EF-0 tornadoes touch down in Tuscarawas, Stark counties Sunday, NWS confirms

Posted at 5:14 PM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 17:22:53-04

STARK COUNTY, Ohio — In addition to the EF-2 tornado that did significant damage to Richland County and injured at least six people, the National Weather Service has confirmed two smaller tornadoes touched down in our area Sunday.

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Tuscarawas County

An EF-0 tornado touched down briefly near Dover in Tuscarawas County Sunday evening, causing damage to a barn and snapping a few trees nearby, the National Weather Service confirmed.

The NWS’ storm survey confirmed the tornado touched down along Gasser Road near Dover at 5:49 p.m. The path of the tornado was less than half a mile, and the maximum width was 75 yards. No injuries were reported.

The top story of a two-story barn was blown down and a few nearby trees were snapped, the NWS in Pittsburgh stated in a tweet. Peak winds were 80 to 85 mph for the EF-0 tornado, which is the lowest intensity on the Enhanced Fujita scale.

The last tornado to strike Tuscarawas County was in July of 2013 – an EF-1 tornado traveled for 11 miles, but did not cause any deaths of injuries, according to the NWS.

Stark County

Another EF-0 tornado was found and surveyed in Stark County near Canal Fulton, the NWS in Cleveland confirmed Tuesday.

The weak tornado was on the ground for about 3.6 miles, had a width of about 50 yards, and estimated maximum wind speeds of 75 mph. No injuries were reported from this tornado.