MIAMI VALLEY, Ohio (WDTN) – Meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Wilmington confirm there was a tornado near Fort Recovery and southeast of Gratis on Friday.
The NWS confirmed an EF-2 tornado near Fort Recovery. They surveyed the damage with the Mercer County Emergency Management Agency and the Fort Recovery Fire Department. The tornado tracked SE from the Ohio/Indiana border for 5.7 miles.
The damage reports show the tornado intensified after it crossed Wabash Rd. where it impacted the Fort Recovery Lumber Yard. Several roofs were lifted off outbuilding along the path. Many homes were damaged in the Burrville Rd. and Hart Rd. area. The damage seen along Burrville Rd. and Wourms Rd. is where the NWS reported EF-2 strength winds with power poles broken, projectiles embedded into walls, and significant tree damage. The peak wind gust was estimated around 115 mph.
The tornado then weakened as it tracked toward Fox Rd. and Meiring Rd.
An EF-1 tornado was also confirmed starting four miles southeast of Gratis in Montgomery County. The National Weather Service said it was brief and weak in their storm survey. The tornado was on the ground for 2.8 miles. The peak wind speed was estimated at 90-95 mph.
In the storm survey, NWS meteorologists worked with emergency management agencies in both Montgomery and Butler County. The tornado initially touched down at Puddenbag Rd. south of Barlow Rd. Many trees were uprooted and damage was seen to a roof and barn along Oxford Rd. The tree damage continued toward Elk Creek Rd. and No Mans Rd. before the tornado lifted 6 miles southwest of Germantown in Butler County.
A tornado was seen by spotters in Indiana on Friday evening before the storm crossed into Mercer County.