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September 26-27, 2003
Severe Weather and Darke County Tornado

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH
735 PM EDT SAT SEP 27 2003

...WARREN COUNTY DAMAGE SURVEY FOR STORMS THAT OCCURRED EARLY
SATURDAY MORNING...

A STORM MOVED THROUGH BUTLER COUNTY AND INTO WARREN COUNTY IN
SOUTHWEST OHIO BETWEEN 100 AM AND 130 AM THIS MORNING. THIS STORM
MOVED ACROSS WARREN COUNTY BETWEEN 135 AM AND 200 AM. NO DEATHS OR
INJURIES WERE REPORTED WITH THIS STORM.

THE FIRST DAMAGE OCCURRED BETWEEN 135 AM AND 145 AM. THE PRIMARY
DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG A PATH FROM MASON...NORTHEAST THROUGH THE KINGS
ISLAND AREA...TO SOUTH LEBANON AND THEN NORTHEAST THROUGH TURTLE
CREEK TOWNSHIP TO NEAR INTERSTATE 71. THE DAMAGE PATH WAS RELATIVELY
NARROW...BUT BECOMING MORE BROAD IN SOUTH LEBANON. THE HARDEST HIT
AREAS ALONG THIS PATH INCLUDED A BUILDING ON MASON-MONTGOMERY ROAD IN
MASON...KINGS HIGH SCHOOL...SOUTH LEBANON AND AN AREA NORTHEAST OF
SOUTH LEBANON WHERE NUMEROUS TREES WERE DOWN AND SOME PROPERTY DAMAGE
OCCURRED.

ALL THE DAMAGE SURVEYED APPEARED CONSISTENT WITH STRAIGHT-LINE OR
DOWNBURST DAMAGE. IN SOME AREAS THE STORM PRODUCED WINDS ESTIMATED AT
75 TO 80 MPH...AND IN ISOLATED LOCATIONS ESTIMATED WINDS OVER 100
MPH WERE NOTED.


...DARKE COUNTY DAMAGE SURVEY FOR STORMS THAT OCCURRED FRIDAY
NIGHT...

A DAMAGE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN DARKE COUNTY TODAY. THE DAMAGE
SURVEYED INDICATED A WEAK TORNADO OCCURRED AT ABOUT 11 PM.
THE BRIEF TOUCH DOWN OCCURRED JUST SOUTHWEST OF BURKETTSVILLE. THE
PATH LENGTH WAS 3/4 OF A MILE AND THE PATH WIDTH WAS 100 TO 150 FEET.
THE TORNADO WAS ESTIMATED TO BE A F1 TORNADO WITH WINDS BETWEEN 73
AND 112 MPH. NO DEATHS OR INJURIES OCCURRED. ONE BARN ROOF WAS BLOWN
OFF AND ONE BARN WAS DESTROYED. TWO SILOS WERE DAMAGED AS WELL.


...SHELBY COUNTY DAMAGE SURVEY FOR STORMS THAT OCCURRED LATE
FRIDAY NIGHT...

A DAMAGE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN SHELBY COUNTY TODAY. THE DAMAGE
SURVEY INDICATED THAT THE STORM PRODUCED STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE
IN SALEM TOWNSHIP...SEVERAL MILES NORTHEAST OF SIDNEY. DAMAGE FROM
THE STORM OCCURRED AT APPROXIMATELY 1135 PM. SEVERAL HOMES SUSTAINED
MINOR DAMAGE AND ONE SUSTAINED MAJOR DAMAGE. NUMEROUS TREES WERE
DOWNED AND UPROOTED. WINDS WITH THE STORM WERE ESTIMATED AT 100 TO
120 MPH.

$$


PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH 0541 AM EDT SUN SEP 28 2003 TIME(EDT) .....CITY LOCATION.....STATE ...EVENT/REMARKS... ....COUNTY LOCATION.... 0830 PM COUNTYWIDE OH WIND DAMAGE 09/26/03 MIAMI TREES DOWN 1125 PM UNION CITY OH WIND DAMAGE 09/26/03 DARKE LINES WERE BLOWN DOWN IN THE NORTHERN AND WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY. OUTBUILDINGS WERE BLOWN OVER IN UNION CITY. REPORTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. 1150 PM 3 NNW PORT JEFFERSON OH WIND DAMAGE 09/26/03 SHELBY HOUSE BLOWN OFF ITS FOUNDATION. LARGE PIECES OF A BARN WERE EMBEDDED IN THE GROUND. REPORTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. 1203 AM MT ORAB OH .50 INCH HAIL 09/27/03 BROWN REPORTED BY TRAINED SPOTTER. 1207 AM ANNA OH WIND DAMAGE 09/27/03 SHELBY A LARGE TREE WAS BLOWN DOWN. SEVERAL POWER LINES ARE DOWN.REPORTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. 1210 AM COUNTYWIDE OH WIND DAMAGE 09/27/03 LOGAN TREES DOWN 0130 AM HILLIARD OH DOWNBURST 09/27/03 FRANKLIN TREES REPORTED DOWN ON WEST SIDE OF CITY. 0135 AM MASON OH DOWNBURST 09/27/03 WARREN TREES AND POWER LINES REPORTED DOWN FROM MASON TO SOUTH LEBANON. 0137 AM SOUTH LEBANON OH WIND DAMAGE 09/27/03 WARREN TREES AND POWERLINES BLOWN DOWN. EVENT OCCURRED IN TURTLE CREEK TOWNSHIP...LEBANON...AND MASON.REPORTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. 0300 AM DUBLIN OH FLOOD 09/27/03 FRANKLIN HIGH WATER ON SAWMILL ROAD 0300 AM POWELL OH FLOOD 09/27/03 DELAWARE HIGH WATER REPORTED ON AREA ROADS. 0300 AM COUNTYWIDE OH FLOOD 09/27/03 DELAWARE HIGH WATER ON ROADSREPORTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. $$

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