Tornado ripped mile-long path in Bellevue

National Weather Service says three tornadoes touched down in region
Courtney Astolfi
Jul 11, 2013

 

The storm clouds have surrendered to sunny skies, but thousands of area residents whiled away their Thursday in the dark, waiting for power to be restored to homes and businesses.

The National Weather Service in Cleveland, meanwhile, said preliminary assessments indicate a tornado — weak in strength, but a tornado nonetheless — touched down in the city of Bellevue during Wednesday's wicked stormfront. 

Two other tornados also touched down in the region: one in Reed Township, which passed through parts of Huron and Seneca counties, and one in the Rowsburg in Ashland County.   

"They were weaker tornados, about 90 mph," said Brian Mitchell, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Cleveland. "In some cases, the damages were probably from the (storm) winds, which were equivalent to the actual tornado." 

The first tornado hit just before 2:30 p.m., with an initial touchdown near County Road 27 and Township Road 122 in Reed Township. It continued along a northeast path intermittently for about 10 miles, according to the National Weather Service, reaching maximum winds speeds of about 90 mph with a path about 50 yards wide. It then lifted near the Bellevue Reservoir in Huron County.

About 45 minutes later, a tornado about 50 yards wide ripped a mile-long path through the city of Bellevue. It reached speeds of up to 75 mph and it initially touched down along Flat Rock Road near Kilbourne Street, where power lines and utility poles were torn down completely.  

It continued northeast before finally lifting near Gardner and Kilbourne streets. The tornado in Ashland County hit at about 4 p.m. 

Damage was significant in all cases, with the tornados and storm winds ripping down power lines, utility poles, tree limbs and branches. Roofs were torn off some structures and flash floods were widespread. 

Throughout north-central Ohio, the stormfront left 6,000 to 7,000 buildings without electricity, according to Ohio Edison spokesman Gary Mortus. By Thursday afternoon road crews had restored some power, although about 4,000 people were still without service.

Ohio Edison hoped to have everything back on line by midnight Friday, with crews working around the clock, Mortus said.

Pick up Friday's Register to read more on this story, as well as a story about the weather's impact on local farm crops.

For photos of storm damage and cleanup, click here and here.

Comments

man4451

I sure fell sorry for those that there insurance company does not cover. I canceled insurance from Liberty Mutual, and State Farm?

meplus5

One scary day. Hopefully everyone is okay.

rain man

Not to mention Fremont where many are going through the same, hopefully not worse.

Firelandsobserver

Insurance for trees? Not one home was lost or heavily damaged. Tad sensationalized.

mwiedle

Actually there are quite a few houses without roofs, siding, and some of those trees landed on the houses damaging them. Most people will not have power for quite sometime either due to all the power lines that were knocked down. Thankfully no one was injured.

ladydye_5

I saw houses with trees on them, in them or damaged from them. Not sure what you saw or what you are talking about? There are cars that were smashed. Think you might just be trolling for a blog fight!

starryeyes83

Some porches were taken out, one fell through someone's bedroom and roofs,, and at least two vehicles that I know of were crushed.. of course basement flooding... Most Every street in the city had some type of tree damage. Some more power came back on today. Cable still seems to be out.