DARKE COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — The National Weather Service in Wilmington has confirmed a tornado struck Darke County Thursday night.
The tornado, categorized as an EF-0 with estimated winds up to 70 mph, struck in the area of Greenville Nashville Road just north of Palestine.
The NWS office in Wilmington OH has confirmed that an EF0 tornado with estimated wind speeds of 70 mph touched down yesterday April 25th in west central Darke County OH. Additional details will be available later today.— NWS Wilmington OH (@NWSILN) April 26, 2019
No injuries were reported, but residents will be busy cleaning up this weekend:
The NWS said a final assessment with more information from the survey is expected Thursday afternoon.
We had several storms move through the region yesterday evening. If you had any damage from these storms we would appreciate if you could let us know what damage occurred and where the damage is located. Thank you!— NWS Wilmington OH (@NWSILN) April 26, 2019
In Mercer County, the Sheriff’s Office advises people in Franklin Township and the Village of Montezuma that sandbags are available at the Montezuma Fire Department if needed to prevent flooding.
Cleanup efforts are underway after powerful storms moved through the northern Miami Valley late Thursday.
A possible tornado touched down in Darke County. The National Weather Service has not confirmed if a tornado touched down yet.
The powerful storm ripped a covered porch off of a house on Greenville Nashville Road. The storm also tore six pillars from the home and damaged the roof.
Lawn furniture and debris was scattered across the property.
The powerful storm also left behind high water on several roads. Six schools in the northern Miami Valley were on 2-hour delays Friday due to high water.
Crews had to cut down damaged trees and repair power lines in the area of Hillgrove Southern and 502.
The storms knocked out power to more than 1,000 people. DP&L has since restored all power in the area.
There have been no reports of injuries with the storm.
The tornado warning for north central Darke and southeastern Mercer counties has expired.
The storm that prompted the warning has weakened below severe limits and no longer appears capable of producing a tornado.
Reports of high water are coming in from Northern Darke, Auglaize, and Mercer Counties due to such heavy rain falling in a short amount of time.
[11:21 PM] We’re getting reports of high water in Northern Darke, Auglaize, and Mercer Counties, Ohio. Heavy rain has fallen in a short amount of time, leading to minor flooding.— NWS Wilmington OH (@NWSILN) April 26, 2019
10: 42 pm — A tornado warning is in effect for north central Darke County and southeastern Mercer County until 11:15 pm.
At 10:42 pm, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Ansonia, moving northeast at 30 miles per hour.
Locations impacted include Osgood, Chickasaw, North Star, Rossburg, Montezuma, Eldora Speedway, Carthagena, and Maria Stein.
2 NEWS Reporter Judith Retana is in Live Drive 2 ready to cover any damage in the area.
One resident in the Sharpeye area called 911 to report that a porch blew off their home. Reports are also coming in of power poles down and debris scattered on SR-502.
Residents in the affected areas are advised to take cover immediately.