The National Weather Service has upped the number of confirmed tornadoes that touched down in Ohio this week from five to nine.
The nine short-lived twisters dropped to the ground during the violent thunderstorms that moved across the state June 12-13 prompting two dozen tornado warnings.
The NWS out of Northern Indiana says four of the tornadoes were spawned amid"downburst clusters" throughout Henry County on Thursday night. The twisters came down nearly simultaneously beginning just before midnight.
Two of the Henry County tornadoes were rated as an EF0 with maximum wind speeds of 80 mph. The other two were rated as EF1 with max wind speeds of 95 mph. The tornadoes touched down in Hamler (EF1), Malinta (EF0 & EF1) and New Bavaria (EF0). All were on the ground for 50 yards or less.
One house and several barns were damaged or destroyed by the tornadoes in Henry County. The worst damage coming in Malinta where an EF1 twister drove a beam from a barn straight into the side ofa house. Trees were also reported uprooted and snapped off in the storms.
Also today, the NWS Officei in Wilmington confirmed an EF0 tornado touched down near Radnor in Delware County. The twister was 50 yards wide and stayed on the ground for a quarter mile with top wind speeds of 85 mph.
Tornadoes confirmed previously on Thursday (6/13)
The NWS Office in Northern Indiana confirmed anEF0 tornado with a maximum wind speed of 80 m.p.h. touched down in Van Wert County just before 11:30 p.m. in Willshire. The twister was on the ground for about 80 yards cutting a path from Green Street to Williams Street to SR 49.
The National Weather Service (NWS) Office in Cleveland confirmed an EF0 tornado touched down in Wood County one mile west of Custar at 12:25 a.m.
That storm had estimated winds of 80 m.p.h. and was on the ground about a mile. The storm caused minor damage to the roofs of two homes and garage and uprooted one tree. Several other downed trees were also observed around the village of Custar.
The Wilmington, Ohio, office of the NWS confirmed an EF0 tornado near Rockford in Mercer County which sits on the Indiana border. The NWS says the tornado touched three miles northwest of Rockford around 11:35 p.m.
The Wilmington office also says a survey of damage in Auglaize County has led it to confirm another EF0 tornado touchdown near the new New Knoxville Airport just after midnight.
The NWS says more details will be released on the storms as field crews complete their work. It says preliminary estimates could change including an assessment of a suspected tornado in Prospect in Marion County as well.