COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The bomb cyclone that traversed the country on Thursday spawned more than 15 tornadoes from Michigan to Alabama, including two tornadoes in Northeast Ohio.
The Cleveland National Weather Service has confirmed that two EF0 tornadoes touched down a little west and north of Canton, one tracking four miles, leaving a trail of minor damage.
No injuries were reported.
Four tornadoes were confirmed in south-central Michigan and at least three were reported in western Kentucky, including one that narrowly missed the National Weather Service office in West Paducah. Three tornadoes have been confirmed in in southern Indiana.
A tornado rated EF2 touched down a little northwest of Perry, Michigan, and traveled 18.2 miles.The damage path was 250 yards wide in Shiawassee County. A second storm tracked only three miles away. The more powerful storm ended five miles to the northeast of Durand. Twenty homes were destroyed and dozens sustained damage.
In Ohio, a series of intense thunderstorms with powerful winds tracked northeast Thursday evening, leaving pockets of damage that included downed trees, snapped power poles and scattered property damage to shingles and siding.
The National Weather Service in Wilmington issued several tornado warnings, though no touchdowns were confirmed.
There were several reports of funnel clouds in Highland, Clinton and Pickaway counties southwest of the Columbus area. A strong storm seven miles northeast of New Vienna demolished a shed and snapped several power poles, shortly before 7 p.m.
Hail more than an inch in diameter was reported in a number of storms. A spotter in Canal Winchester reported 1.25-inch hail.
Areas that had repeated cells in southwestern had minor flooding. More widespread high water covered areas south of Cincinnati, and wind damage was reported with a strong storm that crossed the Ohio River southeast of the city.
AEP Ohio reported more than 1,700 people without power at one point Thursday night in central Ohio. A gust of 65 mph was reported at Newark-Heath Airport, and 64 mph at Wilmington.
In Fayette County, a tractor-trailer overturned on U.S. 35. Power lines were down along Hayden Run Road in Dublin, near Groveport, and along State Route 56 in Madison County.
In Mount Sterling, strong winds damaged Ben and Joy’s restaurant, nearly sending pieces of the building’s façade down on a delivery driver.
AEP Ohio released the following statement on Friday about power outages in the Athens and Canton areas.
“Crews continue to work this morning to restore power. They have come across some additional damage and have updated restoration times for customers in these areas. We now expect to have power restored to most customers in the Athens area by 3:30 p.m. and in the Canton area by 6 p.m. Crews will keep working through the day to restore your power as quickly and safely as possible,” according to AEP Ohio.