Storm Shuts Down Ohio Nuclear Plant
OAK HARBOR, Ohio (AP) A fast-moving storm slammed into northern
Ohio, forcing a nuclear power plant to shut down, damaging buildings and
injuring 14 people.
National Weather Service forecasters said a tornado hit late Wednesday near
the Davis-Besse nuclear plant near Oak Harbor, about 25 miles east of
Toledo. Workers spotted a funnel cloud near the plant cooling tower. The
plant shut down automatically when the storm severed transmission lines
between it and another plant in Pennsylvania, said Chuck Krueger, spokesman
for Toledo Edison, which operates Davis-Besse.
Plant officials said the idled reactor was safe and an inspection was under
way to determine damage. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it was
sending a team of specialists to help with the inspection.
Davis-Besse was still shut down today, said Ruth Dyke, spokeswoman for the
Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency.
Emergency officials, which received tallies from the hospitals, today put the
number of injured at 14. One of them was in critical condition. Early news
reports had said at least 30 people were taken to hospitals.
The storm blew off roofs and knocked down barns, trees and utility poles.
``It's one huge storm, the size of a county,'' said Ryan Sandler, a National
Weather Service meteorologist. He said the storm appeared to weaken as it
moved southeast from the hardest-hit areas.
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NWSFO CLEVELAND OHIO
1145 PM EDT WED JUN 24 1998
TIME(EDT) .....CITY LOCATION..... STATE ...EVENT/REMARKS...
0750 PM TOLEDO OH .75 INCH HAIL
06/24/98 LUCAS DIME SIZED HAIL REPORTED
IN MAUMEE BAY
0828 PM PORT CLINTON OH WIND DAMAGE
06/24/98 OTTAWA HIGH WINDS REPORTED WEST
OF PORT CLINTON. NUMEROUS
TREE LIMBS DOWN.
0900 PM PORT CLINTON OH TORNADO
06/24/98 OTTAWA TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR
DAVIS-BESSIE POWER PLANT
0902 PM OAK HARBOR OH WIND DAMAGE
06/24/98 OTTAWA NUMEROUS TRAILERS ROLLED
OVER BY HIGH WINDS
0906 PM ROCKY RIDGE OH WIND DAMAGE
06/24/98 OTTAWA ROOFS OFF BARNS AND
NUMEROUS TREES BLOWN DOWN.
0907 PM OAK HARBOR OH WIND DAMAGE
06/24/98 OTTAWA TREES BLOWN DOWN
0923 PM CRYSTAL ROCK OH .75 INCH HAIL
0930 PM CASTALIA OH .75 INCH HAIL
0932 PM CLYDE OH WIND DAMAGE
06/24/98 SANDUSKY NUMEROUS ROOFS OFF
BUILDINGS AND TREES DOWN.
0943 PM CLYDE OH WIND DAMAGE
06/24/98 SANDUSKY ROOF OFF OF A HOUSE AND
TREES DOWN NEAR CLYDE
1037 PM SHILOH OH .75 INCH HAIL
1024 PM ASHLAND OH WIND DAMAGE
06/24/98 ASHLAND 2-3 TREES DOWN NORTHWEST
OF ASHLAND AND SOME
SHINGLES BLOWN OFF A ROOF.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
525 PM EST THU JUNE 25 1998
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS COMPLETED THE STORM SURVEY PERTAINING
TO THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THAT AFFECTED PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST AND
NORTH CENTRAL OHIO ON WEDNESDAY...JUNE 24.
AN AERIAL SURVEY WAS COMPLETED IN OTTAWA COUNTY WHERE THE MOST
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED. A GROUND SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN SANDUSKY
AND ERIE COUNTIES.
A F2 TORNADO...WINDS BETWEEN 113 AND 157 MPH...OCCURRED IN OTTAWA
COUNTY. THE TORNADO EITHER MOVED ONSHORE OR TOUCHED DOWN JUST WEST OF
THE DAVIS-BESSIE POWER PLANT BETWEEN 845PM AND 900 PM. THE TORNADO WAS
ABOUT 100 YARDS WIDE AND TRAVELED SOUTHEAST ABOUT 31/2MILES.
CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE WAS NOTED ALONG THIS PATH WITH SOME BARNS TOTALLY
DESTROYED AND AN APARTMENT COMPLEX HEAVILY DAMAGED. MOST OF THE DAMAGE
IN OTTAWA COUNTY WAS CAUSED BY A MACROBURST...STRAIGHT LINE
WINDS...BETWEEN 70 AND 80 MPH.
DOWNBURST...OR STRAIGHT LINE WINDS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DAMAGE
IN ERIE AND SANDUSKY COUNTIES. A FUNNEL CLOUD WAS OBSERVED BY A RESIDENT
IN WHITES LANDING JUST SOUTH OF SANDUSKY BAY...BUT IT DID NOT TOUCH