Tornado count in Ohio reached 21 from May 27-28 storms

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Residents in west-central and south-central Ohio are still cleaning up from stunning tornado outbreak a week after a tornado outbreak that began late on Memorial Day and continued for a few hours after midnight on May 28.

National Weather Service teams in the region counted 21 tornadoes by the end of the week, based on damage surveys, photographs and videos captured by law enforcement, and spotters who observed funnels illuminated by vivid lightning.

The only more active day since 1950 in Ohio was July 12, 1992, when 28 tornadoes were confirmed, though none approached the intensity of the storms last Monday night. at the end of the holiday weekend.

Three storms reached EF3 strength (136 to 165 mph), including a deadly storm that struck Celina with 150 mph winds, claiming the life of an 82-year-old man in his home, when an unoccupied car was tossed into the structure. More than 100 people were injured in Ohio, and more than 500 homes were damaged or destroyed

The powerful Brookville-Trotwood-Dayton-Riverside tornado was upgraded to an EF4 (170 mph) winds, which carved a 19-mile path of destruction, but fortunately there were no fatalities. This is the strongest storm in history to lash the Dayton area and Montgomery County.

EF3 tornadoes were confirmed in eastern Montgomery and western-central Greene counties, near Celina, and in West Milton. EF2 tornadoes (111 to 135 mph) were recorded in northeast Montgomery County, northeast of Jamestown in Greene County, and near Laureville.

The nighttime aspect of this historic tornado outbreak — mostly between 10 p.m. on May 27 and 2 a.m. on May 28 — made the situation all the more frightening, since tornado spotting at night is nearly impossible.

Prompt warnings from the National Weather Service and local media, based on Doppler radar technology, which detects possible tornado signatures (rotation) and debris, undoubtedly saved lives and prevented more injuries. 

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