Tim Beach, his wife and three children, ages 1, 2, and 3, survived the storm in this house, huddled together in a first floor bathroom. There was no time to go to the basement. One moment [my wife] was cooking dinner at the stove, and then boom. "It was so fast. It slammed the house like an explosion," says Beach.
Damage at the Circle K convenience store in Perrysburg Township.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that five moderate tornadoes traveled through six different counties in northwest Ohio on Sunday.
PHOTO GALLERY: Storm damage
The National Weather Service’s confirmation on Monday of the tornadoes included one with peak winds up to 125 mph that struck parts of Perrysburg and Lake townships, Northwood, and Oregon starting at 5:35 p.m. during the strong thunderstorm Sunday evening. Other tornadoes were reported in Wood County’s Jerry City, outside of Elmore in Ottawa County, near the Paulding County and Van Wert County line, and a fifth that touched down in southeast Paulding County and traveled to Cloverdale in west central Putnam County.
The preliminary report from the weather service office in Cleveland said the twister in suburban Toledo formed near Lime City Road and U.S. 20 in Perrysburg Township and reached a strength of EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale near Oregon Road and State Rt. 795, where a convenience store was damaged.
The tornado continued northeast at weaker strengths before regaining EF-2 strength in Oregon, where several houses were destroyed.
Overall, the tornado traveled 12 miles in a period of about 20 minutes before dissipating near Corduroy and Wynn roads in Oregon.
An EF-2 tornado with winds of up to 130 mph traveled about eight miles, touching down about a fourth of a mile south of the intersection of Route 66 and County Line Road in southeast Paulding County and lifting about five miles northeast of Cloverdale in West Central Putnam County.
Just a few minutes before, an EF-1 tornado was confirmed touching down just south of Elm Sugar and Doner roads in Van Wert County and lifting just south of the Paulding County/Van Wert County lines near the intersection of Converse Roselm and Kidner roads. That storm reportedly produced winds of up to 100 miles per hour and traveled about two miles.
The weather service also confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down at 5:35 p.m. and traveled east and northeast for about a mile along Jerry City Road in southern Wood County, damaging several houses. The tornado’s path began near Huffman and Jerry City roads, just east of the village of Jerry City, and ended on Cloverdale Road north of Jerry City Road, with peak winds estimated between 105 and 110 mph.
Another tornado, an EF-1, touched down near Yeasting Road and State Rt. 590 about three miles east of Elmore in Ottawa County at 6 p.m. It was on the ground for less than a mile.
No one was injured or killed in the storms, however, widespread structural damage was reported.