More than FIVE MILLION are left without power across Ohio after ‘rapid-fire’ tornadoes ripped roofs from homes, with 51 twisters touching down across eight states overnight

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
As of Tuesday morning, five million people are without power in Ohio alone, according to local authorities

28 May 2019

More than five million people have been left without power in Ohio alone after 51 tornadoes were reported across eight states overnight.

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), though authorities working through the night had reported no fatalities as of early Tuesday.

There were at least 35 people in and around Dayton who went to hospitals with injuries, most of them minor, according to Elizabeth Long, a spokeswoman for the Kettering Health Network.

‘We’ve had injuries ranging form lacerations to bumps and bruises from folks being thrown around in their houses due to the storms,’ she said.

Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck also confirmed that ‘there’s been no real serious injuries’ despite the significant damage in the area.

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