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While much of the Midwest was ravaged by dozens of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, Scioto County — per reporting Sunday evening — was mostly spared heavy damage from the passing line of unusual November storms.
Earlier in the day the National Weather Service (NWS) and Scioto County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) warned that evening storms would bring winds as high as 60 to 70 miles per hour. However, much of the energy in the storm had tapered off before reaching the area.
“Scioto County may have been blessed again with severe weather dying down some before it reaches here. A deadly squall line that spawned tornadoes in three states and traveled nearly 500 miles began to die down as it approached Scioto County,” Kim Carver of the Scioto County EMA said. “(The) NWS issued Tornado Warnings as close as Brown, Highland and Ross counties, but wind gust locally were under 60 miles per hour here.”
There were also no reports of significant damage in Adams, Pike, Lawrence or Jackson counties. A NWS spotter in Pike County reported downed power lines in Beaver and law enforcement in Adams County reported trees down in Peebles and West Union.
“Some out-building damage and a few trees were downed and spotty power outages were caused as a result of the gusty showers that moved through,” Carver said. “However, once again we were lucky and escaped the brunt of a storm that was tracked all day long by forecasters and wreaked havoc on other communities. Folks can be thankful we escaped again with minor damage.”
The only Scioto County storm damage report came from a trained NWS spotter who said a metal shed in Otway had been destroyed.
Late Sunday evening several hundred American Electric Power Ohio costumers in Pike, Scioto, Lawrence and Jackson counties were without service.
Carver and the NWS warned that a Wind Advisory would remain for the area until midnight with wind gusts to the southwest between 15 and 25 miles per hour. The NWS said the impact of the remaining winds could be scattered tree and power line damage.
The worst of the storm system’s damage landed in Indiana and more severely in Illinois.
The Associated Press reported at least six Illinois deaths as a result of tornadoes that ripped off roofs and uprooted trees. The worst hit area in Illinois was the town of Washington on the western side of the state. Even an NFL game in Chicago was temporarily suspended to let the system pass through safely.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence said 12 counties in his state reported tornado and storm damage.
In Ohio, the AP reported two people in Wood County were hospitalized for minor injuries after a home they occupied was damaged by the storms. Thousands around the state have been left without power in the wake of the storms. The NWS confirmed two tornadoes touched down in northwest Ohio Sunday evening.
Bob Strickley can be reached at 353-3101, ext. 296, or firstname.lastname@example.org. For breaking news, follow Bob on Twitter @rjstrickleyjr. Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report.