EMA Surveys Tornado Damage

by Josh Overholser on August 12, 2014 at 7:07 am

A day after one confirmed tornado and a second possible tornado passed through southeast Ohio, the local EMA is surveying what all happened.

Muskingum County EMA Director Bo Keck traveled to Short Road near Frazeysburg Tuesday morning to take a look at some of the damage that affected crops and one home in the area.

"If everything were just laying straight over, it’d be a straight-line wind, but these crops and the corn and everything were all laying different directions in a swirl type direction," Keck said. "And the same with the stuff up around his house. Things were all different ways, not all straight as a straight-line wind would do. So there’s no doubt in my mind, and the National Weather Service confirmed, it was a tornado. It was an EF0 which means winds were probably around 70 or so miles an hour."

That twister touched down around 3:00 p.m.  We also received video of what looks like another tornado near the airport around 1:00 p.m. Monday, but there’s been no confirmation of that and no reports of damage. Keck said you always need to keep an eye on the sky because many of these storms can pop up quickly with little to no warning.

"This storm went just below Frazeysburg and just above Dresden," Keck said. "So very good that they set the sirens. If it had changed path just a little way, it could have hit one of those villages. And again, they’re so unpredictable, you don’t know what they’re going to do. "

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