NWS confirms EF1 tornado


By Sarah Hawley - shawley@civitasmedia.com



LANGSVILLE — The National Weather Service in Charleston has confirmed an EF1 tornado on Wednesday morning near Langsville.

According to a statement from the NWS, the tornado occurred at approximately 9:07 a.m. with a maximum wind speed of 100 MPH.

According to a summary provided by the NWS, a line of severe thunderstorms moved through the area on the morning of March 1, with the storm in question being one of several along that line that showed a brief rotational signature on radar.

A survey team observed tree and structural damage at and near the start point. Several trees were snapped above 10 feet high and felled in directions ranging from east-northeast to north.

Additionally, a small aluminum shed was ripped off its wooden foundation and blown only a few feet to the northeast, but was mangled. A porch was ripped off a house, blown over the house and landed just on the other side, to the northeast. The porch roof appeared to be integrated with the house roof, but it was not securely mounted at the base of the metal columns. The roof was torn off a large barn with four apparently open bays facing west, and the two side walls were collapsed. The aluminum roof debris was blown in directions ranging from the north to northeast, some as far as 200 yards.

Several hardwood trees were found snapped high near the endpoint, and these were felled in directions ranging from the northeast to northwest, one had fallen to the west.

The maximum path width was 300 yards, traveling for a length of 0.6 miles in the Dexter Road area near Langsville.

There were no fatalities or injuries reported.

The tornado in Meigs County was one of seven reported in Ohio as part of the March 1 storms.

Other EF1 tornadoes were reported in Amelia, Waverly/Pike County,and New Market. EF0 tornadoes were reported in Anderson Twp., Leesburg and Greenfield.

The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories:

  • EF0 — wind speeds 65 to 85 mph.
  • EF1 — wind speeds 86 to 110 mph.
  • EF2 — wind speeds 111 to 135 mph.
  • EF3 — wind speeds 136 to 165 mph.
  • EF4 — wind speeds 166 to 200 mph.
  • EF5 — wind speeds greater than 200 mph.

Prior to this storm system, the last confirmed tornado in Meigs County was an EF3 tornado in the Reedsville area in Sept. 2010. Thirty-one homes on Eden Ridge Road and Ohio 124 were destroyed, and as many as 30 more were seriously damaged in that storm.

By Sarah Hawley

shawley@civitasmedia.com