Weather Service Says Straight Line Winds Caused Pickaway County Damage


UPDATED: Monday November 18, 2013 5:39 PM

The National Weather service says storm damage east of Ashville in Pickaway County was caused by straight-line winds  -- not a tornado.

The National Weather Service made the announcement Monday afternoon following a survey of the area.

People in Ashville said it seemed like a Tornado ripped through their community Sunday night.

"It sounded just like a train going through and it lasted, I don't know, 10-15 seconds at the most,” said Burl Scott

“I heard this terrible roar and then I heard the tree hit the house and then I heard things tumbling down the deck,” said Sandy Dowdy.

National Weather Service Science and Operations Officer Seth Binau says he wanted to look for signs of a Tornado.

"We are looking for things like mud spatter. Is there evidence that items on the ground were lifted, because that is what a tornado does, it lifts,” said Seth Binau.

Binau says the straight-line winds of 80- to 85-mph may have had bursts that created conditions that mimic a Tornado.

"With very strong wind gusts you can have what’s called, "Gustnados" They are very localized spin ups. It's not a tornado but it is a very quick swirling part of a larger push of wind,” said Binau.

The NWS also looked at storm damage in other parts of Ohio.

An EF2 tornado and another tornado were confirmed in northwest Ohio, touching down near Perrysburg.

An EF1 was confirmed in Ottawa County. The NWS says a third tornado touched down near Jerry City and was on the ground for about one mile.

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