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Tornado touched down in Medina County Tuesday night causing EF-1 damage, NWS says

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Posted at 7:49 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 06:37:45-04

MEDINA, Ohio — The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Medina County Tuesday night and caused EF-1-level damage.

A Twitter user captured dramatic footage of the tornado from Brunswick. The videos, shot by Jared Svoboda and posted just after midnight, show a funnel-shaped cloud seen from a Brunswick neighborhood, illuminated by streaks of lightning.

RAW: Possible tornado in Brunswick

The NWS said their teams are still surveying damage, but confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the damage patterns in the county indicate that a tornado did touch down at around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, causing mainly EF-0 damage. One pocket of EF-1 damage was confirmed, meaning wind speeds reached as high as 86 to 110 mph.

News 5 meteorologist Bryan Shaw used radar imagery to show the likely start of the tornado, or tornadoes.

In Medina, several power lines and trees were knocked down damaging multiple homes.

The storm followed a northeast to southwest concentrated path with a width covering an area from approximately Highland Drive to a block or two south of Lafayette Road.

As of 7 p.m. on Wednesday, there were 2,279 power outages in the city and 4,243 in the county. Ohio Edison was planning to work throughout the night to restore electricity, according to Mayor Dennis Hanwell.

The city is asking residents to move all branches and limbs to the tree lawn or yard near the sidewalk for pickup.

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Radar shows the likely starting place of the tornado in Medina County Tuesday night.

Before the confirmation from NWS, News 5 meteorologist Trent Magill said Wednesday morning that the videos may show a tornado, but it is not clear from the footage if there are rotating winds that would indicate a tornado.

A Tornado Warning was in effect Tuesday night for Stark, Summit, Wayne and Medina counties. Brunswick is in Medina County.

Severe storms overnight Tuesday caused significant damage across Northeast Ohio, including downed trees and power lines, golf-ball-sized hail and thousands of power outages across the area.

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