Tornado touch-downs in Sandusky and Huron counties on Wednesday, National Weather Service says
Jen Steer, newsnet5.com
5:49 PM, Jul 11, 2013
8:27 PM, Jul 11, 2013
BELLVUE, Ohio - Four tornadoes touched down in northeast Ohio during Wednesday's storms, according to the National Weather Service.
In addition to the tornadoes in Ashland and Tuscarawas counties, two more hit the western part of our viewing area.
An EF-0 tornado with winds of 75 mph hit the southwestern part of Bellevue in Sandusky County. The NWS Cleveland said the twister was 50 yards wide and on the ground for less than a mile.
Surveys of the area found the touch down happened along Flat Rock Road, north of Kilbourne Street, and ended near Gardner Street. According to the NWS, the tornado may have been at tree-top level because most of the damage was to trees and roofs.
The NWS also found evidence of strong, downburst winds in Bellevue and the surrounding area. Downed power lines and fallen trees were on nearly every street, as homes sustained roofing and siding damage.
About 12 miles in Seneca and Huron counties, another tornado, this time with winds at 90 mph, hit Reed Township. The NWS said it was an EF-1 and its path was more than 10 miles long.
The tornado touched down near the intersection of County Road 27 and Township Road 122, then lifted near the Bellevue Reservoir in Huron County.
A second-story wall collapsed inside one home while its attached garage was lifted from the foundation. According to the National Weather Service, several barns lost sections of roofing.
Straight-line winds caused significant damage to crops, especially corn.