Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Wilmington, OH
NOUS41 KILN 241621
Public Information Statement...CORRECTED
National Weather Service Wilmington OH
1221 PM EDT WED AUG 24 2016
...Tornado Confirmed 3 S Gettysburg in Darke County Ohio...
Location...3 S Gettysburg in Darke County Ohio
Date...August 20th 2016
Estimated Start Time...615 PM EDT
Estimated End Time: 626 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF0
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...76 mph
Maximum Path Width...50 yards
Path Length...4.7 miles
* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.
The National Weather Service in Wilmington OH has confirmed a
tornado 3 miles south of Gettysburg in Darke County Ohio on
August 20th 2016.
The tornado touched down in a field just northwest of the
intersection of Neff Road and Hahn Road, continuing northeast across
the 5200 block of Gettysburg-Pitsburg Road, where it left a home
untouched but knocked down a rotted tree just behind it. A barn
behind the home sustained significant damage, losing a quarter of
its roof and the entire overhang attached to the back of the barn.
The sliding front door of the barn was also flipped up over the
roof. A small tractor trailer parked behind the barn was flipped
onto its side and was damaged by flying debris. Debris from the barn
was found strewn about 200 yards east into a soybean field behind
the farm. A few large branches were found snapped off a tree behind
Drone footage shared by the Darke County Sheriff showed a continuous
tornado path through soybean and corn fields stretching a few
miles northeast of the initial touchdown location. As the tornado
tracked northeast from the damaged farm, it passed just about 300
feet north of a residence on Yount Road. Downstream crop damage
revealed the tornado crossed Byreley Road, Red River-West Grove
Road, and Grise Road. A small metal phone booth with a concrete slab
foundation was knocked over on Grise Road just west of State Route
721. The tornado path ended in a soybean field just east of the
Darke/Miami county line after crossing State Route 721.
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For reference...the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes
into the following categories:
EF0...wind speeds 65 to 85 mph.
EF1...wind speeds 86 to 110 mph.
EF2...wind speeds 111 to 135 mph.
EF3...wind speeds 136 to 165 mph.
EF4...wind speeds 166 to 200 mph.
EF5...wind speeds greater than 200 mph.