allen||IN||1825-1837||5.53||230||See Article on this tornado|
|EF3||Fort Wayne (2nd tornado)||Allen||IN||1830-1851||10.36||1160||1 death- See Article on this tornado|
|EF1||Bryant area||Jay||IN||1840-1852||5.65||570||Shortly after the Balbec tornado touched down, an EF1 tornado touched down south of the towns of West Liberty and Bryant. The twister tore teh roofs off of several farms and homes, and some tree damage was observed.|
|EF1||Decatur||Adams||IN||1846-1904||8.51||680||A large, high end EF1 tornado struck the southern side of Decatur, severely damaging several large stores and other commercial sites. The Adams County Sheriffs office would have it roof partially torn off. The Decatur Walmart Supercenter would have portions of its roof cave in, and one of its walls would be partially blown in. Several homes just west of the shopping district would suffer similar high end EF1 damage. The Adams Memorial Hospital would suffer a direct hit, and would have around a quarter of its windows blown out. The tornado would continue for a short distance, and would lift just north of the small town of Rivare.|
|EF4||E of Berne to Spencerville||Adams, Mercer (OH), Auglaize (OH), Van Wert (OH), Allen (OH)||IN, OH||1855-1948||28.18||1610||4 Deaths- See Article on this tornado|
|EF1||W of Burkettsville||Drake||OH||1905-1917||6.53||460||A tornado touched down just east of the Indiana state line, before doing severe roof damage to several structures. Severe crop damage was noted near the middle of the path, and several trees along the path were knocked over. The tornado lifted less then a mile southwest of the village of Burkettsville.|
|EF0||NW of Hicksville||DeKalb, Defiance (OH)||IN, OH||1904-1913||3.85||310||A weak EF0 touched down in Indiana and moved into Ohio, producing only limited roof damage.|
|EF2||S of Payne to North of Haviland||Paulding||OH||1913-1932||10.87||1130||This tornado followed a mainly southeastern path throughout its life. This EF2 mainly crossed over rural land throughout its lifetime, however, three homes north of the hamlet of Haviland would suffer low end EF2 damage, warranting the given rating. Several trees would be knocked over as well.|
|EF3||Celina||Mercer||OH||1914-1932||10.13||740||See Article on this Tornado|
|EF2||SW of Van Wert to E of Delphos||Van Wert, Allen, Putnam||OH||1919-1957||20.29||1640||This tornado formed south southwest of the city of Van Wert, and then clipped the far southern edge of the city. Numerous homes south of Van Wert would also be severely damaged. The tornado would then track over mainly corn fields before striking the village of Middle Point, where high end EF2 damage would occur. Several houses would have there entire roofs torn off . Several people would be critically injured. The NWS initially gave the damage in Middle Point a preliminary EF3 rating, but then downgraded it after finding faults in the building of the roofs. The twister would then strike the northern edge of the city of Delphos, before lifting northeast of town.|
|EF2||Paulding||Paulding||OH||1920-1934||8.44||1090||This tornado produced mid EF2 damage throughout much of the city of Paulding. Numerous small industrial complexes and commercial structures had all or portions of there roofs torn off. Dozens of homes would see similar damage as well. The northern portion of downtown Paulding would be struck as well, although damage in downtown would be limited due to the tornado mainly affecting areas just north of downtown. Paulding Schools would be struck head on, and would have its roof torn off as well. The tornado would then exit town and would lift a few miles away.|
|EF0||NW of Defiance||Defiance||OH||1938-1949||5.15||270||A small, weak tornado would impact a few homes north of Defiance Memorial Airport, producing limited damage.|
|EF0||West Unity area||Williams||OH||1940-1952||5.7||300||A small tornado would impact areas south of West United, producing limited damage.|
