At least one dead and 35 injured in Ohio after ‘rapid-fire’ tornadoes ripped roofs from homes and left five million people without power

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
By Paul Martin

Tornadoes first touched down in the city of Trotwood, just outside Dayton, at about 11pm on Monday night
National Weather Service described tornado as ‘extremely dangerous’ and told residents to remain in shelters
Photos showed widespread damage with severely damaged homes and buildings and downed power lines
There were reports of houses being cut in half and others were completely flattened during the storms
Authorities confirmed at least one death in Celina, Ohio, which is about 75 miles northwest of Dayton
At least 35 people in and around Dayton went to hospitals with injuries, most of them minor, officials said
As of Tuesday morning, five million people are without power in Ohio alone, according to local authorities

28 May 2019

At least one person has died and 35 more were injured in Ohio after ‘rapid-fire’ tornadoes ripped through the state, leaving more than five million people without power

Weather experts said 51 tornadoes were reported across eight states overnight and residents of Idaho, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, are still not in the clear as severe weather is forecast to continue through Tuesday and into Wednesday.

A tally of storm reports posted online by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center shows that 14 suspected tornadoes touched down in Indiana, 10 in Colorado and nine in Ohio.

Six suspected tornadoes were reported in Iowa, five in Nebraska, four in Illinois, three in Minnesota, while one was reported in Idaho.

In Indiana and Ohio specifically, a rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across the states and were packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another.

The storms strew debris so thick that at one point, highway crews had to use snowplows to clear Interstate 75.

At least half a dozen communities from eastern Indiana through central Ohio suffered damage, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

As of Tuesday morning, authorities confirmed one death in Celina, about 75 miles northwest of Dayton.

The one known fatality so far is an 81-year-old-man, Celina Mayor Jeffrey Hazel said. The man died when a car crashed into his house, Hazel said. The mayor said the man was among at least seven injured in Celina.

He says up to 40 homes were damaged Monday night, with some houses moved off their foundations by the storms.

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