MIAMI COUNTY — An EF1 tornado has been confirmed to have touched down southeast of Piqua on Wednesday night during a line of strong storms, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
Meteorologist Kristen Cassady confirmed late Thursday afternoon that the National Weather Service ground survey teams had been out in Miami, Greene and Clarke counties looking into the destruction. Based on their findings, Cassady said an EF1 tornado — which comes with 73-112 mph winds and tends to cause moderate damage — has been confirmed.
“Winds are believed to have reached a maximum of 90 miles per hour,” she said of the tornado outside of Piqua.
Cassady said the storm’s path began in Clark County and crossed into Miami County where it touched down on the outskirts of Piqua. An EF1 level tornado also was confirmed near Park Layne, Clark County, according to Cassady. The maximum winds with this tornado were estimated to be 100 miles per hour, Cassady said.
She said NWS staff continues to sort through the data they have collected and will have more information available Friday about the path of the storm and how much damage was caused due to the tornado and other weather related issues.
“There could be multiple areas of damage from the same tornado,” Cassady said.
The line of strong storms also caused other damage in the county on Wednesday evening.
Inside the city of Piqua, the Piqua Police Department found a fallen tree on Gordon Street near South Street early Thursday morning at 3 a.m. The fallen tree had also knocked down nearby power lines. Crews from the Piqua Power System and the Piqua Street Department were dispatched to clean up the area and secure the power lines.
According to Troy Police Department’s Capt. Joe Long, no damage was reported in the city limits of Troy. A report of downed power lines was reported in the 400 block of Ellis Street, but no other reports related to the storm were reported.
Bethel Township Fire Department responded to multiple calls for service and erecting “Road Closed” signs was necessary.
While the storm took roofs off of businesses and closed roads in neighboring New Carlisle, residents in Bethel Township experienced downed trees and power lines, as well as home and property damage. No injuries were reported, Bethel Fire Chief Andy Erhart said.
Property damage was reported on State Route 201, and Bellefontaine, Palmer, Agenbroad, Dayton-Brandt and Studebaker Roads, ranging from a chimney ripped from one house, a tree fallen on another and a damaged barn.
“Our heaviest damage area was on Bellfontaine Road, which is just on the back side of that Park Layne area that got hit, where the Family Dollar and Sunoco are,” Erhart said. “I think that was the most intense area of that storm and once it moved further northeast, it started to kind of lessen a little bit. We saw damage, but not to the extent that we had in that far southeastern corner.”
Casstown and Fletcher fire departments responded to a report of a “smell of something hot” in the 3000 block of East State Route 55, near Casstown.
The all-clear for Miami County came around 10:45 p.m. as the storms began to weaken and move out of the area.
There have been no reports of injuries connected to the tornados and storms.