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UPDATED: National Weather Service: Tornadoes touched down in 8 different counties May 7

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has confirmed that tornadoes touched down in Auglaize, Butler, Clinton, Darke, Licking, Mercer and Warren counties in Ohio, as well as Franklin County, Ind., during a severe weather event Tuesday, May 7.

As of Friday at 10:50 a.m., the following information has been posted by the NWS, listed in order of its release.

An EF1 tornado has been confirmed in the area of the Hickory Woods Campground, starting in Brookville in Franklin County, Ind. at 8:56 p.m. and ending in Oxford in Butler County, Ohio at 9:09 p.m. The tornado had a maximum wind speed of 110 mph, a width of 300 yards and length of 8.3 miles.

The tornado likely started just to the east of Brookville Lake and in a field just west of the Hickory Woods Campground. Tornadic damage was first observed at the Hickory Woods Campground. Numerous trees were blown over, snapped or uprooted. Numerous camping units and manufactured homes were also overturned or damaged. On the other side of state Road 101, two outbuildings were destroyed and additional tree damage occurred.

The tornado briefly moved to the northeast, producing damage along Whitcomb Road. One outbuilding was destroyed, and a few trees were snapped or blown over. The tornado then appears to have moved southeast, with the next area of visible damage along Liberty Pike, Oxford Pike and Urban Road. One two-story single-family home on Oxford Pike had its roof completely lifted off, and there was also visible exterior wall collapse on the second story of one side of the home. Winds here were estimated to be up to 110 mph, representing high end EF-1 damage.

Once the tornado moved to Springfield Road, it appeared to have weakened. Minor tree damage was observed on Springfield Road and damage to a barn was seen on Raymond Road. The last damage occurred on State Line Road, barely into Butler County, Ohio, where roof damage to an outbuilding was observed.

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An EF2 tornado was confirmed west of New Knoxville in Mercer and Auglaize counties.

The tornado started May 7 at 8:20 p.m. in Montezuma in Mercer County and ended at 8:33 p.m. in New Bremen in Auglaize County, reaching maximum wind speeds of 130 mph. It had an estimated length of 6.4 miles, with a maximum path width of 300 yards.

Evidence of this tornado was first observed in a field east of Harrison Road, where scour marks were noted, even though there was nothing at this location to damage. As the tornado continued east, it roughly paralleled Guadalupe Road and then Southland Road, causing significant damage to trees and outbuildings. 

The most significant damage occurred to two houses near Southland Road and Tri Township Road, with both homes experiencing roof loss and partial wall collapse, particularly of the second story. The tornado is believed to have dissipated just west of state Route 66.

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An EF2 tornado was confirmed near Coldwater, also in Mercer County.

The tornado began in Fort Recovery at 7:50 p.m. and ended in Coldwater at 8:08 p.m., with an estimated wind speed of 120 mph. It had a length of 8.3 miles and a maximum path width of 400 yards.

The first known damage from this tornado was found on Siegrist Jutte Road, where a few trees were downed. The most significant damage occurred in two groves of trees south of state Route 219, between Wabash Road and Saint Peter Road. Sections of these trees included greater than 70-percent tree loss, with trunks snapped. 

A few homes along Saint Peter Road also had a significant amount of roof damage. As the tornado continued to the east, several large outbuildings at farm properties were completely demolished or heavily damaged, while damage to well-built homes was generally limited to minor roof damage. 

The final known damage from this tornado occurred to some outbuildings along Burkettsville Saint Hen Road, just northwest of Coldwater.

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An EF1 tornado was confirmed near Greenville in Darke County.

The tornado began in Palestine at 8:24 p.m. and ended in Gettysburg at 8:42 p.m., reaching maximum wind speeds of 110 mph. It had a length of 11.9 miles and width of 800 yards.

The tornado likely begin near the intersection of Greenville-Nashville Road and New Madison-Coletown Road, where several trees were uprooted. The tornado continued northeastward, crossing state Route 502. Minor damage to homes and trees was observed next on Daly Road west of Greenville. 

The width of the tornado increased significantly as the tornado entered Greenville. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted within the Greenville Union Cemetery.

As the tornado continued through the north side of Greenville, the width of the circulation remained large, with expansive tree damage throughout the city. The majority of the wind damage to homes was fairly minor with shingles and siding removed at many residences. Structure damage at the high school football field was also observed. 

There was no major roof loss associated with the tornadic circulation in the city of Greenville, so despite the large width and widespread tree damage, the rating was held at EF1, 110 mph.

The tornado exited the city near the elementary school, continuing along Kruckeburg Road, causing more damage to outbuildings and homes. Additional tree and structure damage was observed along Childrens Home Bradford Road as the tornado continue northeast. The final damage found was along Auld Road, northwest of Bradford.

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Five tornadoes have been confirmed in Warren County.

Multiple locations experienced tornadic damage in the county. This includes the following locations:

— Shawhan Road northeast of South Lebanon. This was an EF1 tornado lasting from 10:10-10:12 p.m. in South Lebanon, with a maximum wind speed of 90 mph, a width of 150 yards and a length of .9 mile.

The tornado first formed in a field to the west of Shawhan Road, where striations were evident in the tall grass of the field. The tornado moved east-northeast across Shawhan Road, causing extensive tree damage on the east side of the road. 

A few residences along Shawhan Road sustained minor roof damage, but one detached garage had total roof removal and partial wall collapse. Winds here were estimated to be 90 mph, or low-end EF-1. 

The tornado continued east-northeast, causing additional tree and structural damage to homes along Browning Lane. As the tornado moved back across Shawhan Road, additional tree and minor structural damage to residences was noted between Shawhan and Stubbs Mill Road. The tornado appeared to end near Stubbs Mill Road.

