2010-09-25 / News

Tornado touches down outside Somerset

Beacon aerial photos by Charles Prince. Beacon aerial photos by Charles Prince. SOMERSET – The National Weather Service’s Wilmington Forecast Office confirmed that an EF-O tornado touched down near West Rushville around the 5:35 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16.

The NWS said the initial touchdown was on Fairfield Union Road. It moved east for approximately three miles. There were no fatalities or injuries.

These photos were taken south of US 22 and west of Somerset. Homes, barns and outbuildings were damaged, some beyond repair. There was extensive tree damage. In the photo below, trees in a multi-acre area were simply swept down by the winds.

An EF-0 is lowest category on the enhanced Fujita Scale. Wind speeds are 65 to 85 mph. The NWS estimated this tornado had a 75 mph maximum wind speed. It was on the ground for approximately four minutes and had an estimated maximum path width of 150 yards.

Nine tornados were confirmed in Ohio last Thursday. A second Fairfield County tornado touched down outside Tarlton. The NWS said a cold front and associated strong upper level disturbance triggered severe thunderstorms leading to the tornados.

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