Half of the confirmed tornadoes this year in Ohio — including two Friday and another Sunday — have touched down in Clark County.
The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-0 tornado touched down in parts of Clark County on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday’s tornado was only on the ground from 3:12 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., but wind speeds reached 70 mph and the maximum path was a little less than three miles.
“It was terrifying. I have never been so scared,” said Stacey Pond, a resident of Rose Garden Mobile Home Park on Upper Valley Pike. “I grabbed my dog and we just dove underneath my bed, because that’s the only thing I knew to do.”
Several mobile homes at the park sustained significant damage from the tornado, weather service officials confirmed. One unoccupied home had its roof ripped off, and the roof was found about 150 feet away. Insulation covered tree lines around the park.
The tornado wiped out part of Pond’s home, but she said she’s grateful the damage wasn’t much worse.
She said she was standing alone on her deck when she noticed the skies darken and felt strong winds. It was at the mobile home park that wind speeds were at their peak speeds.
“I look over here in the field and I see a bunch of debris and I just watched it. It came across the street and into the field,” she said.
Weather service officials said damage from the tornado was first spotted on Fox Hollow Road, where several trees were downed or snapped and sections of fencing were down.
Damage was also reported at Pratt Industries on Baker Road, where two semi trailers were blown over.
At the Eagle City Soccer Complex, soccer nets were blown over and an outstanding building sustained minor damage. Weather service officials said this was the last known location where damage could be determined to be caused by a tornado.
Storm damage was also reported in Northridge in Clark County and County Line Road (both Clark and Champaign counties) but weather service officials determined that those damages were caused by straight lines winds between 60-70 mph.
Bruce and Ruth Townsley live on the Champaign County side of County Line Road. On Monday, they spent time cleaning up the limbs in their yard — but a bigger job they had on their hands was removing a tree that snapped on their car port and replacing their son-in-law’s goat barn roof that was ripped off.
“We get the code red on our phones and I got the code red that there was a tornado warning,” said Bruce Townsley. “It hit and then it was gone.”
Clark County’s four confirmed tornadoes this year is half of the statewide total of eight. Two small tornadoes included in the statewide total churned up the same day in Stark County, a similarity to the pair reported Friday in Clark County.
One of Friday’s twisters was spotted near South Charleston and destroyed a barn, scattering debris over 1,200 feet, according to the National Weather Service. The other near South Vienna, confirmed by video and eyewitness accounts, kept to open fields and caused no direct damage, though the storm system caused other damage to structures in the area.
The first tornado of 2019 in the region spun up Feb. 7 near Pitchen in Clark County determined to be an EF-0 maxing out at 85 mph, according to according to the Enhanced Fujita Scale which measures the strength of a tornado. On the ground for about six minutes, it travelled roughly 7.5 miles before dissipating northwest of South Charleston.