|EF1||Fort Loramie to Anna||Shelby||OH||1941-2010||13.78||1050||This tornado touched down just north of the village of Fore Loramie before tracking through Lake Loramie State Park. Numerous structures along the Lake Shore and the nearby areas would be severely damaged and or destroyed. High end EF1 damage would begin as several homes that would have portions of there roofs torn off. Several large and small trees would be knocked. One piece of farm machinery would be lifted and thrown 20 yards away. Large portions of iron fence at the St. Patrick Cemetery would be knocked down and thrown a short distance. One person would be injured when there home's roof along Ohio SR 29 would collapse in on the home. The tornado would reach peak intensity when the tornado would directly strike the Anna Honda Plant, producing high end EF1 damage. The twister would soon cross I-75 south of Anna, before lifting in a small subdivision.|
|EF0||Continental area||Paulding, Putnam||OH||1953-2002||4.72||360||A brief EF0 would be observed by law enforcement north of Continental. Little damage would be reported.|
|EF2||Wapakoneta||Auglaize||OH||2000-2011||6.21||430||A low end EF2 would strike southern portions of Wapakoneta. The Wapakoneta Water Treatment Plant would be severely damaged. Several cars along US-33 would be damaged by flying debris from the tornado. One truck transporting petroleum would be flipped over, resulting in its contents being spilled across the highway and nearby areas. One mobile home park would be clipped by the tornado, resulting in several mobile homes being destroyed. Well over a dozen industrial and government structures would be damaged or destroyed along US-33. The tornado would soon cross I-75, were several cars would be damaged, similar to the cars on US-33. A mobile home resort park would be directly struck, resulting in numerous injuries due to the damage to the mobile homes in the park. The tornado would then begin to weaken, before lifting in a corn field east of town.|
|EF2||Napoleon area||Defiance, Henry||OH||2005-2025||10.46||990||This tornado would touchdown in the small hamlet of Okolona, where limited damage would occur. It would then expand in size and strengthen, before high end EF2 damage would occur south of Napolean. One home would have its entire roof torn off, and some of its exterior walls destroyed. One boat travelling along the Maumee River would be severely damaged, and would be drug ashore by the twisters intense winds. Thankfully, all people aboard would survive with limited injuries. The twister would then travel south of the Henry County Airport, before lifting along the banks of the South Turkeyfoot Creek.|
|EF3||Lima/Fort Shawnee area||Allen||OH||2007-2018||6.75||590||See Article on this tornado|
|EF2||Avis to Ottawa||Putnam||OH||2010-2022||7.2||640||A tornado of EF2 strength would damage homes near Avis and Ottawa, before lifting.|
|EF1||Belmore area||Putnam||OH||2022-2037||7.05||400||An EF1 did minor damage to homes near Belmore. Two trees were knocked down and 1 power pole was found to have been snapped, although it is believed that the power pole was rotted, preventing a higher rating.|
|EF0||Roundhead||Hardin||OH||2035-2044||4.69||130||A tornado was reported near Roundhead by law enforcement. Minor damage was found.|
|EF2||Bluffton to Arlington||Allen, Hancock||OH||2036-2102||14.83||640|
|EF0||Bellefontaine area||Logan||OH||2042-2053||5.65||190||A brief tornado touched down near Bellefontaine, with little damage being reported.|
|EF4||Benton Ridge to Findlay to Alvada||Hancock, Seneca||OH||2043-2128||23.76||1440||17 Deaths- See Article on this tornado|
|EF0||E of Swanton||Lucas||OH||2047-2054||3.96||410||A tornado was reported by Toledo Express Airport staff north of the airport. Limited damage occurred.|
|EF1||SW of North Baltimore to N of Tiffin||Hancock, Wood, Seneca||OH||2051-2147||28.88||1350||A long tracked, high end EF1 tore a path through portions of Hancock, Wood, and Seneca counties, dealing damage to numerous structures and injuring over a dozen.|
|EF2||N of Kenton to N of Morral||Hardin, Wyandot, Marion||OH||2100-2142||22.23||1710||An EF2 tornado would tear through areas near Kenton and Morral, doing limited damage. One farmstead would suffer damage equivalent to that of a low end EF2, however.|
