Tornadoes Leave Trail of Destruction Across Ohio, Indiana

Crews used snowplows to clear an Ohio highway
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 28, 2019 2:31 AM CDT
Snowplows Clear Highway After Tornadoes Hit Ohio
This image provided and posted by the Ohio Department of Transportation, early Tuesday, May 28, 2019, shows a view from one of the department's trucks as crews on Interstate 75 north of Dayton, Ohio, work to clean debris from the highway after a suspected tornado hit the area late Monday.   (Ohio Department of Transportation via AP)

A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another. The storms strew debris so thick that at one point, highway crews had to use snowplows to clear an interstate, the AP reports. At least half a dozen communities from eastern Indiana through central Ohio suffered damage, according to the National Weather Service, though authorities working through the night had reported no fatalities as of early Tuesday. Some 5 million people were without power early Tuesday in Ohio alone. Towns just outside Dayton, Ohio, took some of the heaviest hits. The National Weather Service said Monday night that a "large and dangerous tornado" hit near Trotwood, Ohio, 8 milesnorthwest of Dayton.

Just before midnight, not 40 minutes after that tornado cut through, the weather service said another one was traversing its path, churning up debris densely enough to be seen on radar.The aftermath left some lanes of Interstate 75 blocked north of Dayton. Trucks with plows were scraping tree branches and rubble to the side to get the major north-south route reopened, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation said. An Indiana town was also heavily damaged by storms late Monday, including reports of two tornadoes "We do not know at this time if this was a tornado, straight-line winds, or what the cause was" of damage in Pendleton, 35 miles northeast of Indianapolis, said a spokesman for the Madison County Emergency Management Agency. Two people were killed by a tornado Saturday night in El Reno, Oklahoma.

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