One year ago today: Tornado shreds through South Charleston

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Clark Co. residents still dealing with aftermath of last week's tornado

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of a tornado that tore through Clark County and the 45th anniversary of a Xenia tornado.

On April 3, 2018, an EF-1 tornado with winds of 90-mph swept across the area, damaging several properties along the way.

The tornado touched down three miles west and northwest of Selma and southwest of South Charleston, according to the National Weather Service.

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“An eyewitness report confirmed the presence of a tornado in this vicinity. The tornado is believed to have ended shortly after as no additional damage was observed further east along Clifton Road and within South Charleston,” an NWS Public Information Statement statement says.

The tornado hit during a three-minute period (4:56 to 4:59 p.m.), cutting a path of 4.3 miles. There were no injuries reported.

The first visual sign of damage was seen on Cortsville Road.

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A barn, which was owned by resident Ryan Barclay, was destroyed, leaving debris strewn across his yard. The barn was was built to replace one destroyed by the 1974 Xenia tornado. An adjacent barn was left standing.

Barclay estimated the total damage to his properties to be about $50,000.

A huge pine tree was thrown into the yard of Angie and Larry Yoakum. The Yoakums said their home’s roof, shingles and siding were also damaged by the storm.

Greene County farmer Randy Rife said his farm at 2423 Clifton Road lost a porch, grain bins, barns, three ewes and two lambs in an early April tornado. STAFF PHOTO
Greene County farmer Randy Rife said his farm at 2423 Clifton Road lost a porch, grain bins, barns, three ewes and two lambs in an early April tornado. STAFF PHOTO

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The tornado also caused heavy damage to another farm in the area with metal and piles of loose bricks thrown across the property and into the road.

Three ewes and one lamb were killed during the tornado.

Members of Xenia High School Future Farmers of America helped clean up debris left by the storm.