EF-2 Tornado confirmed in Crawford County

National Weather Service gives a moment by moment account of the storm as it moved through the county

By Russ Kent

This is a fascinating (yet, not very technical) play-by play-of Monday night’s tornado. All of this information is courtesy of the National Weather Service.

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Cleveland OH
834 PM EDT Tue Sep 5 2017


Location…West of North Robinson in Crawford County Ohio to north of Mansfield in Richland County Ohio
Date…September 4, 2017
Estimated Time…1042 PM EDT to 1102 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating…EF-2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed…130 MPH
Maximum Path Width…Est. 400 yards
Path Length…Around 16.9 miles

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in NWS Storm Data.

The National Weather Service in Cleveland OH has confirmed a tornado that touched down near North Robinson in Crawford County Ohio on September 4, 2017.

Evidence of the tornado touchdown was found just west of Olentangy Road in a corn field, roughly 0.75 miles west of North Robinson.
The tornado tracked eastward and hit the northern part of North Robinson, where extensive tree and structural damage was found.
Several garages were completely destroyed, with significant damage to several residences.

The tornado continued to track eastward through fields, before striking a property south of Lower Leesville Road just west of Leesville Road, where dozens of healthy trees were snapped in a swath roughly 250 yards wide. The tornado widened a bit and turned more northeastward, tracking just north of Leesville and striking several properties near the intersection of Krichbaum Road and Old Lincoln Highway. Extensive tree and structural damage was found, including two outbuildings completely destroyed and a large wooden barn severely damaged.

Sunday night’s storm did extensive damage in North Robinson and around Leesville. This home is about a half-mile north of Lowe-Volk Park on Ohio 598. Photo by Russ Kent

The tornado continued to track eastward along Krichbaum Road just north of Crestline, causing sporadic tree and property damage, including a brick garage collapsed, a roof partially blown off a home, and an outbuilding completely destroyed. The tornado then tracked east through fields and groves of trees, snapping and
twisting the tops off dozens of trees, before crossing State Route 61 just south of Hook Road, moving quickly into Richland County.

Extensive damage to a residence was found on Hook Road just west of Thrush Road, where a first story bedroom on the southwest corner of the house was destroyed. Half of the roof was ripped off the home, and the attached garage on the northeast side of the house was mostly destroyed. An adjacent detached garage was completely destroyed, with the debris carried nearly 100 yards to the east, including a riding lawnmower. Two minor injuries were
reported at this residence after they were thrown from the
destroyed bedroom south into the yard. Maximum estimated winds at this location were 130 mph.

The tornado continued eastward for several miles along Hook Road, causing tree and structural damage. After crossing State Route 314, the tornado continued eastward through fields, crossing Rock Road. Shortly after, the tornado caused damage to trees and structures along Stiving Road roughly halfway between Rock Road
and State Route 39. The tornado began to weaken, with damage becoming more limited to isolated tree damage near State Route 39. The tornado crossed State Route 39 just south of a recycling plant, tracking eastward just north of Cairns Road, causing minor tree damage. The weakening tornado continued eastward and crossed
Kline Road, where it lifted roughly a quarter mile eastward.

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For reference: the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories:

EF0…Wind speeds 65 to 85 mph
EF1…Wind speeds 86 to 110 mph
EF2…Wind speeds 111 to 135 mph
EF3…Wind speeds 136 to 165 mph
EF4…Wind speeds 166 to 200 mph
EF5…Wind speeds greater than 200 mph