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Published: Sunday, 3/8/2009

Funnel cloud touches down in Defiance County

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An ominous sky looms over the West Toledo area Sunday evening. An ominous sky looms over the West Toledo area Sunday evening.
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SHERWOOD, Ohio A funnel cloud touched down in the village of Sherwood in western Defiance County Sunday, damaging at least three houses and a barn, authorities said.

There were no reports of injuries.

Joy Rittenhouse, the county's emergency management director, said a roof was torn off a house at State Rt. 18 and Openlander Road.

Windows were blown out of a house on Lockwood Road, a garage attached to a house on Mud Creek Road was knocked off its foundation, and a barn just east of Buckskin Road was damaged by the high winds that swept through the area about 6:30 p.m., Ms. Rittenhouse said.

The winds were very high, said Sheriff David Westrick said. Fortunately, nobody got hurt.

Brian Mitchell, a National Weather Service technician in Cleveland, could not confirm a funnel cloud had touched down.

A funnel cloud was observed by Perrysburg police on I-75 near State Rt. 795 about 7:30 p.m. Perrysburg police said there were no reports of major damage.

Mr. Mitchell estimated wind gusts reached between 40 and 50 mph during the strongest part of the storm.

Widespread rain on Sunday caused minor flooding in the greater Toledo area.

Edward Moore, Toledo's commissioner of sewer and drainage services, said a pump was set up at Middlesex Drive and Ilger Avenue in West Toledo to relieve the flooded intersection.

More than three inches of rain fell in the Findlay area, blocking portions of I-75 just north of Van Buren in Hancock County.

Nearly three dozen Hancock county and township roads were closed because of high water.



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