Possible Tornado In Van Wert County

By John W. Davis

May 25, 2011 Updated May 25, 2011 at 9:52 PM EST

VAN WERT, Ohio (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A possible tornado touched down in Northwest Ohio Wednesday afternoon.

Van Wert County Emergency Director Rick McCoy told Indiana's NewsCenter a funnel cloud touched down at 3:27 p.m.

A row of about six utility poles were knocked down, which left the Kear Road neighborhood without electricity.

"We got reports that their was damage on Kear Road and it had touched down. We started getting more reports from citizens in that they had watched it touch down," said Van Wert County Emergency Management Director Rick McCoy.

McCoy believes it was a tornado because weather spotters called it in, and also photographed it touching down.

Van Wert County was under a tornado warning for part of Wednesday evening.

Sirens went off, which alerted residents to take shelter.

Indiana's NewsCenter drove through Van Wert County just as the tornado warning was lifted.

Several traffic lights were without power, creating multiple four-way stop intersections.

Meanwhile, Shirley Collins lives on Kear Road in Van Wert.

Collins said the 3:27 p.m. funnel cloud was a close call for a lady driving through her neighborhood.

"That lady that pulled in here, she was coming east from it and the poles was going down behind her. So you know it had to be an awful strong wind," said Van Wert Resident Shirley Collins.

"So it briefly touched, went back up and then moved across the county and we didn't get any reports of it touching down again," explained McCoy.

Northwest Ohio is bracing for overnight storms.

Meanwhile, we won't know until Thursday, if whatever knocked down a row of utility poles in Van Wert, Ohio was a tornado.




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