|EF3||Bowling Green||Wood||OH||2100-2111||5.32||410||1 Death- See Article on this tornado|
|EF1||Mt. Victory area||Hardin||OH||2107-2116||4.47||270||An EF1 tornado would strike areas near Mt. Victory, severely damaging a group of homes before lifting.|
|EF3||S of Vanlue to S of Chatfield||Wyandot, Crawford||OH||2118-2215||29.35||1260||See Article on this tornado|
|EF0||S of Richwood||Union, Delaware||OH||2126-2135||4.19||300||A tornado did limited amounts of damage to areas south of Richwood.|
|EF1||Gibsonburg||Sandusky||OH||2130-2149||9.41||660||An EF1 would directly strike Gibsonburg, where several homes would suffer severe roof damage, and numerous trees would be downed.|
|EF2||Marion||Marion||OH||2134-2154||10.7||850||An EF2 tornado would tear a path directly through Marion, severely damaging and even destroying over a hundred structures.|
|EF2||W of Bloomville to Caroline||Seneca||OH||2155-2219||11.22||620||An EF2 tornado would tear a path through predominantly rural portions of Seneca County, damaging several structures.|
|EF1||New Winchester||Crawford||OH||2205-2212||2.8||330||A brief yet fairly strong tornado tore through portions of New Winchester before abruptly lifting. Minor roof damage was documented by NWS damage surveyors.|
|EF1||West Lodi area||Seneca, Huron||OH||2209-2224||8.02||690||A tornado would touchdown near West Lodi,and would deal severe damage to areas nearby.|
|EF1||Whites Landing area||Sandusky, Erie||OH||2214-2227||6.64||470||A tornado would severely damage trees near White Landing, doing EF1 damage.|
|EF0||E of Mt. Gilead||Morrow||OH||2222-2230||5.07||360||A fairly brief tornado would do limited amounts of damage to areas east of Mt. Gilead.|
|EF2||W of Willard to E of Boughtonville||Huron||OH||2224-2253||15.3||1280||An EF2 tornado would damage several structures in Huron County.|
|EF1||Shiloh area||Richland||OH||2239-2250||5.54||660||A tornado of EF1 strength would damage a few structures near Shiloh.|
|EF3||Mansfield||Richland||OH||2240-2255||7.39||1010||A low end EF3 tornado would touchdown and severely damage several structures west of Mansfield, before entering town. The tornado would soon begin to rapidly weaken once entering Mansfield, however, and would eventually lift.|
|EF0||SE of Sandusky||Erie||OH||2245-2252||3.63||170||A tornado damaged a few structures southeast of Sandusky, before soon lifting.|
|EF1||Clarksfield area||Huron, Lorain||OH||2253-2314||10.65||1150||An EF1 would track near Clarksfield, doing damage to a few structures.|
|EF0||E of Butler||Richland, Ashland||OH||2303-2312||4.93||500||A brief tornado would do limited damage to areas East of Butler.|
|EF0||E of Savannah||Ashland||OH||2312-2323||4.88||300||A brief tornado would do limited damage to areas east of Savannah.|
|EF0||E of Vermilion||Lorain||OH||2316-2322||2.63||180||A brief tornado touched down near Vermilion. One house had shingles torn off, and a nearby tree had several limbs torn off.|
|EF1||Huntington area||Lorain, Medina||OH||2320-2333||6.16||690||A tornado would damage structures near Huntington, before quickly lifting.|
|EF1||Funk area||Ashland, Wayne||OH||2326-2332||2.73||280||A rather brief tornado would touchdown near Funk, before striking a home an doing low end EF1 damage. Shortly thereafter, the tornado would lift.|
|EF0||SW of Lagrange||Lorain||OH||2328-2336||3.51||180||An off duty NWS employee reported a tornado near Lagrange. Minor damage occurred.|
|EF0||Avon||Lorain||OH||2349-2354||2.99||140||An off duty NWS employee reported a tornado in Avon. Limited damage occurred.|
|EF0||S of Wooster||Wayne||OH||2350-2357||2.73||270||A brief tornado was reported by storm spotters near Wooster.|
|EF3||Valley City to Peninsula||Medina, Summit||OH||2353-0047||20.08||1070||See Article on this tornado|
|EF1||S of Medina||Medina||OH||0000-0017||6.95||710||A tornado of EF1 strength would severely damage structures near Medina, before lifting.|
|EF0||Sterling||Wayne||OH||0000-0009||2.87||180||A brief tornado would so minimal damage to areas near Sterling.|
North Fort Wayne, IN EF3
