An intense line of storms rolling across the Miami Valley Wednesday evening spawned confirmed multiple tornadoes that tore into homes and businesses in at least three area counties, with Clark County reporting the most damage.
Here’s what we know now:
Peak of storm: The storms peaked just before 8:30 p.m. in Greene County, between 9:15-9:30 p.m. in southwestern Clark County and topped out a little after 10 p.m. farther north in Miami County.
Confirmed tornadoes: The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday morning an EF-1 tornado touched ground Wednesday evening in Park Layne in Clark County. During the afternoon, two more tornadoes were confirmed by investigators looking at six different locations. One was confirmed at Medway in Clark County and another five miles southeast of Piqua in Miami County. Based on damage, weather officials said wind speeds of the three ranged between 90-100 mph.
Park Layne hit hard: A Sunoco gas station on state Route 235, in the 2100 block of South Dayton-Lakeview Road in Park Layne, was destroyed. A Beth Township fire official said fuel at the station is secured and none spilled. Other businesses in the area, including a Family Dollar and the Mel-O-Dee Restaurant, also sustained damage. The Mel-O-Dee could be shuttered for up to three weeks for repairs to the air conditioning system and structure. A Clark County health official said Thursday afternoon that eight of 10 restaurants are back in business after brief closures. It’s unknown when the Dollar General might reopen.
Homes damaged: At least four mobile homes at McMahan’s Fairway Terrace Mobile Home Park were damaged when trees fell on them.
Graduation interrupted: Xenia High School graduation was underway at Wright State University’s Nutter Center when an announcement was made at about 8:10 to the 3,000 in attendance to move off the main floor due to concern over the large overhead scoreboard. The crowd was also cautioned to stay off the concourse at the arena, which is surrounded by glass doors and windows.
Base issues warning: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base issued a tornado warning at 8:33 p.m. A funnel cloud was reported over Fairborn.
Power lines, trees down: Several trees and power lines were reported down near Dayton-Xenia and Trebein roads in the Xenia area, and trees came down along Dayton-Yellow Springs road near Fairborn. National Weather Service radar indicated a possible tornado there at 8:53 p.m.
Homes damaged: Deweese Road at Peterson was closed because of power lines and downed trees. At least two homes reportedly sustained structural damage near highway 201 at Studebaker Road.
Debris blocks road: A tornado may be responsible for barn debris, trees and wires in the street the 8000 block of Bellefontaine Road, which was closed last night, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Dispatch.
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