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    EF3 Tornado Damage - Xenia, Ohio


    Photographer's description: A tornado cut a path across this retail center on September 20, 2000.  The tornado almost completely destroyed a tire retail center, and cut a damage path across this strip mall next to Wal-Mart.

    Photographer Tom Johnstone, formerly NWS Wilmington, OH
    Date taken September 21, 2000
    Location Xenia, Ohio (Greene County)     map
    Event Tornado damage

    Additional notes
    The damage in this photo shows strong  EF2 or weak EF3 damage.  Generally winds of 125 to 145 mph will remove the roof from a strip mall and cause its exterior walls to collapse.

    This tornado tracked nearly parallel to the devastating tornado which tore across Xenia in 1974.  Heavier damage elsewhere led to this tornado being rated an F4 on the old Fujita scale.

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    Safety Note: Large retail centers can be dangerous places to be when a tornado strikes, since the large open space makes it easy for the structure to collapse.  If you are working or shopping in one of these stores when a tornado warning is issued, get to a small, interior room such as a bathroom, storage closet or office.  It is important to remain calm and be aware of others around you, since panic can spread easily in crowded areas.

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