Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Tornado reported as storms pummel Ohio

The Associated Press

        At least one tornado was reported and trees and power lines were toppled as strong storms moved across Ohio on Monday night. No injuries were reported.

        In southeast Ohio's Jackson County, rising water punched a 10-to-12-foot hole in a dam wall at the Waterloo Coal Corp. in Oak Hill, and water spilled onto Ohio 93, the sheriff's office said.

        The water came from a pond on private property where coal is washed. It leaked for several hours until the coal company and authorities plugged the hole, the sheriff's office said.

        Ohio 93 was closed between Oak Hill and Jackson, about 70 miles southeast of Columbus. About 5 feet of water flooded the road at one point but the level had fallen to about 1 1/2 feet by 11:45 p.m.

        In northeast Ohio, Joyce Teo decki, fire chief in rural Litchfield Township in Medina County, said there were three reports of a tornado touching down there.

        Trees and wires were knocked down in the community 26 miles southwest of Cleveland.

        Widespread damage was reported in Meigs County in southeast Ohio. Trees and power lines fell, roofs were damaged or torn off and windows were blown out of one house.


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