Where did tornadoes touch down in Ohio? National Weather Service confirms more than a dozen (2024)

[This story has been updated as of 6 a.m. Friday to reflect new details of tornado confirmations from the National Weather Service.]

Another round of severe weather Tuesday evening spawned more than a dozen tornadoes across Ohio.

The National Weather Service has confirmed 13 in Ohio, and one in Indiana that ended just over the Ohio border.

NWS survey crews spent the day Wednesday and Thursday looking for storm damage in Butler, Coshocton, Darke, Jefferson, Mercer, Paulding and Warren counties in Ohio, as well as Franklin County, Indiana, and Hanco*ck County, West Virginia, according to the NWS offices in Wilmington and Pittsburgh.

Here's what they found.

Five tornadoes confirmed in Warren County

The NWS reports multiple locations in Warren County sustained tornado damage, according to the Wilmington office. It confirmed five tornadoes in the following locations:

  • Shawhan Road northeast of South Lebanon. The EF1 tornado had a maximum wind speed of 90 mph, was on the ground for almost a mile and cut a path 150 yards wide at its maximum. It first formed in a field to the west of Shawhan Road, and traveled east-northeast. The tornado caused extensive tree damage and minor roof damage. It collapsed a wall and blew the roof off a detached garage. It caused no injuries.
  • State Route 123 southeast of Lebanon. An EF0 tornado touched down near a residence along state Route 123, about a half-mile east of state Route 48. The twister had a maximum wind speed of 65 mph, was on the ground for nearly a half mile and cut a path 50 yards wide. It downed a few trees and power poles. No injuries were reported.
  • Mason Morrow Millgrove Road northeast of Morrow. An EF1 tornado touched down in the Little Miami River Valley, just northeast of Morrow. It was on the ground for almost half a mile with an estimated wind speed of 95 mph and a maximum path width of 250 yards. It caused extensive tree damage on the northern hillside rising up from the valley. It moved east, tearing the second story off one house and pulling the roof off another, as well as causing additional tree damage. It caused no injuries.
  • Mason Morrow Millgrove Road and Woodward-Claypool Road. The EF0 tornado developed west of the Little Miami River, near Mason Morrow Millgrove Road and Woodward-Claypool Road northeast of Morrow. The EF0 tornado had wind speeds of 80 mph, was on the ground for 0.29 miles and cut a path 150 yards wide at its maximum. The tornado strengthened as it crossed the river, downing trees along the Little Miami Bike Path and causing tree damage along Woodward-Claypool Road. It also damaged a residence before ending.
  • US Route 22 west of Clarksville, Ohio. The EF0 tornado was on the ground for a half mile with wind speeds of 80 mph, and a maximum path width of 150 yards. It touched down in the woods behind a residence along U.S. Route 22, snapping and uprooting trees, damaging the home's roof and destroying an adjacent pole barn. It continued east along U.S. 22, causing sporadic tree damage.

Where is Warren County, Ohio?

Warren County is in Southwest Ohio, located just northeast of Cincinnati.

Two tornadoes confirmed in Butler County

The NWS confirmed an EF1 tornado in Butler County, south of the city of Oxford. It was on the ground for nearly 2.5 miles with a wind speed of 110 mph and cut a path 200 yards wide at its maximum. No injuries were reported.

The tornado damaged roofs and downed trees from Bunker Hills Wood Road to Stillwell Beckett Road and over to the Indiana Ridge Golf Club area.

A second tornado was confirmed in the city of Middletown on Thursday afternoon. The brief, EF0 twister had an estimated wind speed of 80 mph, was on the ground for 0.3 miles and had a maximum path width of 80 yards.

The Wilmington office reports the tornado moves south to north along with west side of Cincinnati Dayton Road in southeast Middletown, damaging roofs and siding of buildings and causing minor tree damage. Also, a few semi trailers were overturned or lofted briefly.

Where is Butler County, Ohio?

Butler County is in Southwest Ohio, just north of Cincinnati.

Tornado confirmed in Clinton County

A tornado was confirmed north of the village of Blanchester in Clinton County, the NWS reports. The EF0 tornado was on the ground for 1.4 miles with winds speeds of up to 85 mph. It cut a path 80 yards wide at its maximum. No injuries were reported.

The brief tornado caused mostly tree and outbuilding damage along N. state Route 133 near Irvin Road, according to the Wilmington office. No further details on this tornado were available.

