Ohio Damage Surveys, Tornado Classifications Continue

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As of Wednesday evening, The National Weather Service is confirming at least 8 tornadoes hit Ohio early Tuesday morning. The three in southeast Ohio were classified between weak and strong on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale.

According to a press release, teams found evidence of a weak (EF1) tornado beginning along Township Road 71A, crossing State Route 93, and continuing through Roseville eastward into Muskingum County. Winds reportedly reached 100 miles per hour and downed trees, snapped power poles and damaged buildings.

A National Weather Service map of areas in Ohio where circulations, potentially producing tornadoes, impacted parts of our region. Tornadoes did not necessarily occur in every indicated area, but multiple tornadoes have occurred May 27 – 28, 2019.

In Vinton County, a tornado of similar intensity (EF0) hit 4 miles northwest of Zaleski at approximately 2:30 AM. An official survey team found a path of tree damage along Pumpkin Ridge Road. Officials say several large trees were snapped or uprooted along the path with clear rotation evident in the debris.

In Hocking County, a stronger (EF2) tornado hit Laurelville  along the Hocking County line, near South Perry Road, and continued up and down hills past Jack Run Road.

The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories:

  • EF0…Weak……65 to 85 mph
  • EF1…Weak……86 to 110 mph
  • EF2…Strong….111 to 135 mph
  • EF3…Strong….136 to 165 mph
  • EF4…Violent…166 to 200 mph
  • EF5…Violent…>200 mph