CLAY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – As residents pick up the pieces following a tornado, 2 NEWS is asking if they had enough warning before it hit.
A tour of the destruction by the National Weather Service at three sites in Clay Township led them to determine it was an EFO tornado with winds of about 85 miles per hour that caused the damage.
“We saw a path with damage confined and not spread out too much,” says Todd Shobe with the National Weather Service.
It had the power to rip off a barn roof and yet leave behind a bird’s nest.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the area in the tornado’s path, but we wanted to know why it wasn’t under a tornado watch before that.
“Sometimes that happens,” Shobe says. “When the watches go out they say conditions are favorable in and near the watch area.”
The NWS says it did give residents a five to ten minute warning beforehand. Enough time for those like Dan Puderbaugh to get to safety. He got the warning on his cell phone, something that’s happening more and more.
“Just in time,” Puderbaugh says. “We probably didn’t have three or four minutes by the time I got the cell phone, turned on the TV and the windows were gone.”
While Puderbaugh dealt with those shattered windows, others had debris scattered along their yards, everything from boards to Legos. Putting the pieces back together won’t be easy, but they can always count on help, no matter which way the wind blows.
“That’s what friends are for,” says Chuck Cowan, who was helping pick up the debris. “It doesn’t take even a phone call. We knew his barn blew apart and friends come clean it up.”