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Several tornadoes land in Dayton, Ohio, causing catastrophic damage

Several tornadoes land in Dayton, Ohio, causing catastrophic damage

Updated at 7:33 a.m. ET


Several tornadoes landed in heavily populated areas around Dayton, Ohio, and in surrounding communities on Monday night, causing catastrophic damage. The city is currently under a boiling water warning. And while the storms devastated dozens of buildings and trees, only minor injuries were reported, authorities said Tuesday morning.

"Last night, around 11:30, the tornadoes hit the Dayton area," said Dayton Fire Chief Jeffrey Payne. "However, we still have to find a fatality, and we have had three minor injuries, I find it quite miraculous."

Those with injuries included people who had been taken from severely damaged buildings, Payne said. He gave credit to the early warning system that informed residents of an imminent dangerous tornado system.

The National Weather Service sent urgent bulletins overnight, warning that dangerous tornadoes were harming people and damaging their way of staying.

Tornadoes were reported in Mercer, Darke, Miami, and Montgomery counties. Search and rescue teams are now combing the area, including teams and "live" dogs that help find victims of the powerful storm, authorities said.

Many areas of Dayton were hit hard, fire officials said, along with the nearby areas of Troy and Stanley. In addition to the trees and power lines, the tornadoes took off the roofs of houses, toppled the walls of businesses and tore down roofs.

"Debris is rising in the air from a tornado south of Circleville, Ohio," wrote the NWS just after 1 a.m. ET
 Multiple buildings have collapsed and at least one house has been cut in half, said KOCO meteorologist Michael Armstrong on Twitter. 
Reports of gas leaks arrived throughout the night, firefighters said Tuesday, adding that with the start of a new day, new risks could arise when people turn on their appliances.
 Due to the widespread blackouts, the City of Dayton is asking residents throughout Montgomery County to conserve water. "We have lost energy both in the plants and in the pumping stations," officials said on Twitter. Those plants will depend on the power of the generator.

The last major storm that hit Dayton occurred in 2008 when Hurricane Ike hit the city in a blackout for about a week. But in that case, the water supply was not affected, officials said Tuesday.
Even before the tornadoes struck, a previous storm had already broken out in the Miami Valley and left tens of thousands of residents without power. Dayton Power and Light reported that more than 64,000 customers had no electricity at 2:00 a.m. At 7:30 a.m., that figure was reduced to 55,000 of the 520,000 customers of the utility company.

The NWS office in Wilmington, Ohio, estimated that at the worst time, storms and tornadoes left some 5 million people without electricity.

In some heavily affected neighborhoods, people were trapped in collapsed buildings, the NWS reported. Firefighters and emergency medical technicians are having difficulty getting to emergency locations due to debris in the streets and fallen cables. 
The photos were taken by The Dayton Daily News Show, with the roof collapsed by the fall or near piles of wood from a destroyed house. Another shows a two-story house, remnants of commercial buildings, whose bricks or walls of concrete blocks have also been represented.

The city of Celina, northwest of Dayton, was particularly affected. The police are asking people to avoid driving in the city due to electrical cables and severe damage.

Local school districts have canceled classes after suffering damage to school buildings.

Emergency crews are still working on an accumulation of calls, Payne said. He added that the regional task force teams were activated to help, the crews of Cincinnati and other cities. 

Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck said that "due to an overwhelming number of calls, the public should not call 911 unless sparks strike or someone is injured or in immediate danger," WDTN 2 News reported.


The Ohio Department of Transportation is asking the local population to avoid I-75, which is blocked by debris. The photos posted on Twitter by ODOT show snow plows trying to clean trees fallen from Interstate 75 north of Dayton. "Please avoid this area as we work to clear the interstate highway after the storm," the department wrote.
The alleged tornadoes also left the destruction in the city of Pendleton, Indiana, about 100 miles west of Dayton.

NWS forecaster David Roth told NPR that violent weather is also an unusual pattern that has also brought flood concerns to Arkansas and Oklahoma, where a tornado in El Reno left two people dead on Saturday. Roth said it can take up to a week for the weather pattern to change and return to calmer conditions.

Tornado warnings and severe thunderstorms remain in effect.

The journalist of the WYSO April Laissle

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