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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Wilmington OH
1138 AM EDT MON AUG 22 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
Beginning Lat/Lon...40.0649/ -84.5053
Ending lat/Lon...40.0980/-84.4255
* 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 3 miles south of Gettysburg in Darke County Ohio on
August 20th 2016.

The tornado touched down in a corn field north of Neff Road and
continued northeast across the 5200 block of Gettysburg-Pitsburg
Road, leaving a home untouched but knocking 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 the barn.

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. 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.


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