One of the first supercells of the day would produce an EF3 tornado in northern Fort Wayne shortly before the South Fort Wayne EF3 would touchdown. The tornado would touchdown in the North Franke Park neighborhood of North Fort Wayne, and quickly begin to produce EF1 damage as it would cross US 27. The crowded Glenbrook Square would be the next target, as the tornado would strike it at near peak shopping hour. The twister would continue to rapidly intensify and grow in size, as it would reach low-end EF2 intensity as it would enter the Highland Park Forest neighborhood. There, a mobile home park would be obliterated by the twisters winds. Several small homes and businesses would also be hit by the tornadoes intense winds. Several large apartment complexes
would be struck next. Several of the apartments roofs would be torn off, and some of the exterior walls on the upper floors would collapse.
On the northern side of the tornadoes circulation, dozens of stores and businesses would also be impacted. There, many shoppers would be foreced to shelter in bathrooms and hallways, as winds as high as 120 MPH barraged the structures around them. The tornado would then hit the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, the home of PUFW Mastadons basketball team, where high-end EF2 damage would occur. Just south the the Coliseum, the Johnny Appleseed Park would also be hit.
All of the trees in the park would be knocked over or uprooted. The famous grave of
Johnny Appleseed was left untouched for the most part, but part of the old medal fence around it would be knocked over. The Purdue University-Fort Wayne Football and Soccer practice facilities would also suffer severe damage.
The tornado would then cross the St. Josephs River, directly striking the Purdue University-Fort Wayne campus. The tornado would quickly intensify into a low-end EF3, as several halls and college dorms would suffer severe damage. The University's second home basketball and volleyball area, the Hilliard Gates Sports Center would be hit as well. It's roof would be torn off by the winds, and one of the outer walls would partially collapse due to the winds. Zollner stadium, the home stadium for the nearby Trine University would be struck by the southern winds of the tornado. One building associated with Ivy Tech community College would also be struck south of the stadium.
the tornado would then strike more of the universities dorms. One student in one of
the dorms would not take shelter, and would be killed when the tornado sucked him out of his room, and threw him over 100 yards away. Several apartments in the area would also suffer intense damage. The main campus of Ivy Tech Community College would be struck next, with several of the colleges halls and centers being destroyed. Here, surveyors would indicate the worst of the tornadoes damage, as one of the colleges main halls suffered EF3 damage. The tornado would then move back into residential neighborhoods, before making a slight shift north. During this shift, the tornado would slightly weaken, producing high-end EF2 damage.
Th tornado would then shift back south, and would re strengthen back to EF3 status.
The twister would stay over mainly residential neighborhoods, except for some shops and restaurants at the intersection of Maplecrest road and Stellhorn Road. The twister would then gradually weaken, before hitting a Walmart Supercenter, producing high-end EF1 damage. The tornado would then cross US 24/30, before lifting shortly there after, leaving behind a path 10 miles long and 1.3 miles wide at its widest.
Eagle Marsh-South Fort Wayne, IN EF3
The first EF3 tornado of the outbreak, this tornado touched down in the far eastern portion of the Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve. It would then begin to move northeast, soon entering the Ardmore Knolls neighborhood. There, EF0 and low-end EF1 damage would later be documented by surveyors, as minor roof and tree damage would occur. The tornado would continue, eventually moving into the Sand Point neighborhood, where more consistent EF1 damage would occur.
