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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Wilmington OH
527 PM EDT Thu Apr 6 2017


Location...6 Miles West of Springfield in Clark County Ohio
Date...April 5, 2017
Estimated Time...6:58 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF0
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...75-80 MPH
Maximum Path Width...40 yards
Path Length...180 yards
Beginning Lat/Lon...39.9358N/83.9143W
Ending lat/Lon...39.9363N/83.9123W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* 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 6 Miles West of Springfield in Clark County Ohio on April
5, 2017.

Widespread wind damage was observed west of Springfield in the
Tecumseh Trails Subdivision and along North Tecumseh Road north
of New Carlisle Pike. Several homes in the Tecumseh Trails
subdivision sustained roof damage indicative of 75 to 80 mph
winds. However, all of the debris was scattered in a northerly to
northeasterly direction, with no ground based evidence of a
tornado apparent. There was no evidence of light mud nor debris
splatter in the downwind facing side of the homes. However, the
wind damage was significant, resulting in a large section of roof
removed from one home, with other homes in the area sustaining
smaller sections of roof damage. There was additional tree damage
along New Carlisle Pike, including damage to a fence caused by
damaged trees.

Where tornado damage was evident was further east along North
Tecumseh Road. Roof and siding damage was sustained by several
homes. One home had clear debris splatter on the north facing side
of the home, as well as splatter and damage on an eastward facing
porch. This strongly suggests winds traveling in an opposite
direction of the north to northeastward moving storm and provides
evidence of tornadic damage.

The storm traveling through this area of Clark County had
significant winds producing widespread tree and roof damage.
Nearly all of the damage surveyed was pretty clearly in a
northerly to northeasterly direction, indicating strong straight
line wind damage. Damage caused by the brief tornado touchdown
along North Tecumseh Road was similar in magnitude to the
strongest straight line wind damage nearby.

Through witness accounts, it is estimated that the tornado was on
the ground a very brief time, likely less than 1 minute.

This information can also be found on our website at

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.


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