TIPP CITY, Ohio (WDTN) – A distribution center in Tipp City was damaged after severe weather hit Wednesday.
The Meijer Distribution Center located at 4200 South County Road 25A was damaged by storms during the evening. Police said in a release that there were called to the area around 6:08 p.m. for a report of large debris and several blown transformers. When crews arrived, they saw heavy damage and collapse at the center.
The Tipp City police chief told our partners at Miami Valley Today that several storms, including what it believed to be a tornado, moved through the area of 25A to I-75 to North Third Street, causing extensive damage in its path.
Miami County EMA are working to clean up the damage at the Meijer Distribution Center in Tipp City. The total estimated loss to the building is not known at this time. Tipp City police said no one was injured at the building.
Frank J. Guglielmi, senior director of corporate communications at Meijer, said the damage from the storm affected only one of the buildings at the complex. The exact number of workers who were in that building is not known, but Guglielmi said they were all accounted for Wednesday night.
“Our team did a great job executing our severe storm/tornado safety protocol. When notified of the incoming storm, the team activated a shelter in place and ran their severe weather plans. Their quick actions undoubtedly helped ensure the safety of our team members, contractors and visitors at the complex, and for that we are grateful.”
Most of the complex is operational as of Thursday and Guglielmi said no disruption is anticipated for any stores.
The Tipp City Police Department said Wednesday that, in order to keep road clear for emergency vehicles, anyone who does not need to be out should stay off the roads. Police also said to avoid the north side of town.
Watch drone footage of the damage below (credit: Mark Thompson):
Watch the raw video of the damage at the Meijer Distribution Facility in Tipp City.
WDTN will update this breaking news story as we learn more information.