CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – The National Weather Service confirmed Friday the damage in Clark County was caused by an EF0 tornado.
“EF0 winds are between 65 miles an hour and 85 miles an hour and this particular tornado, we’re estimating winds at the maximum strength of the tornado to be between 80 and 85 miles an hour,” says Brandon Peloquin, NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist in Wilmington.
The team confirmed damage in the area of East Jackson Road, Old Springfield Road and Selma Pike in the pitchin area was caused by a tornado.
A tornado warning was issued during rainstorms Thursday afternoon in the Pitchin area.
[655 PM] We will be conducting a storm survey tomorrow in the area near Pitchin, in Clark County OH, to determine if damage there was caused by a tornado.— NWS Wilmington OH (@NWSILN) February 7, 2019
NWS also said there was not much damage to report but what there was centered around Jackson Road, Selma Pike and Old Springfield Road.
“It looks like it wasn’t on the ground for very long, probably only a couple of minutes I would say, between one and two minutes,” Peloquin says.
The damage identified as of Friday morning was mainly barn, shingle, power line and tree damage.
Peloquin used Thursday’s tornado to remind residents how quickly weather can turn dangerous, and that February can be a volatile month, weather-wise.
“February is one of those months in the Ohio Valley where anything and everything can happen,” said Peloquin. “We’ve had big snowstorms and ice storms in February, but we’ve also had severe weather events that have led to tornadoes as well.”
He recommends being prepared with an emergency kit, especially as spring approaches.