HOCKING COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) – A survey team for the National Weather Service confirmed Friday evening that the tornado that touched down in Hocking County has been rated as an EF2.
Only the sixth tornado ever recorded in Hocking County since 1950, the storm was on the ground for about nine minutes, from 7:16 to 7:25 p.m., according to NWS. Maximum winds were an estimated 120 miles per hour, as the storm carved a path 700 yards wide in southwestern Hocking County, or the size of seven football fields in length.
The NWS confirmed that no one was hurt or killed as a result of the storm The Hocking County tornado first caused damage to the main entrance of Tar Hollow State Park, and carried west up the hillside to East Fork Road, moving to Narrows Road before entering Vinton County. The NWS in Charleston, W.V., will focus on that portion of the damage path in a subsequent report.
Photos showed multiple downed trees in the area, and the NWS said the tornado decimated a canopy of trees in the hills east of Narrows Road.
The weather service has previously identified five tornadoes in the western half of the state Wednesday evening:
- EF1 in Darke County
- EF2 near west Milton and Tipp City in Miami County
- EF1 north of Springfield in Clark County
- EF0 north of Urbana in Champaign County
- EF0 near Sardinia in Brown County
The tornado near Tipp City, in Miami County, was on the ground for about 14 miles. It touched down initially in open farmland, loosely in contact the ground and causing minor tree damage. It gained in strength as it approached Tipp City and ripped the roof off a Meijer distribution center. Several other nearby industrial facilities were damaged by the storm.