Authorities have confirmed a tornado touched down in Seneca County Wednesday.
Dan Stahl, the county's Emergency Management Agency director, said National Weather Service assessed the area in Reed Township and determined there was a weak EF1 tornado. The weather service determined it touched down, he said.
"It had some damage out there," he said.
According to a National Weather Service statement Stahl provided, tornadoes were confirmed in Seneca, Huron and Sandusky counties Wednesday. The statement contained preliminary information that was subject to change.
The tornado in Reed Township was estimated to have occurred at 2:24 p.m. and was labeled an EF1 with an estimated maximum wind speed of 90 mph and maximum path width of 50 yards. Its path length was slightly more than 10 miles.
The initial touch downs were near CR 27 and TR 122.
According to the weather service, several barns lost sections of roofing, a second-story wall partially collapsed on a home and an attached garage was lifted from its foundation. Evidence of extensive straight-line wind damage was noted.
Stahl said officials are doing preliminary damage assessment to find out what was damaged and need to get the information compiled and submitted to Ohio EMA.
"We worked on that this afternoon," he said.
Stahl said Community Emergency Response Team is trained in damage assessment and will be back out this morning and this afternoon if the work is not completed in the morning.
Officials are going to have the information in case a funding opportunity arises, he said.The situation is an emergency, he said.
"We got hit real hard," he said.
A tornado in Bellevue was estimated to be at 3:13 p.m. and was ranked an EF0 tornado with an estimated maximum wind speed of 75 mph and maximum path width of 50 yards. Its path length was 0.9 miles, according to the statement.
National Weather Service's statement indicated the initial touchdown occurred along Flat Rock Road, north of Kilbourne Street. Evidence of strong downburst winds in the city and throughout surrounding areas was noted.
According to the statement, nearly every street in the city had downed trees and power lines.