Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Wilmington, OH
NOUS41 KILN 180101
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Wilmington OH
901 PM EDT WED AUG 17 2016
...Updated Information for Tornado Confirmed in Sardinia in Brown
Location...Sardinia in Brown County Ohio
Date...August 17th 2016
Estimated Start Time...1116 AM
Estimated End Time...1119 AM
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF0
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...75 mph
Maximum Path Width...100 yards
Path Length...1.0 mile
Beginning Lat/Lon...39.0068N / 83.8128W
Ending Lat/Lon...39.0105N / 83.7957W
* 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 in Sardinia in Brown County Ohio on August 17th 2016.
A weak tornado touched down on the west side of Sardinia near
Highway 24B /Maple Ave/ and moved east-northeast through the village
ending on the northeast side of town near Highway 32
The beginning of the tornado track was marked by scattered broken
tree branches generally 3-6 inches in diameter. These branches
tended to fall in a narrow corridor indicating convergence along the
track. This was the primary damage observed near Maple Ave as it
entered the western portion of Sardinia up to just south of the
intersection with Broad Street. A few slightly larger branches up to
approximately 8 inches in diameter were broken as the tornado moved
just south of Winchester Street. Wind speeds of approximately 60-70
mph likely caused much of this damage.
The tornado appeared to strengthen and widen as it continued to move
near and just south of Sardinia-Mowrystown Road in Sardinia. Minor
structural damage became more evident in this area and larger trees
were broken. A gas station pump was dislodged from its base near the
intersection with Winchester Street, and a section of roofing
approximately 45 feet by 10 feet was partially removed from a
storage barn 100 yards to the east-northeast. Tree limbs 4-7 inches
in diameter were broken across the street in the cemetery and fell
south toward the center line of the track. Three large trees
approximately 12-18 inches in diameter were uprooted and oriented
toward the northeast on the south side of Sardinia-Mowrystown Road,
near the intersection with Kelly Street. Wind speeds of 65-75 mph
likely brought down these trees, though wet soils also contributed.
A brick chimney was also partially destroyed on a nearby house. An
overall convergent debris pattern was evident in this area,
especially with the tree damage.
The tornado then started to weaken just before dissipating east of
Brookfield Place near Highway 32 /Appalachian Highway/. A metal
carport approximately 20 feet by 12 feet was lifted from the north
side of Brookfield Place near the intersection with Meadow View,
carried across Brookfield Place, and dropped on the south side of
the road. Leaf spatter was also observed on the west-facing side of
a motor home near where the carport was dropped. An eyewitness at
this location described a column of rotating debris associated with
the tornado. Minor tree damage was noted at the east end of
Brookfield Place, after which the tornado dissipated. Wind speeds in
this area were likely 60-70 mph.
The National Weather Service extends thanks to Brown County
Emergency Management and the affected homeowners for their
assistance and eyewitness accounts during this survey.
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.