Ottawa County Tornado June 24, 1998
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     Storm Shuts Down Ohio Nuclear Plant 
    
    
     OAK HARBOR, Ohio (AP)  A fast-moving storm slammed into northern
     Ohio, forcing a nuclear power plant to shut down, damaging buildings and
     injuring 14 people. 
    
     National Weather Service forecasters said a tornado hit late Wednesday near
     the Davis-Besse nuclear plant near Oak Harbor, about 25 miles east of
     Toledo. Workers spotted a funnel cloud near the plant cooling tower. The
     plant shut down automatically when the storm severed transmission lines
     between it and another plant in Pennsylvania, said Chuck Krueger, spokesman
     for Toledo Edison, which operates Davis-Besse. 
    
     Plant officials said the idled reactor was safe and an inspection was under
     way to determine damage. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it was
     sending a team of specialists to help with the inspection. 
    
     Davis-Besse was still shut down today, said Ruth Dyke, spokeswoman for the
     Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency. 
    
     Emergency officials, which received tallies from the hospitals, today put the
     number of injured at 14. One of them was in critical condition. Early news
     reports had said at least 30 people were taken to hospitals. 
    
     The storm blew off roofs and knocked down barns, trees and utility poles. 
    
     ``It's one huge storm, the size of a county,'' said Ryan Sandler, a National
     Weather Service meteorologist. He said the storm appeared to weaken as it
     moved southeast from the hardest-hit areas.                                
     

    
    PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NWSFO CLEVELAND OHIO
    1145 PM EDT WED JUN 24 1998
    
    TIME(EDT)  .....CITY LOCATION..... STATE  ...EVENT/REMARKS...
               ....COUNTY LOCATION....
    
    0750 PM    TOLEDO                    OH   .75 INCH HAIL
    06/24/98   LUCAS                          DIME SIZED HAIL REPORTED
                                              IN MAUMEE BAY
    
    0828 PM    PORT CLINTON              OH   WIND DAMAGE
    06/24/98   OTTAWA                         HIGH WINDS REPORTED WEST
                                              OF PORT CLINTON. NUMEROUS
                                              TREE LIMBS DOWN.
    
    0900 PM    PORT CLINTON              OH   TORNADO
    06/24/98   OTTAWA                         TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR
                                              DAVIS-BESSIE POWER PLANT
    0902 PM    OAK HARBOR                OH   WIND DAMAGE
    06/24/98   OTTAWA                         NUMEROUS TRAILERS ROLLED
                                              OVER BY HIGH WINDS
    
    0906 PM    ROCKY RIDGE               OH   WIND DAMAGE
    06/24/98   OTTAWA                         ROOFS OFF BARNS AND
                                              NUMEROUS TREES BLOWN DOWN.
    
    0907 PM    OAK HARBOR                OH   WIND DAMAGE
    06/24/98   OTTAWA                         TREES BLOWN DOWN
    
    0923 PM    CRYSTAL ROCK              OH   .75 INCH HAIL
    06/24/98   ERIE
    
    0930 PM    CASTALIA                  OH   .75 INCH HAIL
    06/24/98   ERIE
    
    0932 PM    CLYDE                     OH   WIND DAMAGE
    06/24/98   SANDUSKY                       NUMEROUS ROOFS OFF
                                              BUILDINGS AND TREES DOWN.
    
    0943 PM    CLYDE                     OH   WIND DAMAGE
    06/24/98   SANDUSKY                       ROOF OFF OF A HOUSE AND
                                              TREES DOWN NEAR CLYDE
    
    1037 PM    SHILOH                    OH   .75 INCH HAIL
    06/24/98   RICHLAND
    
    
    1024 PM    ASHLAND                   OH   WIND DAMAGE            
    06/24/98   ASHLAND                        2-3 TREES DOWN NORTHWEST 
                                              OF ASHLAND AND SOME 
                                              SHINGLES BLOWN OFF A ROOF. 
    
    
    
    PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
    525 PM EST THU JUNE 25 1998
    
    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS COMPLETED THE STORM SURVEY PERTAINING
    TO THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THAT AFFECTED PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST AND
    NORTH CENTRAL OHIO ON WEDNESDAY...JUNE 24.
    
    AN AERIAL SURVEY WAS COMPLETED IN OTTAWA COUNTY WHERE THE MOST
    SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED. A GROUND SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN SANDUSKY
    AND ERIE COUNTIES.
    
    CONCLUSIONS...
     
    A F2 TORNADO...WINDS BETWEEN 113 AND 157 MPH...OCCURRED IN OTTAWA
    COUNTY. THE TORNADO EITHER MOVED ONSHORE OR TOUCHED DOWN JUST WEST OF
    THE DAVIS-BESSIE POWER PLANT BETWEEN 845PM AND 900 PM. THE TORNADO WAS
    ABOUT 100 YARDS WIDE AND TRAVELED SOUTHEAST ABOUT 31/2MILES.
    CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE WAS NOTED ALONG THIS PATH WITH SOME BARNS TOTALLY
    DESTROYED AND AN APARTMENT COMPLEX HEAVILY DAMAGED. MOST OF THE DAMAGE
    IN OTTAWA COUNTY WAS CAUSED BY A MACROBURST...STRAIGHT LINE
    WINDS...BETWEEN 70 AND 80 MPH.
    
    DOWNBURST...OR STRAIGHT LINE WINDS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DAMAGE
    IN ERIE AND SANDUSKY COUNTIES. A FUNNEL CLOUD WAS OBSERVED BY A RESIDENT
    IN WHITES LANDING JUST SOUTH OF SANDUSKY BAY...BUT IT DID NOT TOUCH
    DOWN.
    
    GABRIC
    
    

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