EMA investigates tornado report in Ohio

A barn was destroyed and thrown across the 1800 block of Rangeline Road in Pleasant Hill during Wednesday night’s storms.

PLEASANT HILL, Ohio (WDTN) —  The Miami County Emergency Management Agency said an investigation of a tornado that touched down in Ohio was determined to just be damage caused by strong winds.

The Emergency Management Agency was called out to the site of possible tornado damage on Wednesday morning. EMA said the determination that the damage was not caused by a tornado was decided after conferring with the National Weather Service.

A barn was destroyed and thrown across the 1800 block of Rangeline Road in Pleasant Hill during Wednesday night’s storms.

“The wind was coming from the west,” said Hamadou Sinpara. “It hit it. Everything was falling apart. Objects flying everywhere.”

Pieces of the barn could be seen thrown into the home, across the street and almost hitting a neighboring home.

“Upon our arrival, we saw some scattered debris from a 40-by-60 pole barn,” said Lt. Nick Skinner with the Pleasant Hill Fire Department. “There’s damage to some machinery and minor damage to other houses. Nobody was hurt.”

It was a small part of the damage left behind parts of Miami County after Wednesday’s storm.

County workers immediately began cleaning up power lines and trees which were down on the roads.

A Newton Township Trustee, who helped put up road closures, said the tornado sirens were loud and clear during the warning.

“I was stuck in Kohl’s in the back bathroom,” said Stan Fessler, a Newton Township Trustee. “They corralled a bunch of people to the back and sirens were going off.”

Back at the site of one of the hardest hit spots in Miami County, a family was thankful they were unharmed in the storm.

They are waiting to see if it was possibly a tornado which touched down right by their home.

“I’ve never seen nothing like this before,” said Sinpara. “I’ve seen it on the TV but I didn’t know I would be victim of it. I’m pretty blessed my family is okay.”

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