CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – The National Weather Service in Cleveland has confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down in Canfield on Tuesday afternoon.
So why did the tornado siren not sound?
The National Weather Service said there was not enough conclusive evidence for them to sound the sirens when a severe storm moved through Canfield. Luckily, nobody was injured as a result.
The NWS sent representatives to the area to assess the damage following Tuesday’s storm. The NWS said there were 10 structures with moderate damage and determined an EF-1 tornado went through between 2 p.m. and 2:20 p.m.
And on Tuesday evening, the cleanup process began.
“Oh my God, it was unbelievable,” said Gina Shutrump, whose house was damaged by the storm.
“The house, you could literally feel it shaking,” said Bill Tomory, whose house also was damaged.
Our team of meteorologists was tracking the storms as they moved through the area. The storms that moved through Canfield had the signature hook echo, which usually is a good indicator of a tornado.
But, it still wasn’t enough for the National Weather Service to issue any type of warning.
“Should people be concerned that no warning was issued, there were homes damaged with this? Well, there is always that concern that we could have damage and we were not able to put a warning out, but those are some of the things we will have to work on,” Bill Comeaux of the National Weather Service said.
People living in the damaged areas said they didn’t have any time to get to shelter.
“After about 30 seconds, everything was done and there was a big tree laying on our roof,” Tomory said.
At least 10 houses have minor to moderate damage. The tornado , which had winds upwards of 90 mph, was on the ground for about four to five miles.
“Just bizarre. It changed the whole look of our neighborhood, of our yard,” Tomory said.
Canfield Police Chief Chuck Colucci said he was worried about the residents.
“You’re driving down the road, everything is fine and normal. And then downed trees, trees across homes, people out in their front yards and the first thing you think of is everybody ok,” Colucci said.
But residents said they are glad they are still able to count their blessings.
“Just as long as nobody got hurt. That’s the main thing,” Duane Wilson said.
Comeaux said the National Weather Service would look into why a warning was not issued on Tuesday and he would have the weather service’s top scientist look into it as well.
Also, the same system that turned tornadic in Canfield swept through Ellsworth just minutes earlier, ripping the siding and insulation off part of a house on U.S. Route 224.
The Ohio Department of Insurance has resources available for homeowners who sustained damage in Tuesday’s storms.