Straight line winds, not a tornado caused Ohio damage

A possible tornado damaged this barn in Van Wert County Wednesday afternoon. (Photo courtesy: Rick McCoy)

DELPHOS, Ohio (WANE) –  The National Weather Service has confirmed that damage in Van Wert County was not caused from a tornado but was from straight line winds.

The NWS reported storm damage starting five miles west of Delphos, Ohio. The wind peaked at 60 miles per hour in a path length of 5.5 miles.

The Van Wert County Emergency Management Agency initially reported a possible tornado near Delphos, Ohio Wednesday afternoon.

Director Rick McCoy said a storm cell moving through the eastern portion of the county at 5:10 p.m. may have produced a tornado. McCoy reported minimal damage over a 1.5 mile stretch.

McCoy said a homeowner witnessed the rain-wrapped tornado which may have initially touched down in a corn field east of Brickner Road just south of Lincoln Highway. McCoy reported flattened corn in a field near the start of the damage path. The damage path indicated to EMA surveyors that it continued out of the corn field and across Brickner Road moving to the northeast. The possible tornado then ripped shingles from a barn’s roof and tore a door off the north side of the structure.

A possible tornado uprooted trees and brought down several tree limbs near Delphos, Ohio Wednesday afternoon. (Photo Courtesy: Rick McCoy)
A possible tornado uprooted trees and brought down several tree limbs near Delphos, Ohio Wednesday afternoon. (Photo Courtesy: Rick McCoy)

McCoy said the possible tornado then crossed Lincoln Highway and uprooted a tree and downed several tree limbs. The path of the storm continued northeast through two bean fields and crossed Pohlman Road where it passed over another bean field. It likely split a large tree and damaged another barn. McCoy said pieces of the barn were splintered across the road and into a bean field. A barn door on the east side was also ripped off.

A large area of corn was flattened by a possible tornado near Brickner Road west of Delphos, Ohio Wednesday. (Photo Courtesy: Rick McCoy)
A large area of corn was flattened by a possible tornado near Brickner Road west of Delphos, Ohio Wednesday. (Photo Courtesy: Rick McCoy)

McCoy said the possible tornado appeared to be 25 yards wide. It’s likely the storm lifted in a field before reaching U.S. 30 and State Road 66.

McCoy said no injuries were reported and no homes were damaged.

“Given the characteristics the line of storms had on radar through the afternoon, along with our atmospheric conditions on Wednesday, it is certainly not out of the question that a tornado could have spun up to produce the damage reported,” said NewsChannel 15 Chief Meteorologist Nicholas Ferreri.

“Our Live Doppler 15 Fury Weather Watchers were made aware of this potential days in advance of Wednesday’s storms,” Ferreri continued.

The National Weather Service in North Webster will likely decide Thursday morning whether to send a crew to Van Wert County.

 

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