The first EF2 damage produced by the tornado would occur along Bluffton Roads, where an apartment complex would have its entire roof torn off. A public storage complex down the road would be flattened, and an ice cream parlor would see the same fate. The tornado would then cross the St. Marys River. On the other side of the river, a Jewish Synagogue, where high-end EF2 damage would occur. The tornado
would then move back into a residential neighborhood, where the first EF3 damage would occur, when 1 house would have all of its exterior walls collapse. The twister would then strike the Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, witch would also suffer EF3 damage. The tornado would for a short time weaken back to an EF2 as it would traverse over residential neighborhoods for a second time, before re-strengthening to an EF3 as it would strike the Southgate Plaza shopping Center. There, several stores and diners would suffer EF3 damage.
The tornado would then cross US 27, before quickly weakening as it would speed up,
moving back over residential neighborhoods. The tornado would eventually lift in the Village Woods neighborhood, leaving behind a path of destruction 5.5 miles in length and 1/3 mile wide at its peak.
Rockford, OH EF4
A supercell that had produced several weak tornadoes in eastern Indiana began to diversify as it approached the Ohio border. Rotation greatly began to intensify north of the city of Berne, IN. Shortly afterwards, a tornado would touchdown just northeast of the city. It would quickly intensify and grow in size as it moved towards the state line. For the first mile or two of the tornadoes journey, a few small structures would suffer EF0 damage, before the first EF1 and EF2 damage would occur to one farm complex in the middle of the country. The tornado would then quickly grow in size and intensity, soon beginning to produce EF3 damage to several homes in the area. Within a few minutes the tornado would reach a mile in width, but would do little damage do to the mainly rural farmland in the area. Soon, severe ground scarring with begin to occur to the land west of Rockford, as the tornado most likely reached its peak intensity. Nearby
Doppler radar documented winds of over 210 MPH. Several homes would be wiped of there foundations on the northern side of the tornado at this point, but would be deemed as poorly built by the NWS Wilmington. This would be the start of much controversy on the rating of the tornado. One scientist from Ohio State University documenting the tornadoes damage would state that there was "obvious EF5 damage present west of Rockford." One homes foundation would be partially cracked. However, NWS surveyors would claim that the foundation was already cracked , due to an unspecified event. Several homes on the southern side of the circulation would suffer similar
damage, but would also be rated as high-end EF4 damage due to the buildings poor architecture.
The twister would then come upon Parkway High School. The entire structure would bf flattened, killing 2 employees inside. Afterwards, all that would be left would be a slab and a large pile of debris. Across the street from the school, Colonial Nursing Home would suffer similar damage, as the entire structure would be flattened. The remainder of the deaths in Rockford would occur in the nursing home. Parkway's bus garage would suffer low-end EF4 damage, and several of the buses would be mangled and pushed a few yards away from the garage. The New Horizons Community Church would suffer low-end EF4 damage. All of the churches walls would collapse in, and all interior walls would be demolished. Several small homes and the towns water tower would be severely damaged next. The water tower
would stay standing, but would suffer severe structural damage and would have to be replaced after the tornado. The small homes nearby the water tower would suffer low-end EF4 damage. The Fremont Company Industrial Complex would suffer High-end EF3 damage and low-end EF4 damage, as a majority of the structure would be destroyed by the twister.
The entire town would be engulfed by the tornadoes EF4 winds, as numerous homes would be destroyed or nearly destroyed. In downtown, the town Library, the town hall, and several restaurants
would all suffer EF4 damage. A farm complex on the northern side of town would suffer high-end EF4 damage as well, and a dollar general on the same side of town would be flattened. The tornado would then cross the St. Mary's River, soon hitting a few homes at EF3 strength before destroying a golf course. The twister would then pass the golf course, where it would resume ground scarring, as up to 5 inches of soil in the cornfields in the area would be torn up from the Earth. This, however, would only last for a brief minute or so before the tornado would begin its slow weakening stage.