Where is Clinton County, Ohio?

Clinton County is in Southwest Ohio, about 50 miles from Cincinnati.

EF2 tornado confirmed near Coldwater in Mercer County

In Mercer County, the NWS has confirmed a tornado west of the village of Coldwater, according to the Wilmington office. The EF2 twister had a maximum wind speed of 120 mph, was on the ground 8.3 miles and cut a path 400 yards wide at its widest. No injuries or fatalities were reported.

The damage begins on the Ohio side of the state line and ends west of the village. The tornado downed trees and snapped tree trunks, damaged homes and demolished outbuildings on farms.

Where is Mercer County, Ohio?

Mercer County is in Western Ohio, along the border with Indiana and roughly 120 miles southwest of Toledo.

Another EF2 tornado hits Mercer and Auglaize counties

This EF2 tornado near the village of New Knoxville in Auglaize County had a maximum wind speed of 130 mph, was on the ground for 6.4 miles and cut a path 300 yards wide, according to the NWS, but caused no injuries.

The NWS Wilmington office reports the tornado began near the village of Montezuma in Mercer County and ended near the village of New Bremen in Auglaize. It scoured fields and damaged trees and outbuildings. The most significant damage was to two homes near Southland and Tri Township roads, where it tore off the roofs and collapsed walls.

Where is Auglaize County, Ohio?

Auglaize County is due east of Mercer County and roughly 100 miles southwest of Toledo.

EF1 tornado touches down in Darke County

In Darke County along the Ohio-Indiana line, an EF1 tornado near Greenville was confirmed by the NWS. It had a maximum wind speed of 110 mph, was on the ground for 11.9 miles and cut a path 800 yards wide at its maximum. No injuries or fatalities were reported.

According to the Wilmington office, it uprooted trees and caused minor damage to homes as it began west of Greenville.

Its width increased significantly upon entering the city, snapping and uprooting trees in Greenville Union Cemetery. It continued through the north side of the city, damaging trees and tearing the siding and shingles off homes. It also caused damaged the high school football stadium.

Where is Darke County, Ohio?

Darke County is roughly 90 miles north of Cincinnati.

EF1 tornado confirmed in Paulding County

Another EF1 tornado was confirmed by the NWS in Paulding County, near the village of Melrose. The twister had a maximum wind speed of 105 mph, was on the ground 3.23 miles and cut a path 300 yards wide at its maximum. No injuries or fatalities were reported.

According to the NWS Northern Indiana office, which covers Northwest Ohio, the worst damage happened north of Road 82, along Road 151, where several structures were damaged. An unanchored home slid 18 feet off its foundation and into a barn.

Where is Paulding County, Ohio?

Paulding County is on Ohio's border with Indiana, about 70 miles southwest of Toledo.

EF2 tornado strikes Jefferson County

The NWS office in Pittsburgh, which covers a portion of Eastern Ohio, confirmed a tornado that started in Jefferson County, Ohio, and continued through the panhandle of West Virginia and into Pennsylvania. The EF2 twister had a maximum wind speed of 130 mph, was on the ground for 15 miles and cut a path 200 yards wide. One injury was reported.

According to the NWS, it developed in Jefferson County, snapping and uprooting trees and tearing the roofs off homes. It also overturned and tossed a mobile home and knocked a single-family home off its foundation. It moved into the center of the village of Irondale, damaging more trees there. It reached peak intensity after crossing the Ohio River into the community of Fairhaven in West Virginia.

Where is Jefferson County, Ohio?

Jefferson County is along the Ohio-West Virginia border, about 75 miles south of Youngstown and a few miles southeast of East Liverpool.

Tornado confirmed in Franklin County, Indiana

The NWS has confirmed an EF1 tornado in Franklin County, Indiana, in the area of Hickory Woods Campground near Brookville, according to the NWS Wilmington office. It was on the ground for more than 8 miles with a maximum wind speed of 110 mph and cut a path 300 yards wide. It ended just over the Ohio border, near the city of Oxford in Butler County. No injuries were reported.

The tornado downed dozens of trees and overturned campers and manufactured homes at the campground. As it traveled east, it destroyed outbuildings, snapped trees and lifted the roof off a house. The last bit of damage occurred on State Line Road, just into Butler County, Ohio, where it damaged the roof of an outbuilding.

Where is Franklin County, Indiana?

Franklin County, Indiana, is along the Ohio border, about 50 miles northwest of Cincinnati.

