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May 25-26, 2011
Tornado in Liberty Township, OH

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH
552 PM EDT THU MAY 26 2011

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR LIBERTY TOWNSHIP IN BUTLER COUNTY OHIO...

LOCATION...LIBERTY TOWNSHIP IN BUTLER COUNTY OHIO
DATE...MAY 26 2011
ESTIMATED TIME...12:30 AM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...105 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...100 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...2.5 MILES
MILES BEGINNING LAT/LON...39.38 / 84.41W 
ENDING LAT/LON...39.40 /84.37W
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON OH HAS CONFIRMED A
TORNADO NEAR LIBERTY TOWNSHIP IN BUTLER COUNTY OHIO ON MAY 26 2011.

A HIGH END EF1 TORNADO PATH WAS SURVEYED IN LIBERTY TOWNSHIP...
JUST NORTH OF HIGHWAY 129 IN SOUTHEAST BUTLER COUNTY. THE MOST
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED IN THE GLEN HOLLOW AND HOLLOW RIDGE
DRIVE AREAS JUST NORTH OF HIGHWAY 129...WHERE AN ENTIRE ROOF WAS
LIFTED OFF A TWO STORY HOME. THE INTERIOR WALLS WERE INTACT...AND
MUCH OF THE INTERIOR FURNITURE AND ITEMS IN THE ROOMS WERE INTACT.
EXTERIOR WALLS DID COLLAPSE. THE ROOF OF THE HOME WAS CARRIED
ROUGHLY 200 YARDS AWAY. THIS DAMAGE IS CONSISTENT WITH WINDS IN
THE 95 TO 105 MPH RANGE.

SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE ALSO OCCURRED ON AT LEAST ONE ADDITIONAL
HOME ON GLEN HOLLOW DRIVE. ADDITIONALLY...ONE MID SIZED SEDAN WAS
FLIPPED OVER...WHILE ANOTHER VEHICLE WAS SHIFTED FROM ITS
POSITION. ON THE CORNER OF GLEN HOLLOW AND HOLLOW RIDGE
DRIVES...A HOME HAD A LARGE SECTION OF ITS ROOF LIFTED AND SHIFTED
OFF THE MAIN STRUCTURE. 

THE AREA ABOVE DESCRIBES THE EXTENT OF THE EF1 LEVEL DAMAGE. 

THE TORNADO WEAKENED SOMEWHAT TO PRODUCE DAMAGE MORE CONSISTENT
WITH HIGH END EF0 DAMAGE AS IT FOLLOWED IN A NORTHEAST DIRECTION.
NUMEROUS LARGE HARDWOOD TREES WERE EITHER SNAPPED OR HAD LARGE
BRANCHES BROKEN. THERE WERE ALSO SEVERAL HOMES WITH MORE MINOR
ROOF AND SIDING DAMAGE...AS WELL AS BROKEN WINDOWS. THIS TYPE OF
DAMAGE EXTENDED NORTHEAST TO THE HOLLOWAY DRIVE AND PENNY LANE
AREAS NORTHWEST OF THE INTERSECTION OF PRINCETON AND YANKEE ROADS.
DAMAGE IN THIS AREA INCLUDED SEVERAL LARGE TREES SNAPPED...AS WELL
AS ROOF...SHUTTER AND SIDING DAMAGE. THIS DAMAGE WAS ESTIMATED TO
HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY WINDS IN THE 80 TO 85 MPH RANGE.

FURTHER NORTHEAST ALONG THE 6200 BLOCK OF YANKEE ROAD...ONE HOME
HAD A LARGE SECTION OF ROOF DAMAGE...WITH A NEARBY HOME SUSTAINING
A PARTIAL PORCH ROOF COLLAPSE. NUMEROUS LARGE TREES WERE SNAPPED
OR HAD LARGE BRANCHES SNAPPED IN THIS AREA. 

THE TORNDADIC DAMAGE ENDED JUST NORTH OF MILIKIN ROAD...BETWEEN
YANKEE ROAD AND CINCINNATI-DAYTON ROAD. NUMEROUS TREES WERE
SNAPPED OR LARGE BRANCHES BROKEN...AS WELL AS POWER POLES SNAPPED
AND ROOF AND SIDING DAMAGE ON HOMES. 

ADDITIONAL STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE WAS FOUND BETWEEN HAMILTON
MASON ROAD AND ROUTE 129...IN THE GREENBRIER SUBDIVISION. THIS
DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH WIND SPEEDS IN THE 70 TO 75 MPH
RANGE...AND INCLUDED MINOR DAMAGE TO ROOFS AND SIDING...AS WELL AS
DAMAGE TO TREES. FURTHER NORTHEAST...TREE DAMAGE WAS ALSO OBSERVED
ALONG INTERSTATE 75 NEAR THE KYLES STATION ROAD OVERPASS.

FOR REFERENCE...THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO
THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.

$$

JDR
Radar Imagery:

KILN 0.5° Z -- 12:28 AM KILN 0.5° SRM -- 12:28 AM
TCVG 0.1° Z -- 12:28 AM TCVG 0.1° SRM -- 12:28 AM

These radar images show the circulation associated with the tornado in Liberty Township, Ohio. The tornado developed rapidly along an appendage at the leading edge of the squall line. This was at the location of an intersection with an outflow boundary, which had developed as a result of the supercell thunderstorms earlier that evening.



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