CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Pickaway County during Monday afternoon’s storm surge in Ohio.
NWS states that the tornado touched down near Orient at 4:03 p.m. and concluded two minutes later. In an afternoon update, it was ruled an EF0 tornado with a maximum wind speed of 85 mph and a path width of 100 yards and length of 1.4 miles. The tornado started in South Harrisburg and ended in Orient.
The damage from the storms was severe, with winds causing a mobile home to flip onto its side while another was turned onto its roof, damaging a neighboring residence at the Foxlair Farms park. Also, a roof was torn off a garage and several tin roofs were seen scattered about the area where the storms hit hardest.
Additionally, the NWS confirmed two other tornadoes touched down with one northwest of Middletown in Butler County in the southwest portion of Ohio and another in Clark County north of New Carlisle.
Monday afternoon, tornado sirens rang throughout central Ohio between 3:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. as severe thunderstorms crossed the state. Franklin County was put under a tornado warning from 4 to 4:30 p.m.
A majority of central Ohio counties were put under a tornado warning or watch Monday to conclude an unseasonable February weather-wise.