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Issued by NWS Wilmington, OH

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Wilmington OH
1114 AM EDT Wed Jul 12 2017


Location...Northwest of Rockford in Mercer County Ohio
Date...July 10 2017
Start Time...820 PM
End Time...831 PM
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF0
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...70 MPH
Maximum Path Width...80 Yards
Path Length...3.9 Miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...40.7148N / 84.7437W
Ending Lat/Lon...40.6951N / 84.6750W
* 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 near Rockford in Mercer County Ohio on July 10, 2017.

Based on eyewitness reports, the tornado is believed to have
touched down in the vicinity of Hill Road, north of Winkler Road.
From here, the tornado moved generally east-southeast, crossing
Winkler Road and damaging crops and trees along its path.
Cycloidal scarring was noted in the corn fields adjacent to
Winkler Road and Jordan Road.

The tornado crossed Jordan Road, moving east-southeast to near the
intersection of Lee Road and Erastus-Durbin Road. At a property on
the southeast corner of this intersection, one outbuilding was
destroyed, with its debris scattered into the field to the east.

The tornado damaged another area of trees along Township Line
Road, and then continued east-southeast into open fields north of
Rockford West Road, where the tornado is believed to have

We would like to extend our appreciation to the Mercer County and
Van Wert County emergency management agencies for their ground and
aerial surveys, which were immensely helpful in preparing this
report and determining the track of the tornado.

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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