NWS: Radar images did not show enough circulation to prompt tornado warning

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PERRY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Residents are cleaning up after a confirmed tornado touched down in West Alexandria Sunday night – then moved into Montgomery County.

The National Weather Service is also surveying damage in Eaton caused by a possible second tornado.

“One of the gentlemen I talked to today, he heard the storm. No sooner got to the basement and it was over. So I think this was a rare instance to where it just popped up very, very quickly,” says Eaton Fire Chief Brian Smith.

This marks at least six tornadoes confirmed by the National Weather Service touching down in the Miami Valley just this year.

“It’s most certainly a busy season. It’s definitely hard to get some other things done, but most definitely, we are in an active pattern at least for the individual storms that we’ve been seeing,” says NWS Meteorologist John Franks.

Many residents are asking why this individual storm did not warrant a tornado warning or watch.

“The radar only sees so far. I think as close as we are to the Dayton terminal Doppler radar that we wouldn’t see anything below 1500 feet and then from the radar in our office it would be even further away,” said Franks.

He says they did issue a severe thunderstorm warning and did mention a possible tornado could form saying that was all they could do given the data they had.

“The radar images we were seeing did not show as much of a circulation as we would have needed at that moment in time unless we had ground truth or information beforehand that these were tornadic.”

If there is a severe thunderstorm warning, the NWS encourages you to find a safe place for you and your family before it escalates into a tornado.

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