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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Northern Indiana
454 PM EDT Fri May 19 2017 /354 PM CDT Fri May 19 2017/


.OVERVIEW...National Weather Service and Emergency Management
officials surveyed damage in Paulding County. Investigation of the
damage indicates straight line winds were the likely cause of the
damage. Details follow.

.Haviland Ohio Thunderstorm Wind 1...

Peak wind /E/:          80-85 mph
Path length /Statute/:  2 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   50 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             May 18 2017
Start time:             525 pm EDT
Start location:         2.3 WSW Haviland
Start Lat/Lon:          41.01451/-84.6317

End date:               May 18 2017
End time:               527 pm EDT
End location:           0.9 SW Haviland
End lat/lon:            41.00578/-84.59032

SURVEY_SUMMARY: Two swaths of wind damage were noted from separate
thunderstorms west of Haviland. The first storm snapped a couple
dozen power poles near the ground from northwest of Haviland to
west of Haviland along County Road 107. A few smaller tree limbs
were also blown down. A second swath caused significant damage to
a large pole barn southwest of the intersection of State Route 114
and County Road 87. Debris was carried to the southeast for
roughly 2 miles across open fields. Several power poles were also
snapped towards the end of the downburst. Along County Road 107,
between 70 and 80 power poles were snapped by strong winds. Winds
are estimated at between 80 to 85 mph.

.Cecil Ohio Thunderstorm Wind 2...

Peak wind /E/:          65-70 mph
Path length /Statute/:  1 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   25 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             May 18 2017
Start time:             429 pm EDT
Start location:         3.5 E Cecil
Start Lat/Lon:          41.22438/-84.51582

End date:               May 18 2017
End time:               431 pm EDT
End location:           4.5 E Cecil
End lat/lon:            41.22498/-84.49610

SURVEY_SUMMARY: Damage was found along a roughly one mile path of
isolated damage starting near the intersection of County Road 224
and 133. A older pole barn was impacted by the winds, causing it
fall onto itself and mainly roofing debris being carried roughly a
third of a mile. Several 2 by 4 boards were found embedded in the
ground in various directions. Along this same path a garage door
was pushed in with a few pieces of roofing thrown east to
northwest of the intersection of County Roads 224 and 139. A 5th
wheel trailer was rolled several times, landing in a pond. Near
the intersection of County Roads 218 and 133 2 garage doors were
pushed in. One of the buildings had its north and south walls
pushed outward.

While the boards in the ground, as well as damage to structures
south of the destroyed barn may suggest some weak rotation,
damage in the area was not conclusive enough to classify a small
area of damage as possibly tornadic. Data will continue to be

We wish to thank Emergency Management officials in Paulding and
Van Wert Counties for their help with the surveys.

The information in this statement is PRELIMINARY and subject to
change pending final review of the events and publication in NWS
Storm Data.


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