By Frank Lewis
In a statement Thursday afternoon the National Weather Services confirmed that at EF0 tornado touched down in Scioto County on Wednesday.
According to a released statement from the Nation Weather Service,”We have confirmed a second tornado occurred June 4th. This tornado, an EF0 with winds to 80 mph, touched down in southwest Scioto County near Buena Vista (in the Shawnee State Forest area).
The tornado first touched down along Upper Twin Creek-Rocky Fork Road about one mile north of U.S. 52. The tornado traveled east, Northeast along Upper Twin Creek-Rocky Fork Road for about a mile before lifting.
Damage primarily consisted of numerous downed branches and trees along Upper Twin Creek Road. Including several large hardwood trees that were completely uprooted. Some minor siding and roof damage occurred to several residences along the path with more significant damage to some outbuildings. The damage was consistent with an EF0 tornado with maximum winds of 80 MPH.”
At different times over a period of several hours on Wednesday some 500 residences in the area were without power during a series of storms. The event began shortly before the noon hour Wednesday with tornado warnings for the southern half of the county and ended with flash flood warnings for later rounds of storms that moved through off and on from afternoon until 9 p.m. Wednesday evening. By Thursday morning AEP Ohio was showing no power outages remaining in the area.
Scioto County Emergency Management Agency Director Kim Carver said additional funnel clouds were reported along the Ohio River near Friendship and Portsmouth and Wheelersburg. Carver said no touch downs were reported from the sightings.
More than two dozen trees were downed across the county, two tree downings impacted vehicles. One in Porter Township and another in Bloom Township. An empty house caught fire in Lucasville and a vehicle caught fire in Portsmouth at Hillview Retirement Center as side bars to the storm response by fire departments. There were several automobile accidents from the heavy rain events as well.
The Emergency Operations Center weather station and spotters reported two inches of rain through 7 p.m. with additional heavy rain from individual storm cells up until 9 p.m. bringing storm totals on average of 3-4 inches across Scioto County posing localized minor flooding issues.
Carver said anyone aware of additional damage should respond to the EMA office by email with specifics so they can add the information to their storm reports.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.