TROY, Ohio (WCMH) — An EF1 tornado touched down in western Ohio during a line of powerful storms moving through the state Saturday morning that caused pockets of wind damage.
A “bow echo” or arcing line of storms that crossed Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia typically causes mostly “straight-line” wind damage, but occasionally a “spin-up tornado” occurs on the leading edge where airflows collide and briefly develop rotation.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the tornado touched down in Troy, Miami County, at approximately 10:45 a.m. and lasted for three minutes, tearing a swath of damage approximately 1.8 miles long.
The NWS reports there were no deaths or injuries related to the storm.
An EF1 tornado is described as a “weak” tornado by the NWS, with sustained winds of 86 to 110 miles per hour. Saturday’s tornado is estimated to have reached wind speeds of 90 MPH.
The NWS reported multiple locations of downed trees — some snapped at their trunks — and minor roof damage to several homes along the tornado’s path.
The tornado’s most concentrated area of damage was near Drury Lane and Ridge Avenue, where “numerous very large, healthy trees were downed, with one trunk snapped at its base, and several other very large branches snapped not far off the ground,” the NWS wrote in its report.
Several other areas of tree damage were reported in Miami County Saturday, with the NWS saying those were caused by straight-line winds with speeds between 60 and 70 MPH.
Saturday’s tornado marks the 25 so far this year, with the annual average being 19. Six tornadoes have been recorded this month in Ohio.
On July 17, an EF0 tornado was recorded in southeast Pickaway/southwest Fairfield counties. Three days later, an EF1 tornado touched down briefly along the border of Wayne/Holmes counties. Two tornadoes occurred in the sate on July 6 (Clermont, Brown counties) and another on July 8 (Clermont County).