6 tornadoes touch down in Saturday early morning storms

Six tornadoes touched down during strong thunderstorms early Saturday across the Miami Valley.

An EF1 tornado, which has wind speeds of 86 to 110 mph, touched down near Wapakoneta in Auglaize County that injured seven.

Five were EF0 tornadoes, including two in Miami County, and one each in Darke, Auglaize and Mercer counties, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

EF0 tornadoes have wind speeds between 65 and 85 mph. None of the tornadoes led to injuries or fatalities.

Miami County tornadoes

Both Miami County tornadoes touched down about the same time just after 1 a.m.

The first touched down at 1:01 a.m. abut two miles north of Laura. It traveled 12.9 miles before ending 13 minutes later about two miles northeast of Troy.

This tornado caused significant barn damage when it first touched down, as well as damage to a garage and roofs throughout the commercial area on state Route 41 and northern Troy. Maximum wind speeds reached an estimated 85 mph.

The second tornado touched down at 1:02 a.m. three miles west/northwest of Pleasant Hill. It traveled about four miles over 4 minutes before lifting up two miles northeast of the village.

This tornado touched down south of West Sugar Grove Circle Hill Road and tracked west through Sugar Grove, ending near Mowry Road. Maximum wind speeds were estimated at 80 mph.

Darke County tornado

The tornado in Darke County touched down at 1:02 a.m. about two miles southwest of Potsdam near the intersection of Red River West Grove and Fourman roads.

It traveled abut 5.9 miles before lifting about 6 minutes later a mile west of West Milton in Miami County.

This tornado mainly caused tree damage but also damaged a barn on Range Line Road. Maximum wind speeds were estimated at 80 mph by the NWS.

Auglaize County tornadoes

The EF0 tornado began at about 12:45 a.m. four miles northwest of St. Marys and ended four miles southeast of Monticello, traveling 4.7 miles in about 4 minutes.

This tornado dealt barn and tree damage when it first touched down, and destroyed an outbuilding, multiple hog barns and a farmstead along its path.

Maximum estimated wind speeds were 85 mph.

The EF1 tornado touched down at 12:54 a.m. southwest of Wapakoneta. It traveled 17.2 miles in 13 minutes before lifting near the Auglaize/Allen counties line.

A commercial greenhouse was leveled, an industrial building sustained significant roof damage and wall collapses, and multiple tractor-trailers were overturned at a truck stop was damaged before the tornado reached a campsite near the intersection of U.S. 33 and Interstate 75.

Seven people were injured at the campground when RVs flipped over, and a historic brick schoolhouse was destroyed on Brown Road, according to the NWS.

Maximum wind speeds were estimated at 110 mph.

Mercer county tornado

The Mercer County tornado also started around 12:45 a.m. 2 miles north/northwest of Osgood and ended 2 miles northeast of Minster in Auglaize County, traveling 8.4 miles in about 8 minutes.

The NWS said that this tornado dealt damage to trees and structures, especially in barns near Egypt.

Maximum wind speeds were estimated at 80 mph.

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