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National Weather Service confirms Ashland County tornado
EMA director says tornado at tree top height, lasted 10 minutes
Story by GRACE MURRAY


 
In The Region:

The National Weather Service has confirmed the touch down of a tornado yesterday afternoon in eastern Ashland County.

Rowsburg residents experienced a tornado with winds that topped out at 75 miles per hour and followed a mile-long path.

Emergency Management Director Mark Rafeld says, for the most part, people are doing OK, but they’re just beginning to assess damages.

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"It did significant tree damage and crop damage, along with a couple of structural issues," Rafeld says. "We had a barn collapse with 34 heifers in it, of which all but five of those were rescued. We had some tornadic activity in the metropolis of Rowsburg which dropped some very large trees, one of which landed on a home – destroying the garage and doing other significant damage."

In addition to tornado damage, the county handling widespread flooding that has closed roads throughout the region.

Rafeld says if you come across standing water, “turn around, don’t drown.” 

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