CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF0 tornado was detected in Clark County Sunday afternoon.
Officials say it happened between 3:12 and 3:15 pm in the area of German Township and Springfield.
Winds are believed to have reached a maximum speed of 70 miles per hour with a maximum path width of 80 yards.
The first known damage from the tornado occurred at several properties on Fox Hollow Road in German Township. A few large trees were downed or snapped, and several sections of fencing were blown down.
Additionally, damage was found at a mobile home park on Upper Valley Pike. Roof and awning damage was also found at several homes in the area, including one unoccupied home had its roof removed entirely and it was found roughly 150 feet away.
As the National Weather Service went site to site, doing the math, residents like Christal Clefford looked on, thankful she didn’t get swept up in the worst of it.
“I got to the edge of my blue car and the rain just kept coming this way, this way and that way,” said Clefford.
She ended up bracing against her house as clouds began to funnel. A family member grabbed her just before a table was picked up by the wind and launched at her car.
Clefford thinks someone from above had her back.
“My uncle is who I think it was. He was a veteran. I took care of him. I think it was him who watched over my family here,” said Clefford.
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Further east, two semi trailers were blown over near an industrial facility on Baker Road and a large tree was uprooted in the area as well.
In Springfield, one tree snapped along US-68. Some soccer nets were blown over at the Eagle City Soccer Complex and an outbuilding at the complex sustained minor damage.