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A strong storm system tracked out of the plains on Sunday, November 17, 2013 causing widespread severe weather across the Midwest.  This particularly dangerous situation developed as an unseasonably warm airmass was pulled north in advance of a rapidly strengthening low pressure system.  The instability combined with considerable sheer in the low levels of the atmosphere and a strong upper level jet to create the necessary ingredients for a severe weather outbreak.  The following image shows severe weather reports from across the region.

National Storm Reports
from 11/17/2013

Preliminary reports indicate the most severe damage in the NWS Cleveland forecast area occurred in northwest Ohio in Perrysburg/Perrysburg Twp in Wood County and near Oregon in Lucas County.   Meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Cleveland surveyed the damage to determine if the damage was a result of tornadoes or straight line winds.  Damage to trees extended across the state with thousands of power outages reported.

The following is a preliminary summary of severe weather reports from the Cleveland forecast area from November 17th.  Many thanks are extended to our Skywarn Weather Spotters, local law enforcement, media, and all others that relayed severe weather reports.

Wood and Lucas Counties Tornado - EF2

County:
Wood, Lucas
Begin Location:
Perrysburg
Begin Time:
05:35 PM EST
End Location:
Oregon
End Time: 5:55 PM EST
Length:
~ 12 Miles
Width:
150-200 Yards
Magnitude:
EF2
Est. Max Wind 120-125 MPH

 

The tornado formed near Lime City Road and U.S. Route 20 in Perrysburg.  The tornado reached EF-2 strength near Oregon Road and Route 795 near Perrysburg.  It then continued moving northeast at mostly EF-1 or EF-0 strength until reaching EF-2 strength once again in the city of Oregon where several homes were destroyed.

Damage Survey Pictures

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*The information is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event and publication in the NWS StormData.

Graphic depicting path of
the Wood/Lucas Tornado

Wood County Tornado - EF1

County:
Wood
Begin Location:
North Baltimore
Begin Time:
05:32 PM EST
End Location:
Jerry City
Length:
~ 7 Miles (intermittent)
Width:
75-100 Yards
Magnitude:
EF1
Est. Max Wind: 105-110 MPH

 

The tornado touched down on the northwest side of North Baltimore, moved northeast, briefly lifted and then had a second touchdown on the east side of Jerry City.  The touchdown in North Baltimore was near Quarry Rd. and Liberty Rd. and the touchdown on the east side of Jerry City near Main Street and Huffman Road.  The tornado lifted about 1 mile east along Jerry City Road.

Damage Survey Pictures

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*The information is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event and publication in the NWS StormData.

graphic depicting tornado track
for the central Wood county tornado

Ottawa Tornado - EF1

County:
Ottawa
Begin Location:
3E of Elmore
Begin Time:
6:00 PM EST
Length:
~ 3/4 Mile
Width:
50-75 Yards
Magnitude:
EF1
Est. Max Wind 95 MPH

 

The tornado touched down near Yeasting Road and State Route 590 and moved northeast about three quarters of a mile before dissipating.

Damage Survey Pictures

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*The information is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event and publication in the NWS StormData.

grapic depicting the track of
the Ottawa tornado

 

Damage Survey Photo Gallery

 

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Preliminary Local Storm Reports

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
546 AM EST MON NOV 18 2013

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0525 PM     TSTM WND DMG     6 SW SYLVANIA           41.65N 83.79W
11/17/2013                   LUCAS              OH   AMATEUR RADIO

            WALL AND ROOF BLOWN DOWN.

0525 PM     TSTM WND GST     HASKINS                 41.46N 83.70W
11/17/2013  M64.00 MPH       WOOD               OH   TRAINED SPOTTER

0527 PM     TSTM WND GST     FINDLAY                 41.04N 83.64W
11/17/2013  M53.00 MPH       HANCOCK            OH   ASOS

0530 PM     TSTM WND DMG     SYLVANIA                41.71N 83.71W
11/17/2013                   LUCAS              OH   TRAINED SPOTTER

            24 INCH DIAMETER TREES UPROOTED.

0532 PM     TSTM WND GST     BOWLING GREEN           41.38N 83.65W
11/17/2013  M85.00 MPH       WOOD               OH   AMATEUR RADIO

0535 PM     TSTM WND DMG     PERRYSBURG              41.55N 83.62W
11/17/2013                   WOOD               OH   AMATEUR RADIO

            ROOF OFF A HOUSE AND LOSS OF POWER ON OREGON RD.

