CLEVELAND — Thursday was an extremely active weather day during the afternoon and evening. A line of severe storms rolled through Northeast Ohio, and 11 tornado warnings were issued in about a two-hour span. That is the most since 2005! The National Weather Service in Cleveland was out Friday surveying damage from these storms. They've confirmed four EF-1 tornadoes touched down in Medina, Lake, Stark and Trumbull counties, and two EF-0 tornadoes in Summit and Trumbull counties.
An EF-1 tornado touched down in the southwest portion of Hinckley Township at 4:36 p.m. on Thursday. Peak winds were 97 mph, the tornado had a path length of 2.5 miles and a path width of 50 yards. The tornado stayed on the ground until 4:42 pm. There were no fatalities or injuries. The tornado began near Turnstone Court and caused damage to a garage door and roof/siding damage to a home. The tornado moved east causing tree damage before ending in Hinckley Reservation of the Cleveland Metropark System.
A brief EF-1 tornado touched down near Wickliffe in Lake County at 4:49 pm on Thursday. Peak winds were 97 mph, the tornado had a path length of 0.1751 miles. The tornado stayed on the ground for one minute. There were no fatalities or injuries. The tornado touched down on Briar Court and caused significant damage to one home as well as minor damage to roofs and siding to other homes nearby. The tornado moved east onto Fairway Drive and several trees were snapped. The tornado continued into Pine Ridge County Club and caused additional tree damage before dissipating.
A third EF-1 tornado touched down in Jackson Township in Stark County at 5:10 pm on Thursday. Peak winds were 110 mph with a path length of 2.9615 miles and a path width of 50 yards. The tornado stayed on the ground until 5:15 pm. There were no fatalities or injuries.
The tornado initially touched down near North Park in Jackson Township and damaged trees, recreational buildings and a large garage in the park. As the tornado continued east, it damaged a business along Wales Avenue NW. The tornado then moved into a neighborhood causing tree damage to Lake Cable. It crossed the lake and dissipated near I-77.
A fourth tornado touched down near Hudson in Summit County. This was a weak EF-0 tornado that touched down at 5:08 pm on Thursday. Peak winds were 80 mph with a path length of 0.781 miles and a path width of 25 yards. The tornado stayed on the ground until 5:11 pm. There were no fatalities or injuries. The tornado touched down in Hudson SW of the intersection of SR 91 and Middleton Road. It continued NE towards The Country Club of Hudson and caused damage to trees. It then dissipated SE of the golf course.
Late Friday afternoon, NWS confirmed two more tornadoes in Trumbull County.
An EF-1 tornado formed east of Mosquito Creek Lake and moved into the Mecca area on Thursday at about 6:15 p.m. The estimated peak wind was 104 mph, the path length was .6582 miles, and the path width was a maximum of 50 yards. The tornado hit several homes on Griffith and Edgewater drives, damaging several homes, with one suffering major damage to an attached garage. Several trees were snapped and uprooted in the path. The tornado dissipated at about 6:18 p.m. east of Philips Rice Road.
A very brief EF-0 tornado touched down on Porter Drive in Johnston Township at about 6:20 p.m. The tornado had peak winds of 80 mph, a path length of .07 miles, and a maximum path width of 20 yards. The tornado caused tree damage across the area before lifting at about 6:21 p.m.
The NWS announced late Friday afternoon that their teams had completed surveying damage from Thursday's storms, bringing the total confirmed tornadoes in Northeast Ohio to six.