By Melody Vallieu
Editor, Miami Valley Today
MIAMI COUNTY — Third and fourth tornadoes — both EF0s — have been confirmed from Monday’s storms in Miami County, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
Kenneth Artz, director of the Miami County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) said the third tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service in Wilmington late Wednesday night. The third tornado has been confirmed to have touched down south of Troy at about 10:47 p.m. Monday and ending at 11:03 p.m., according to the NWS.
The estimated wind speed was 70 mph and the path is believed to have been 200 yards wide and 5.7 miles long. Damage was limited to trees with some minor roofing damage, according to the NWS.
A fourth tornado, in Elizabeth Township, also was confirmed late Thursday afternoon by the NWS, with the help of the Miami County EMA. According to reports, the touchdown was near Alcony and had wind speeds of up to 70 mph. This touchdown was only one minute in length, from 11:08-11:o9 p.m. and had a path 50 yards wide and 1.1 miles in length.
The National Weather Service described this tornado as a “very brief/weak tornado” that touched down just south of Alcony along State Route 41 and moved northeast before crossing State Route 41 and dissipating just before the Clark County line.
Damaged reported from this event include uprooted trees and trees snapped off high above the ground.
An NWS storm survey team also investigated some minor structural and tree damage on the northwest side of Tipp City, but has reported this was likely “a result of rear-flank downdraft winds tied to a confirmed tornado a few miles to the north.”
Damage began on the south side of Kerr Drive near David Drive, according to the NWS. Further northeast, closer to Interstate 75, more trees were broken and several building along I-75 between Floral Acres Drive and SpringMeade Lane also sustained minor roof damage. Several residential homes on Manchester Drive and Windsor Crossing had minor roof damage, including shingle and soffit removal. Light tree damage was also observed on the east side of i-75.
Two other tornadoes already have been confirmed to have touched down in Miami County on Monday, an EF2 tornado touched down outside of West Milton, along with an EF0 tornado at State Route 721 and 49, near the county line, both in Union Township.
Artz said the majority of the damage came from the EF2 tornado, while the EF0 tornado is believed to have caused minor damage.
The EF2, confirmed near West Milton, in Darke and Miami counties, is confirmed to have touched down at 10:25 p.m. and ended at 10:44 p.m. The path was three quarters of a mile wide and its length was 10.8 miles long, according to the NWS. The maximum speed of the winds during this tornado are believed to have been up to 130 mph, and affected portions of both Miami and Darke counties.
The EF0 tornado that touched down near Phillipsburg at the Miami and Montgomery county line began at approximately 11:19 p.m. and ended at 11:24 p.m., according to the NWS. Wind speeds are believed to have reached up to 80 mph and the path was 50 yards wide and extended for 3 miles, the NWS report said.
This tornado first impacted a property north of Montgomery County Line Road and just east of State Route 721, where minor damage to farm equipment was observed, according to the NWS. Roof damage was observed at the next property to the southwest, with tree damage at a home directly north of Montgomery County Line Road. Roof damage was then observed at two structures at a property west of Hartman Road, with one outbuilding suffering the removal of half of its roof. Additional minor tree damage was observed further to the southwest. The final known damage from this tornado was at a property on North Diamond Mill Road, where a grain bin was thrown into the field to the east. According to reports, the Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation Section assisted in completing the survey for this touchdown.
Artz said Thursday that EMA teams continue to do damage assessments in the county and are working on debris management from the storms and tornadoes. A preliminary damage assessment report shows that two properties were destroyed, 22 properties had major damage, 34 had minor damage and 20 more properties were affected, according to Artz. He said the tally likely will rise as teams continue to reach affected residents.
According to information provided by the Red Cross, volunteers are needed to help with clean-up in the devastated areas. Those who would like to help can call the Miami County EMA at (937) 440-5460. If no answer, callers are asked to leave a message with their information and their call will be returned.
Miami County will open a Resource Assistance Center for residents who were impacted by the storm. The Red Cross, Miami County EMA, Miami County Public Health, Miami County Job and Family Services, and Miami County Auditor will have representatives and information available to assist residents with storm recovery.
The Resource Assistance Center will be located in the West Milton Municipal Building, 701 S. Miami St., and will be open:
Friday, May 31 — 1-7 p.m.
Saturday, June 1 — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday, June 3 — 1-7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4 — 1-7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 5 — 1-7 p.m.
“We will do whatever we can to assist people,” said Artz, who said staff will answer questions, offer assistance and direct individuals during the dates. He said the resource center will be extended beyond the planned dates if necessary.
With the additional county touchdowns, a total of 17 tornadoes have been recorded from Monday night in Ohio, according to NWS reports.
For more information and the latest updates on response and recovery efforts, visit www.miamicountyohio.gov/753/EMA.