NWS: Tornado responsible for damage in Beavercreek Township

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XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) — The National Weather Service confirms damage in Beavercreek Township and Xenia Township was caused by a tornado.

Two NWS investigative teams traveled to the Miami Valley Wednesday morning to tour damage left behind by Tuesday’s strong storms.

The NWS survey team in Greene County concluded that a tornado was responsible for damage along Ludlow Road in eastern Beavercreek Township and western Xenia Township.

 

 

NWS survey teams are working with emergency managers from affected areas to develop a plan for damage surveys. According to the National Weather Service, crews will work in both Greene and Clark Counties to survey the damage. The Clark County crew was beginning its survey of storm damage in South Charleston.

A NWS survey team also made a preliminary determination that an EF1 tornado with estimated wind speeds of 100-110 miles per hour was responsible for damage in Grove City.

Several areas in the Miami Valley reported damage Tuesday night.

One of the hardest hit areas was in Greene County where Beavercreek Township Firefighters believe a tornado touched down.

One family had to leave the area because they have downed power lines. They told 2 NEWS everyone is ok and they are thankful that no one was here when things got severe.

“We saw the radar. We were like its past us. It’s perfect. You don’t think about it until it literally hit right here,” said Amber Barr.

Barr and Michelle Cummings were taking cover as their family farm was torn up by what authorities believe to be a tornado.

Scott Dorsten of the Beavercreek Township Fire Department said, “We found two residents in Beavercreek Township with significant damage that would be consistent with that. The National Weather Service will be out tomorrow to make a final determination on it.”

The family said they rushed to the farm as soon as the tornado warning came to an end.

No one was home during the event but they weren’t sure what barn had been hit.

Cummings said, “It was a lot of give and take. Was it the one that my parents had their wedding reception in? Was it the 4h barn? Was it the barn where the cows and hay are?”

When they got to the scene they saw debris sprawled out into the cornfield and downed power lines. But there wasn’t much time to survey the damage.

Amber Barr said, “We had to tie up all the cows to make sure they weren’t running loose. They had to tie all them up. We made sure the 4H cows were okay. Thankfully our dog was still in his cage. He’s a little shook.”

As far as what’s next, the family has to wait until power lines are cleared and the weather clears up.

Cedarville also experienced damage, with two barns damaged in the area of S.R. 72 and Fishworm Road.

In Harrison Township, a tree fell on a home on Fieldstone Drive.

No injuries were reported at any of the areas where storm damage occured.

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