National Weather Service confirms two tornadoes left wake of damage in Geauga, Trumbull counties

September 21, 2018

National Weather Service confirms two tornadoes left wake of damage in Geauga, Trumbull counties

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The National Weather Service confirmed Friday that two tornadoes touched down Thursday in southeast Geauga County and western Trumbull County. 

The NWS Cleveland storm survey team said in a tweet two EF-1 tornadoes touched down near Middlefield Township during Thursday afternoon’s storm. An EF-1 tornado can cause moderate damage, with wind speeds of 86 to 110 mph.

The first tornado touched down around 2:20 p.m. about 3 miles north of Middlefield, according to NWS. From the area of Durkee Road, the tornado went southeast along State Route 528, ending near the intersection of State Route 528 and State Route 87. 

A building under construction near State Route 528 and Nauvoo Road sustained significant damage, NWS said. Several trees were also damaged.

Its path was just over 3 miles, with estimated peak winds at about 95 mph and a maximum width around 25 yards, NWS said. 

After the first tornado dissipated, a second tornado touched down around 2:30 p.m. about 3 miles northeast of Middlefield near Nauvoo Road and Hayes Road.

As the tornado moved southeast, two single-wide mobile homes were significantly damaged near the intersection of State Route 87 and Bundysburg Road, NWS said. Otherwise, the damage from the second tornado was mainly confined to trees. 

The tornado continued into Trumbull County where it dissipated about 3 miles northwest of Farmington, near the intersection of Clark Road and Girdle Road. Its path was over 4 miles long, with estimated peak winds at about 95 mph and a maximum width around 25 yards. 

The Geauga County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Thursday that wires were down and a pole was snapped on Nauvoo Road in Middlefield Township. 

MFFD Addr: 16765 Nauvoo Rd; Middlefield Twp Type: Wires Down - Pole snapped wires across the rd— Geauga Co. Sheriff (@GeaugaSheriff) September 20, 2018

The NWS issued a tornado warning from about 2:15 until 3:30 p.m. Thursday for parts of Geauga, Trumbull and Ashtabula counties.

Tornado Warning including Cortland OH, Chardon OH, Middlefield OH until 2:45 PM EDT pic.twitter.com/HK1Cgk75ny— NWS Cleveland (@NWSCLE) September 20, 2018

Northeast Ohioans might see some more severe weather Friday afternoon and evening. Thunderstorms are expected to develop from eastern Cuyahoga County into northwest Pennsylvania, NWS Cleveland said.

Stay #WeatherAware! Enhanced threat for severe storms this afternoon with damaging winds as the main threat. Large hail and a couple tornadoes are possible. Have a way to get warnings by NOAA weather radio and on your smartphone. #OHwx #PAwx #ThisIsCLE #CLEwx #Weather #Ready pic.twitter.com/qc2PCqwzwy— NWS Cleveland (@NWSCLE) September 21, 2018

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