Several homes in the area would suffer low-end EF4 damage, before the tornado would clip the northern side of the town of Mendon. Several
homes in the town would suffer EF2 and EF3 damage, but, due to the town being on the far southern tip of the rotation, the town would be spared by the worst winds att he center of the tornado, witch were still high-end EF3 and low-end EF4 level. Here, the tornado would reach its peak width of 2 miles wide.
The tornado would then pick up in speed as its size and winds began to lower, buts its path of damage and wrath would not be over yet, as the tiny hamlet of Monticello was still left to bare the wrath of the beast. Homes on roads 20 and 116 would suffer low-end EF3
damage, and the towns church would suffer high-end EF2 damage. The churches spire would fall off, followed by the churches roof being torn off. The town general store would be flattened, and several homes just south of the town limits would be entirely destroyed; although this would be cited as due to poor building conditions.
The twister would then traverse areas south of Spencerville, crossing Ohio route 66, before lifting in a small rural subdivision along the banks of the
Auglaize River, leaving behind a trail of damage nearly 33 miles long.
Much controversy in the weather community would arise after the NWS office in Wilmington rated the tornado as an EF4 would 200 MPH winds, the closest a tornado can get to being an EF5 without being rated an EF5. The NWS office with cite this rating as being due to the fact that at its peak intensity in southern Rockford, a fence in front of Parkway High School was left standing and without a scratch, leaving them to believe that the school and the Nursing Home across the street were built with below par quality. This, however, would be
highly criticized by meteorologists, as tornadoes are known for doing inconsistent damage, such as the damage documented in Rockford. Some people have also noted that damage just to the west of Rockford, -where the twister likely reached its peak intensity- also showed characteristics of EF5 damage. Many sources have rated the tornado as an EF5 or a possible EF5 due to that fact and the damage documented.
Celina, OH EF3
A few miles south of the Rockford cell, another potent storm would produce a strong tornado near the city of Celina, OH. The tornado would avoid any structures for a majority of its early life, only damaging trees and crops before finally impacting a home near the Celina quarry along Henry Road. The home would suffer high-end EF1 damage. The tornado would continue east, continuing to traverse over farmland and trees, paralleling Ohio state route 29.
The tornado however would soon impact a small farm building and a few homes outside of Celina, before eventually entering the city itself. The tornado would first hit a solar power plant, before moving into town and destroying a storage complex. The tornado would then begin to strike residential neighborhoods, where the first EF3 damage would occur, as two houses would have there entire roofs torn off, as well as severe damage to exterior walls. The Grace Missionary Church would be struck directly next, suffering high-end EF2 damage.
The tornado would then return to the residential neighborhoods, as continued high-
end EF2 damage would occur. On the southern side of the circulation, the Reynolds & Reynolds industrial plant would the third structure to suffer EF3 damage. As the twister would continue on its eastern path, the Mercer health Urgent Care Center would be struck, where more EF3 damage would be documented.
The Buds Chrysler Jeep Ram Car dealership would be destroyed shortly after the urgent care center would be impacted, while residential zones would still continue to feel the wrath of the northern side of the circulation. The Celina water plant would take a direct hit, limiting the cities water supply.
The tornado would then become a waterspout, as it would begin to go over Grand lake St. Mary's. At first, the northern side of the tornado would hit Lake Shore park and Mercelina park, doing minimal damage to trees and outbuildings, before joining the rest of the tornado over water. The tornado would then begin to weaken in intensity and shrink in size, before it would hit the rich Harbor Point peninsula neighborhood.
A majority of the well built homes on the peninsula would suffer high-end EF1 damage, while a few would be impacted by low-end EF2 winds. Then, a few minutes later, the tornado would exit back over the lake just as fast as it arrived. The tornado would then take an abrupt turn northeast shortly before it lifted, directly impacting the Wright State University-Lake Campus. Minimal damage would be reported, but a few tree limbs knocked down by the twisters EF0 winds would land on cars, totaling them. The tornado would then lift shortly thereafter, ending its path of destruction.
Lima, OH EF3
The tornado touched down in the western side of Lima in a well built residential development near Fort Amanda Road. The tornado was a product of the same supercell that had produced the Rockford EF4. For a majority of its early life, EF0 damage would be the peak intensity, as several large branches off of trees and minor roof damage would be reported.
