HILLSBORO, Ohio (WCMH) — Two tornadoes touched down in Highland County late Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed.
As much of central Ohio battled heavy rains and strong winds for the bulk of the day, an EF1 touched down at approximately 5:26 p.m. near Mowrystown — southwest of Hillsboro in Highland County.
The NWS determined that winds hit a high of 100 miles per hour, with the path of the tornado — from where it first touched down to where it ended — measuring in at 14.4 miles. The tornado was on the ground for 14 minutes. Confirmation initially came from video evidence and radar data, the agency said.
A second Highland County tornado hit south-southwest of New Vienna at approximately 5:35 p.m. The EF0 tornado had maximum winds estimated at 80 miles per hour, and the path was just under one mile.
A third tornado was confirmed west of Bethel in Clermont County — rated EF0 and with winds of 85 miles per hour — causing minor property damage and knocking down trees along a 1.3-mile path.
No injuries or deaths were reported in any of the tornadoes or pockets of straight-line wind damage near Mount Orab and Saint Martin in Brown County.
A few trees were uprooted farther east, along the path of a strong thunderstorm in southeast Pickaway County. Localized minor wind damage occurred in other places around Columbus, where winds gusted to 59 miles per hour at John Glenn Columbus International Airport.
The severe weather came days after four tornadoes touched down Ohio last Monday — in Butler, Clark, Pickaway and Licking counties. Tornado sirens rang across central Ohio in the late afternoon through the early evening, as severe thunderstorms crossed the state.