REPORTS: Tornadoes Strike Ohio Valley; Flooding Downpours Inundate South
May 15, 2014; 2:20 AM
Update at 10:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday: This blog is no longer live, as the threat for severe weather has diminished. However, some thunderstorms still continue from the Ohio Valley into the South. Detailed reports of the event can be found below.
Another round of powerful storms barreled across parts of the South and Ohio Valley on Wednesday.
A reported tornado touched down at Cedarville, Ohio, where seven people had to be helped from the homes that were destroyed by the twister, WHIO-TV reported.
No injuries were reported. A survey team from the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio, was to inspect the damage on Thursday.
Hail the size of softballs was reported in Ohio.
Electricity went out for thousands in Ohio and West Virginia as a result of the storms.
In the South, wind damage, downed trees and power lines were reported on Wednesday evening in Hall, Habersham, Forsyth, Dawson and Monroe counties in Georgia.
UPDATES: (All times are listed in EDT)
10:02 p.m. EDT Wednesday: More than 1,600 West Virginia electric customers without service, utilities report.
9:25 p.m. Wednesday EDT: Near golf ball sized hail reported in Deerfield, Portage County, Ohio, reports 911 call center.
9:07 p.m. Wednesday EDT: Wind damage, downed trees and power lines reported in Hall, Habersham, Forsyth, Dawson and Monroe counties in Georgia, according to 911 call center reports.
8:40 p.m. Wednesday EDT: More than 2,300 FirstEnergy Co. customers currently without power in Ohio, according to the utility's report.
8:20 p.m. Wednesday EDT: Storm heading toward North Canton, Stark County, Ohio.
7:44 p.m. Wednesday EDT:
- Mark Biddinger (@MarkBiddinger) May 14, 2014
7:21 p.m. Wednesday EDT:Softball sized hail reported near Latham, Pike County, Ohio, according to county fire department and rescue.
6:40 p.m. Wednesday EDT: Watch the 7 p.m. EDT edition of AccuWeather LIVE for the latest updated on the storms. See video below:
6:28 p.m. Wednesday EDT: NWS has confirmed a tornado touched down 2 miles south of Cedarville, Greene County, Ohio, at 6:05 p.m. EDT.
5:54 p.m. Wednesday EDT: Flooding reported in Hazel, Kentucky, and across 11 roads in Calloway County, according to local law enforcement.
5:32 p.m. Wednesday EDT: Weak tornado was on the ground for about 5 minutes near Kilpatrick Lake, Box Butte County, Nebraska, reports NWS.
5:30 p.m. Wednesday EDT: Storms near Smithville, Wayne County, Ohio.
5:14 p.m. Wednesday EDT: Hail 2 inches in diameter reported 7 miles southeast of Peebles, Adams County, OH, reports NWS trained spotter.
4:48 p.m. Wednesday EDT: Hail ranging between the size of pennies to golf balls reported near Franklin, Ohio, according to NWS trained spotter.
3:10 p.m. Wednesday EDT: Multiple storms now in central OH are capable of producing a tornado, from the Ohio River to the shores of Lake Erie.