The first EF1 damage associated with the twister would occur at the intersection of Fort Amanda Road and Shawnee Road. There, several commercial buildings would suffer severe roof damage and minor wall damage, and a few trees would be knocked over. The Shawnee
Township Police Department would also suffer EF1 winds, with roof damage being reported.
The tornado would strengthen to an EF2 as it would clip the southern tanks of a refinery in the area. The twister would then begin a period of rapid intensification as low-end EF3 damage would later be identified at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, witch would suffer a direct hit by the tornadoes winds. The tornado would then move further into this industrial area, striking several large oil tanks, a majority of witch would suffer EF3 damage.
The tornado would then cross the South Dixie Highway, shortly before exiting the industrial area, re entering the residential portions of south Lima. EF2 damage would resume in the residential district, and continue as the tornado entered a small shopping center. The twister would then begin to quickly weaken, eventually crossing I-75 as a low-end EF1, before lifting in a cornfield east of the highway.
Bowling Green, OH EF3
The tornado would touchdown in Western Bowling Green around the same time the Findlay, OH EF4 was decimating the city. The tornado would quickly intensify as homes just north of the Wood County-Bowling Green hospital. The tornado would then hit Conneaut Elementary School, producing high-end EF1 damage to the structure. The Bowling Green city Park would be struck next, where numerous trees would be uprooted and damage to playgrounds and outbuildings would occur. A majority of the damage at the park would be rated as low-end EF2 and high-end EF1.
The tornado would then return back to residential neighborhoods, where mid-EF2 damage would occur. Damage surveyors noted that two houses in this area had there exterior walls destroyed, but they were later determined to not have been set up correctly when first built. The twister would then move onto the campus of Bowling Green State University, where the first EF3 damage would occur to severe college dorms and halls. The tornado would tear right through the campus, before hitting Doyt Perry Stadium, committing
low-end EF3 damage. The University's golf and tennis facilities would also be destroyed.
The tornado would then cross I-75, before striking several industrial complexes and structures, where high-end and mid-EF3 damage would occur. One employee at a local industrial complex would be killed when the buildings roofs would collapse. The twister would then rapidly weaken, before lifting in a nearby field.
Crawford-Belle Vernon-Deunquat-Benton, OH EF3
The tornado touched down in rural west Wyandot County around the same time the Findlay, OH EF4 was rampaging through the southern fringes of the city. The tornado followed the repetitive action of rapidly strengthening that had been repeated many times throughout the day. Several homes throughout the country would suffer EF1 and low-end EF2 damage. A few poorly built homes in the area would have all or almost all of there walls collapsed, however, this damage would only be rated as mid to high-end EF2 damage.
The twisters damage would be limited to only these country homes before crossing the Tymochtee Creek. After crossing the creek, it would impact US 23, damaging a few unsuspecting vehicles passing through the area. One vehicle -driven by an amateur storm chasing- would be flipped several times and thrown into the Tymochtee Creek by the tornado. The driver
would be critically injured, but would end up surviving.
The tornado would cause mid-EF2 damage to a highway rest stop along the highway. The rest stop's roof would have its roof torn off, and severe damage to the exterior walls. The rest stop would be filled
by motorists attempting to ride out the tornado. Several would describe being inside the tornado as being "like ... a giant wind tunnel." The tornado would then cross a railroad, before hitting the small town of Crawford. Many homes would suffer high-end EF2 damage in town. One home on the eastern side of the community would experience EF3 damage when its roof and exterior walls caved in. At this point the tornado would become heavily rain wrapped.
The tornado would then strike the Wyandot County Landfill, lifting millions of pieces of trash into the air. The twister would then resume over rural land, committing EF3 damage to the few buildings it came across. The tornado would soon reach peak
width, before crossing state route 53. The tornado would shortly thereafter cross the Sandusky River, before eventually hitting the village of Belle Vernon. There, the tornado would reach peak intensity, as several poorly built homes would be flattened. Once house just outside of town that was constructed especially well constructed would suffer high-end EF3 damage, with surveyors noting similarities to low-end EF4 damage, but opted to not rate it as an EF4.
