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    Straight-Line Wind Damage: 55-70 mph

    This is the minimum amount of damage which the NWS classifies as severe.
    Damage in this category includes small trees down and large limbs broken (generally 3" in
    diameter or lager), some weak large trees snapped or uprooted, heavy objects such as
    newspaper stands, large patio furniture and light trailers toppled over, and portions of metal
    roofing torn off mobile homes, sheds and barns.


    New Knoxville, OH
    August 9, 2007

    New Knoxville, OH
    August 9, 2007

    Peebles, OH
    July 15, 2007

    Huber Heights, OH
    January 29, 2008

    New Knoxville, OH
    August 9, 2007

    Eaton, OH
    February 6, 2008

    Wapakoneta, OH
    May 2, 2008

    Wapakoneta, OH
    May 2, 2008

    Beavercreek, OH
    May 31, 2008

    Aberdeen, OH
    June 4, 2008

    Oxford, OH
    June 3, 2008

    Columbus, OH
    June 12, 2008

    Oxford, OH
    June 25, 2008

    Cridersville, OH
    September 14, 2008

    St. Marys, OH
    September 14, 2008

    Dayton, OH
    September 14, 2008

    Russells Point, OH
    September 14, 2008

    Hamilton, OH
    September 14, 2008

    Wilmington, OH
    September 14, 2008
     




    Straight-Line Wind Damage: 70-90 mph

    Winds of this speed are often referred to as hurricane force.  Damage in this category includes
    large healthy trees uprooted or snapped, awnings blown down, sheds and barns significantly
    damaged or destroyed, severe damage to mobile homes, moderate roof damage to homes
    and businesses, power poles and antennas snapped, heavy damage to signs and billboards
    and semi-trailers blown over.

    Wind Damage - Mercer County, OH
    Mercer County, OH
    June 22, 2006
    Wind damage - Lebanon, OH
    Lebanon, OH
    October 24, 2001
    Tornado damage - Xenia, OH
    Castine, OH
    January 29, 2008
    Wind damage - New Marion, IN
    New Marion, IN
    August 10, 2006

    Cottage Grove, IN
    February 6, 2008

    Cottage Grove, IN
    February 6, 2008

    Bellefontaine, OH
    August 20, 2007

    Beavercreek, OH
    May 31, 2008

    Mount Olivet, KY
    June 3, 2008

    Mount Olivet, KY
    June 3, 2008

    Goshen, OH
    June 4, 2008

    Cridersville, OH
    June 9, 2008

    Auglaize County, OH
    June 9, 2008

    Hamilton, OH
    September 14, 2008

    Columbus, OH
    September 14, 2008

    Columbus, OH
    September 14, 2008

    Lockbourne, OH
    September 14, 2008

    Cincinnati, OH
    September 14, 2008

    Cincinnati, OH
    September 14, 2008

    Columbus, OH
    September 14, 2008




    Straight-Line Wind Damage: Over 90 mph

    Straight-line winds of this speed are rare and result in widespread significant damage
    to trees and structures. Damage includes numerous large trees snapped or uprooted, mobile
    homes significantly damaged or destroyed, significant roof damage to well-built homes and
    businesses, windows blown out, garage doors blown in and large signs and power poles
    snapped or toppled.

    The most common cause for wind damage of this magnitude is a severe bow echo.
    Learn about this type of storm by clicking the photo below.

    Wind damage - Mason, OH
    Mason, OH
    September 27, 2003





    EF0 Tornado Damage: 65-85 mph

    This is the lightest of tornado damage, but the most common in the Ohio Valley. 
    Damage in this category is similar to straight-line winds, including large tree
    limbs broken off, small trees uprooted, moderate damage to poorly built structures, and
    light damage to well-built homes and businesses.

    Tornado Damage - Macon, OH
    Macon, OH
    April 26, 2007

    Peach Grove, KY
    June 4, 2008

    Aurora, IN
    June 4, 2008
    Tornado damage - St. Henry, OH
    St. Henry, OH
    September 4, 2006
    Tornado damage - Xenia, OH
    Xenia, OH
    September 20, 2000
         





    EF1 Tornado Damage: 86-110 mph

    Damage in this category includes heavy roof damage to homes and businesses, significant
    damage to mobile homes, poorly-built sheds and barns destroyed, power poles snapped,
    large trees uprooted and large limbs snapped off. 

    Tornado Damage - Peebles, OH
    Peebles, OH
    April 26, 2007
    Tornado Damage - Peebles, OH
    Peebles, OH
    April 26, 2007
    Tornado damage - Andersonville, IN
    Andersonville, IN
    November 24, 2004

    Xenia, OH
    April 3, 1974




    EF2 Tornado Damage: 111-135 mph

    Significant damage occurs to homes and businesses when tornadic winds reach this intensity.
    Damage includes roofs torn off, some exterior walls collapsed, and some homes shifted
    off the foundation. In addition, cars are lifted off the ground, mobile homes are destroyed,
    cell phone towers collapse, and large trees snapped at the base.

    Tornado damage - Circleville, OH
    Circleville, OH
    October 14, 1999

    Xenia, OH
    April 3, 1974

    Xenia, OH
    April 3, 1974




    EF3 Tornado Damage: 136-165 mph

    Damage to homes and businesses is severe, including complete removal of roofs and the collapse
    of most exterior walls, leaving only interior walls standing.  Mobile homes are completely destroyed
    and may be thrown some distance.  Large retail centers may totally collapse.  Trees are
    debarked, trains are overturned and cars are rolled over and may be thrown.  

    Tornado damage - Xenia, OH
    Xenia, OH
    September 20, 2000
    Tornado damage - Xenia, OH
    Xenia, OH
    September 20, 2000
    Tornado damage - Xenia, OH
    Xenia, OH
    September 20, 2000
    Tornado damage - Xenia, OH
    Xenia, OH
    September 20, 2000

    Xenia, OH
    April 3, 1974
         


     

    EF4 Tornado Damage: 166-200 mph

    Well-built homes are totally destroyed and concrete buildings are severely damaged with
    only a few interior walls left standing.  High rise buildings suffer significant damage to
    exterior and interior structure. Cars and trucks are thrown like toys, and objects like sticks and straw
    become missiles.  Trees are stripped of all small branches and bark.    

    Tornado damage - Blue Ash, OH
    Blue Ash, OH
    April 9, 1999
    Tornado damage - Blue Ash, OH
    Blue Ash, OH
    April 9, 1999
    Tornado damage - Xenia, OH
    Xenia, OH
    September 20, 2000

    Xenia, OH
    April 3, 1974


     

    EF5 Tornado Damage: Over 200 mph

    This is the most extreme, and rarest, type of damage.  Homes are completely destroyed
    and swept off their foundations.  Steel-reinforced concrete structures are completely destroyed
     across all or most of the building.  High-rise buildings are significantly damaged beyond repair.

    There has only been one instance of F5 or EF5 damage in Wilmington's warning area:


    Xenia, OH
    April 3, 1974

    Xenia, OH
    April 3, 1974




    Lightning Damage

    Lightning strike - Warren County, OH
    Franklin, OH
    April 11, 2007
    Lightning strike - Warren County, OH
    Franklin, OH
    April 11, 2007



     

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