Tornadoes in Ohio

Storm damage in Brookville, Ohio. Footage on social media and from local news outlets showed homes torn apart, downed trees and power lines, and roads littered with debris.

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Storm damage in Brookville, Ohio. Footage on social media and from local news outlets showed homes torn apart, downed trees and power lines, and roads littered with debris.

Attiyah Abdul-Alim, Staff 2018-2019

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From late Memorial Day into early Tuesday, there were at least 17 confirmed tornadoes that touched down during a series of storms all through Ohio and Indiana. The tornadoes caused widespread damage and killed 1 person.

Social media footage and footage from local news outlets shows homes torn apart, downed trees and power lines, and roads littered with debris, and thousands of people were still without power.

A series of storms also struck the Dayton area around 11:30 p.m., on Monday leaving significant damage and creating issues with the city’s water system, city officials reported at a news conference on Tuesday morning. Thankfully, even after the authorities responded to dozens of calls, including pulling people out of buildings, only three minor injuries were reported.

Mayor Nan Whaley encouraged residents to check on their neighbors, as many people remained without basic services.

“Our community has been tested before and we have always risen above it,” Ms. Whaley said at the news conference. “I have no doubt we will do so again today and in the coming week.”

City officials announced a boil advisory for water, and there were around 60,000 power failures across Ohio on Tuesday morning, with the most in Montgomery County, home to Dayton

A large tornado was confirmed near Trotwood, about eight miles northwest of Dayton. The National Weather Service called the situation “extremely dangerous” and “life threatening”.

The damage also extended to Indiana. According to the New York Times, The National Weather Service in Indianapolis said early Tuesday that it would send a team to survey tornado damage in Pendleton, a city near Dayton and Indianapolis.

“Although we’ve had multiple tornado watches and warnings in the area, I’ve still never experienced an actual tornado before. It seems really terrifying,” said Asia Patterson, a junior, in response to learning of the Midwest tornadoes.

“I can’t imagine having to deal with all that damage and destruction, there is so much work that will need to be done to clean up those towns and cities,” said Paige MacDonald, a senior.