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Ottawa County damage blamed on tornado

PORT CLINTON — The National Weather Service Thursday declared that the storm that hit Ottawa County this week was a tornado.

Officials said the tornado touched down about 1 a.m. Wednesday near Paulsen and Little Portage roads in Bay Township about four miles southwest of Port Clinton.

The twister uprooted trees, ripped roof sections off some outbuildings, and damaged the roofs as it barreled northeast about a mile and a half, cutting a path about 30 yards wide and ending near Darr Hopfinger Road.

The weather service said the tornado had the lowest rating, EF-0 on the Fujita or EF scale — which is noted by 65-75 mile-per-hour winds and minor damage. Winds were moving 75 miles per hour. The NWS has said a similar tornado caused damage in Oregon in Lucas County.

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