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National Weather Service confirms 8 tornadoes swept across Ohio

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Posted at 8:17 AM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 08:17:08-04

CELINA, Ohio — The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday night that eight tornadoes swept through the state over a two-day period, from Sunday into Monday, during Memorial Day Weekend.

Gov. Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency, allowing affected counties access to disaster relief funding and personnel from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.

RELATED: Celina residents hit with rain after Memorial Day tornado damages homes

The NWS confirmed the tornadoes in the following counties:

  • EF3 across much of Montgomery County, including Trotwood
  • EF3 across Beavercreek Township
  • EF2 in NE Montgomery County south of Vandalia
  • EF0 in Miami/Montgomey Counties near Phillipsburg
  • EF0 southeast of Circleville OH (Pickaway County)
  • EF1 south of Tarlton OH (Pickaway County)
  • EF2 near Laurelville OH (Hocking County)
  • EF3 in Celina, OH (Mercer County)

One person, 81-year-old Melvin Dale Hannah, died when a tornado flung a parked car through the walls of his Celina home, according to the Associated Press. Hundreds of others saw their homes reduced to splinters by the powerful storms during Memorial Day Weekend.

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