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Where did tornadoes touch down in Ohio? National Weather Service confirms more than a dozen (1)

How are tornadoes confirmed?

After suspected tornadoes are spotted, crews from the National Weather Service survey possible tornado damage in person.

The pattern of damage, not how much damage was caused, determines whether it was a tornado,according to the weather service. For tornadoes, with theirviolently rotating columns of air, damage often has a chaotic appearance, with larger uprooted trees often crossing each other. Weather service surveyors often look at larger uproots of trees to get a true idea of where the wind was blowing from.

How are tornadoes rated?

TheEnhanced Fujita Scaleclassifies tornadoes into the following categories:

  • EF0:Weak, with wind speeds of 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, greater than 200 mph

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Where did tornadoes touch down in Ohio? National Weather Service confirms more than a dozen (2024)

FAQs

Did a tornado touch down in Ohio? ›

Another EF-1 touched down in Portage County, Ohio, in Windham. The NWS said this tornado tracked four miles with winds reaching 110 mph.

How many tornadoes have touched down in Ohio in 2024? ›

Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that, so far in 2024, Ohio has recorded 38 total tornado reports, the most of any state. This was a marked increase from last year, which during the same time period (Jan. 1 through Apr. 18) had 25 reported tornadoes.

What is the tornado record in Ohio? ›

Ohio's total tornadoes for 2024 has now reached 58, which is only four shy of the record of 62 set in 1992.

What category was the tornado in Ohio? ›

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed three tornadoes touched down in central Ohio during Wednesday's severe storms. An EF1 tornado touched down on the southwest side of Bucyrus at 4:06 p.m., carrying maximum winds of 110 mph.

What city in Ohio had a tornado? ›

The Portage County Emergency Management Agency says a tornado touched down in Windham Township, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF1 tornado in that area, with winds hitting 110 mph. The twister traveled nearly four miles and had a width of 65 yards.

Has Ohio ever had an F5 tornado? ›

Just four Ohio tornadoes since 1950 have received the most severe F5 designation. The last time was May 31, 1985 when an F5 tornado through Portage and Trumbull counties claimed 10 lives. There were 10 other tornadoes in Ohio that day.

Which state has never had a tornado? ›

Tornadoes have been documented in every U.S. state (not including the non-state territories of Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Puerto Rico) at least once since 1950, although some regions and states are hit by tornadoes far more than others.

Is Ohio now in Tornado Alley? ›

Tornado Alley can also be defined as an area reaching from central Texas to the Canadian Prairies and from eastern Colorado to western Ohio.

Which state has had the most tornadoes so far in 2024? ›

The majority of tornadoes in 2024 have touched down in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Ohio has also experienced a surge in tornadoes, with 54 reports so far.

What month does Ohio get the most tornadoes? ›

Finally, just this week on Wednesday, five more touched down.
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What's the worst tornado in US history? ›

This article lists various tornado records. The most "extreme" tornado in recorded history was the Tri-State tornado, which spread through parts of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana on March 18, 1925.

Are tornadoes rare in Ohio? ›

On average, Ohio sees about 21 tornadoes in a year. The state has already documented 35, and it's only the beginning of the official tornado season. The Buckeye State saw several toward the end of February and through the month of March.

How many tornadoes has Ohio had in 2024 today? ›

According to the NWS, 43 tornadoes have been confirmed in the state of Ohio so far in 2024. Ohio is followed by Florida with 34 tornadoes, Illinois with 30, Kentucky with 24 and Indiana with 22.

Is there a Category 0 tornado? ›

The EF Scale will still rate tornado categories from zero to five, but the ranges of wind speed in each category are now more accurate.

Has there ever been a Category 6 tornado? ›

Is an F6 Tornado Possible? There has never been an (E)F-6 tornado recorded, but they're technically not impossible. An F-6 tornado would need to reach wind speeds beyond 318 mph; however, the highest wind speeds ever recorded on Earth were 302 mph.

Is there going to be a tornado today in Ohio? ›

today. No active Tornado Warnings are in effect at this.

Did the tornado touchdown in Delaware Ohio? ›

DELAWARE COUNTY — A tornado touched down in central Ohio after severe thunderstorms moved through the area Wednesday. An EF-1 tornado touched down in far southeast Delaware County, the National Weather Service office in Wilmington confirmed. Most of the damage was confined to homes along Fancher Road, the NWS said.

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