NWS Confirms EF0 Tornado In Van Wert County, Ohio (VIDEO)

By Eric Dutkiewicz

June 13, 2013 Updated Dec 13, 2013 at 8:41 PM EDT

WILLSHIRE, Ohio (www.incnow.tv) - The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in Northwest Ohio on Wednesday night.

An EF0 twister hit Willshire in Van Wert County at 11:27 p.m. The tornado had maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour, and was on the ground for 0.7 miles.

Rick McCoy, Van Wert County Office of Homeland Security Director & Emergency Management, says county officials had about 10 to 15 minutes before the tornado touched down to publish the tornado warning.

"It goes back to the technology we have today," McCoy says. "Media is getting out greater warnings for us. The national weather service is giving more length time of those warnings."

A 21Alive crew went to Willshire on Thursday, and the damage could be seen in the small town's neighborhoods

"I saw what appeared to be a wall cloud, and I told my family to get inside and get in the cellar," homeowner Brent Whitaker says. "Something came through from the north--I'm sure it was a gust of air--and knocked me down to the ground. I rolled over to my stomach and was looking to the south and watched my garage just go kah-thud.."

No injuries were reported in the tornado.




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