— State Route 123 southeast of Lebanon. The SR 123 tornado has been classified as an EF0. It started at 10:14 p.m. and ended at 10:15 p.m., reaching 65 mph winds. It had a width of 50 yards and length of 0.44 mile.

The tornado touched down near a residence along state Route 123, about a half mile east of state Route 48. Damage mainly consisted of a few downed trees and power poles. A water tank from farm equipment was tossed into a field behind the residence. 

Sporadic tree damage continued to the east-northeast across Wilmington Road before the tornado ended. Based on the damage, maximum winds were estimated to be 65 mph, or low-end EF-0.

— Mason Morrow Millgrove Road northeast of Morrow. This was an EF1 tornado starting at 10:15 p.m. and ending at 10:17 p.m., with maximum speeds of 95 mph, a width of 250 yards and a length of 0.44 mile. 

The tornado touched down in the Little Miami River Valley, just northeast of Morrow. Extensive tree damage occurred along the northern hillside rising up out of the valley. More sporadic tree damage was noted along the hillside rising up from the southern side of the river. 

Several homes along Mason Morrow Millgrove Road received structural damage. One home had a total removal of its second story, while an adjacent home had partial removal of its roof. Winds at this location were estimated to be 95 mph, or EF-1. The tornado continued east from here, causing additional tree damage along the river before ending.

— Mason Morrow Millgrove Road south of Senior. This was an EF0 tornado beginning at 10:18 p.m. and ending at 10:20 p.m., reaching wind speeds of 80 mph. It had a path width of 150 yards and length of 0.29 mile.

The tornado developed on the west side of the Little Miami River, near the intersection of Mason Morrow Millgrove Road and Woodward- Claypool Road, where some minor tree damage occurred. The tornado quickly strengthened as it moved east across the river, downing a swath of trees onto the Little Miami Bike Path. 

As the tornado moved east, it caused significant tree damage along Woodward-Claypool Road. Winds here were estimated to be 80 mph, or EF-0. The tornado then appeared to weaken as it moved up an adjacent hillside, causing more minor tree damage and some minor structural damage to a residence before ending.

— US Highway 22 west of Clarksville. This was an EF0 tornado that started at 10:27 p.m. and ended at 10:28 p.m., with speeds up to 80 mph, a width of 150 yards and a length of .51 mile.

The tornado touched down in a wooded lot behind a residence along U.S. Route 22-3, where numerous trees were snapped and uprooted. The residence suffered some minor roof removal and a large adjacent pole barn was completely destroyed. Winds here were estimated to be 80 mph, EF-0. 

The tornado continued east along U.S. Route 22-3 for about another half mile, causing additional sporadic tree damage before ending. Debris from the destroyed pole barn was lofted and deposited downstream as far to the east-northeast as state Route 350.

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An EF0 tornado has been confirmed in Clinton County, north of Blanchester. The tornado began at 10:27 p.m. and ended at 10:29 p.m., reaching maximum wind speeds of 85 mph. It had a width of 80 yards and length of 1.4 miles.

This brief tornado caused mostly tree and outbuilding damage along North state Route 133 north of Blanchester. The final damage location was noted along Rhude Road, east of SR-133.

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An EF1 tornado has been confirmed in Butler County, south of Oxford and near McGonigle. The tornado began in Oxford at 8:20 p.m. and ended in Millville at 8:25 p.m. It reached maximum wind speeds of 110 mph, with a width of 200 yards and a length of 2.4 miles.

The tornado likely started in Reily Township, with the first evidence of tornadic damage along Bunker Hill Woods Road. One outbuilding was destroyed, and significant damage to the roof and garage of a single family home were observed. Winds in this area may have reached up to 110 mph, supporting a high-end EF-1 rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

Another outbuilding was destroyed along Pierson Road, along with trees being snapped. Additional tree damage, along with roof damage to a home, was noted along Stillwell Beckett Road. 

The tornado continued to move east, downing some trees at the Indian Ridge Golf Club. Tree damage was also noted along Eagle View Court and Lanes Mill Road just east of the golf course. This represents the last observed damage just north of McGonigle.

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A brief EF0 tornado has been confirmed in Middletown in Butler County, beginning at 9:57 p.m. and ending a minute later. This tornado reached wind speeds of 80 mph, with a width of 80 yards and length of .3 mile.

This brief tornado moved from south to north along the west side of Cincinnati Dayton Road in southeast Middletown. Several structures in the area sustained damage to the roofing material and metal siding. Minor tree damage was also seen in this isolated area. Lastly, a few semi trailers were overturned or lofted briefly.

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An EF0 tornado touched down in Licking County, Ohio, beginning in St. Louisville at 11:49 p.m. and ending in Hanover at 11:53 p.m. The tornado reached speeds of 75 mph, with a width of 100 yards and length of 3.1 miles.

With considerable assistance and collaboration with the Licking County Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service conducted a storm survey in areas of northeast Licking County east of St. Louisville, and confirmed a brief/weak tornado in this area Friday, May 10.

The tornado appears to have developed in vicinity of Purity Road where some outbuildings suffered considerable damage, with metal roofing and siding material getting tossed and wrapped in adjacent tree stands. Groves of soft white pine were snapped in a few locations.

The tornado continued east across Stradley Road, and then to Rocky Fork and Rainrock Road where more groves of pine trees were snapped and thrown on both roads. Large limbs were thrown onto a house on Rocky Fork Road, and metal barn roofing was lifted, garage doors were blown in, and spatter was noted on buildings and vehicles on Rainrock Road. A clear path of tree/vegetation loss is seen in this area. The tornado appears to have dissipated on the east side of Rainrock Road.

Damage along the entire path is consistent with wind speeds from 70-75 mph.

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