Storm Center 7 meteorologist Kirsti Zontini said the tornado outbreak is part of an active weather year locally, in Ohio and the nation.
“On average, Ohio sees 19 tornadoes per year,” Zontini said.
With Monday’s tornadoes, the state has recorded at least 35 already in 2019, and the season is far from over.
Even more unusual: 21 of those have happened in the Dayton area.
“We have fewer days with tornadoes now,” Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said, “but when we do have them, we tend to have more than one.”
The severity of the tornadoes that did extensive damage in Trotwood, Harrison Twp., Dayton, Beavercreek and Celina is “very unusual,” Vrydaghs said. Those three EF3 tornadoes — with winds between 136 and 165 mph — were the first that severe since a 2014 tornado near Cedarville in Greene County.
“Those are rare for us,” Vrydaghs said.
NWS investigators determined Wednesday that tornadoes also struck near Jamestown in Greene County, in the Phillipsburg area in Montgomery and Miami counties; and in Darke and Auglaize counties.
As residents worked Wednesday to clean up, the number of people receiving treatment for storm-related injuries — sustained either from the storm or in debris removal efforts — increased to more than 200, according to officials.
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Officials with Premier Health, which operates Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, saw more patients suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. Many of the illnesses were from people using generators after widespread power outages caused by the tornadoes, according to Sharon Howard, Director of Communications at Premier Health.
Patients suffering other injuries such as broken bones, dehydration, and lacerations are also being Dayton-area hospitals, according to officials. Many of those new injuries were sustained by people cleaning up debris, hospital officials from Kettering Health Network and Premier Health said.
In Dayton, an estimated 1,400 or more trees were downed during the tornado that impacted the right-of-way, said Fred Stovall, the city’s director of public works.
Stovall asked for the public’s patience as crews clear trees from streets, sidewalks and public places.
“It’s not going to be days, I can tell you that for sure,” Stovall said. “I’m going to say it will be weeks, to be honest to you — this is going to be a humongous effort for us.”