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National Weather Service confirms tornado touched down near Middlefield during Thursday afternoon storms

September 21, 2018

National Weather Service confirms tornado touched down near Middlefield during Thursday afternoon storms

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The National Weather Service confirmed Friday that a tornado touched down Thursday in southeast Geauga County. 

The NWS Cleveland storm survey team said in a tweet an EF-1 tornado touched down near Middlefield during Thursday afternoon’s storm.

An EF-1 tornado can cause moderate damage, with wind speeds of 86 to 110 mph. 

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

The NWS Cleveland storm survey team said more details about Thursday’s tornado will be released Friday afternoon. 

Northeast Ohio 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.

“These thunderstorms have a greater potential of being isolated supercells which could produce strong damaging wings, large hail or a tornado,” according to NWS. 

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