4 Ohio Tornadoes Confirmed From Wednesday Storms


UPDATED: Thursday July 11, 2013 6:25 PM

The National Weather Service in Cleveland confirmed Thursday morning that a tornado was spotted in Ashland County on Wednesday.

The weather service said that the EF0 tornado was about a mile long and had winds of up to 75 miles per hour near Rowsburg, Ohio.

There were no reports of injuries. Some damage was reported from the tornado.
 
The NWS from Pittsburgh confirmed that there was also a touchdown of a tornado in Mineral City in Tuscarawas County.
 
The tornado completely ripped apart a garage that housed the fire trucks and did considerable damage to another garage that housed two ambulances and a utility vehicle.
 
"I was just horrified that something like this could happen here,” said Debbie Wine, who was one of seven firefighters in the building when the tornado hit late afternoon Wednesday.
 
The firefighters say they sought shelter at the back of their radio room and could not believe what they saw after the tornado had passed.
 
"It took me a while before I came out, but when I came out, I’d seen our station was gone,” Wine said.
 
While most of the damage was done to the fire department building, Mineral City fire chief Sam Moore says every single one of the department's trucks and ambulances suffered minor damage.
 
Moore says even though the trucks and firefighters are without a home for now, they will still be responding to calls.

"We're still going to cover them. We're running out of a command post right now, and we're trying to find tents for the trucks to be parked under,” he said.
 
The volunteer firefighters are first responders committed to their job of protecting others and thankful that, in the midst of a tornado, someone else was doing the same for them.
 
"Somebody was watching out for us,” Wine said.

Two more tornadoes were confirmed by officials on Thursday afternoon. They were located in Sandusky County and also in Huron and Seneca counties.

The Sandusky tornado was preliminarily ruled an EF0. The tornado downed trees and caused minor roof and siding damage to homes.

The tornado in Huron and Seneca was ruled a weak EF1. According to the NWS, it first touched down in the northeastern part of Seneca and Huron counties and intermittently touched down over a 10-mile path.

The damage consisted of mostly downed trees, but one home had a second story wall partially collapse.

The National Weather Service also toured damage in Hilliard and ruled that it was a 95 mile per hour microburst, not a tornado, that hit on Wednesday.

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