The tornado would then track over several farm fields, before hitting the Shuleski
Youth Camp. Several kids staying there would shelter when the twister hit, with non of them being injured.
Shortly after the tornado struck the youth camp, it would hit the small hamlet of Deunquat. Much of the town would suffer low-end EF3 damage, but the town church would be impacted by high-end EF2 winds. The tornado would soon hit the small village of Benton as well, where mid and low-end EF2 damage would occur. One car in town would be thrown a far distance and be severely damaged. The damage to the car would be mainly credited to a vortex that packed winds much stronger than the rest of the surrounding tornado. At this point, the tornado would begin to take a
more multi vortex shape, despite the fact that it would slowly begin to weaken around the same time it adopted this new multi vortex physique.
The tornado would gradually weaken over the remainder of its path, only impacting small farm houses and property, before finally lifting south of Chatfield, leaving behind a damage path 29 miles long and 1.5 miles wide at its peak width.
Brunswick-Hinckley-Richfield, OH EF3
This tornado touched down along a country road west of the city of Brunswick, and gradually began to strengthen. Several homes began to have the shingles torn off there roofs, and branches of varying sizes would be begin to be brought down from trees. The first area of EF1 damage would begin near the intersection of Columbia Road and Abbeyville Road, where several trees would be downed. One home along Abbeyville Road would have a portion of its roof torn off. After crossing the Rocky River, Low end EF2 damage would begin as homes along numerous country roads jsut west of Bismark would be severely damaged. Some homes would have there entire roofs torn off in this area. More consistent, mid end EF2 damage would begin along Substation
road in its outlets. Here, several well built homes would have there entire roofs torn off. Some homes would also experience minor exterior wall damage. Shortly after this, the tornado would enter the city of Bismark. One large apartment complex would be the first structure to suffer EF3 damage. There, the entire roof of the complex would be torn off. The exterior walls of the top floors of the apartment complex would also be destroyed in many areas. To the south of the apartment complex, several well built homes would see similar damage; roofs torn off and exterior wall damage. Nearly all of the windows in these areas would also be blown
out. The twister would continue to run along Laurel Road, severely damaging or destroying several commercial structures, as well as residential neighborhoods in Brunswick. Applewood Elementary School, in the center of southern Brunswick, would suffer high end EF3 damage. It's roof would be torn off, and large amounts of exterior walls would collapse or be destroyed. Some interior walls would also be destroyed. Nearby Huntington Elementary school would suffer EF1 damage. Its windows would be blown out and portions of its roof would be torn off. The Grace Baptist Church would suffer EF2 damage. Its spire would be torn off by the
tornadoes winds, and its colorful stained glass windows would be blown in and destroyed. small portion of it's roof would also be torn off, mainly along the northern side of the church. The tornado would then cross i-71. Along the interstate, several cars would be damaged, and a few small vehicles would be flipped. A few commercial structures across from the interstate would then be damaged by the EF3 winds, before the tornado would exit town. After the twister would leave Brunswick, a few rural homes would be next to be hit. The tornado would soon clip the town of Hinckley. Little amounts of damage would occur in the town. Lake Echo Glen would be directly struck by the tornado, with several structures in town
suffering EF2 damage. The tornado would gradually weaken, before crossing I-77 near the hamlet of Richfield at EF1 strength. One semi would be turned over by the tornado, resulting in large pieces of wood spilling across the north bound lane of the highway, shutting it down for several hours. Portions of I-271 would then be struck. Several scared motorists along the highway would veer of the way, injuring themselves in the process as the tornado was hitting them. On car crashed into a power pole, critically injuring the driver. The tornado would then eventually lift just southeast of the village of Peninsula. The village itself would suffer EF0 damage. The tornado would leave behind a 22 mile long path.
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