Tornado Warning Issued for Northern Ohio

tornadoOn Tuesday, the National Weather Service office in Cleveland, Ohio, issued a tornado warning for north central Ohio in the southern part of Knox County. The warning is issued through 2:45 p.m. EST. Residents are urged to make action to take cover.

At 1:57 p.m., Doppler radar tracked a severe thunderstorm with conditions that have the possibility of forming a tornado vortex. The storm is currently 10 miles southwest of Mount Vernon and moving east at 70 miles per hour.

The NWS has alerted residents that hazards in the area will include vortex-like winds and hail 0.5 inches in diameter, about the size of a quarter. Radar indicated the possible creation of a vortex signature which could form into a full funnel cloud. Winds speeds in the area are measuring around 50 miles per hour. Rainfall in the hardest hit areas exceeded 53 dBZ a few minutes ago.

Tornado-force winds could be possible in some areas. Residents are asked to stay inside their homes and enter into the interior of the home for better safety. The NWS will continue to monitor the storm for further updates.

By Alex Lemieux

Sources:

The Weather Channel: Tornado Warning for Knox County, OH

Weather Underground: Cleveland Radar NEXRAD Station CLE

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