0536 PM     TSTM WND DMG     2 ESE PERRYSBURG        41.54N 83.59W
11/17/2013                   WOOD               OH   AMATEUR RADIO

            MANY TREES DOWN. DAMAGE TO TRAILERS IN FRIENDLY VILLAGE
            TRAILER COURT.

0550 PM     TSTM WND DMG     1 E OREGON              41.67N 83.40W
11/17/2013                   LUCAS              OH   BROADCAST MEDIA

            ONE ROOF BLOWN OFF A HOME WITH DAMAGE TO SEVERAL GARAGES
            ON LALLENDORF RD.

0550 PM     TSTM WND GST     OREGON                  41.67N 83.42W
11/17/2013  E65.00 MPH       LUCAS              OH   AMATEUR RADIO

0555 PM     TSTM WND DMG     OREGON                  41.67N 83.42W
11/17/2013                   LUCAS              OH   TRAINED SPOTTER

            DRIVE-IN MOVIE SCREEN BLOWN DOWN.

0600 PM     TSTM WND DMG     WAYNE                   41.30N 83.47W
11/17/2013                   WOOD               OH   TRAINED SPOTTER

            2 BASKETBALL HOOPS BENT IN HALF, CINDER BLOCKS IN POOL,
            FENCE DAMAGED, CAMPER MOVED SEVERAL FEET, SHED BLOWN TO
            NEXT STREET.

0600 PM     TSTM WND DMG     GENOA                   41.52N 83.36W
11/17/2013                   OTTAWA             OH   911 CALL CENTER

            NUMEROUS TREES AND POWERLINES DOWN IN THE WESTERN PART OF
            THE COUNTY.

0604 PM     TSTM WND GST     FINDLAY                 41.04N 83.64W
11/17/2013  M62.00 MPH       HANCOCK            OH   ASOS

0630 PM     TSTM WND DMG     4 N TIFFIN              41.17N 83.18W
11/17/2013                   SENECA             OH   TRAINED SPOTTER

            POLES AND POWERLINES DOWN AT 53 AND 592

0633 PM     TSTM WND DMG     UPPER SANDUSKY          40.83N 83.28W
11/17/2013                   WYANDOT            OH   AMATEUR RADIO

            POLES AND POWER LINES DOWN.

0633 PM     TSTM WND DMG     3 N UPPER SANDUSKY      40.87N 83.28W
11/17/2013                   WYANDOT            OH   AMATEUR RADIO

            BARN DESTROYED.

0645 PM     TSTM WND GST     TIFFIN                  41.12N 83.18W
11/17/2013  M80.00 MPH       SENECA             OH   TRAINED SPOTTER

            WEATHER STATION AT PERRY STREET

0700 PM     TSTM WND DMG     NORWALK                 41.24N 82.61W
11/17/2013                   HURON              OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            SOME TREES DOWN.

0710 PM     TSTM WND DMG     5 E BERLIN HEIGHTS      41.32N 82.40W
11/17/2013                   ERIE               OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TREE AND LIMB DOWN NEAR FLORENCE.

0710 PM     TSTM WND DMG     WAKEMAN                 41.26N 82.40W
11/17/2013                   HURON              OH   911 CALL CENTER

            A FEW TREES DOWN.

0726 PM     TSTM WND GST     SOUTH AMHERST           41.35N 82.24W
11/17/2013  E60.00 MPH       LORAIN             OH   EMERGENCY MNGR

0728 PM     TSTM WND GST     ELYRIA                  41.38N 82.11W
11/17/2013  E60.00 MPH       LORAIN             OH   EMERGENCY MNGR

0728 PM     TSTM WND GST     ELYRIA                  41.38N 82.11W
11/17/2013  M56.00 MPH       LORAIN             OH   ASOS

0728 PM     TSTM WND GST     LORAIN                  41.44N 82.18W
11/17/2013  E60.00 MPH       LORAIN             OH   EMERGENCY MNGR

0740 PM     TSTM WND DMG     FULTON                  40.46N 82.83W
11/17/2013                   MORROW             OH   911 CALL CENTER

            TREES AND POWERLINES DOWN

0740 PM     TSTM WND DMG     ASHLAND                 40.87N 82.32W
11/17/2013                   ASHLAND            OH   911 CALL CENTER

            MANY TREES AND POWERLINES DOWN ACROSS THE COUNTY.

0745 PM     TSTM WND DMG     CHESTERVILLE            40.48N 82.68W
11/17/2013                   MORROW             OH   911 CALL CENTER

            TREES AND POWERLINES DOWN

0748 PM     TSTM WND GST     CLEVELAND               41.48N 81.68W
11/17/2013  M54.00 MPH       CUYAHOGA           OH   ASOS

0748 PM     TSTM WND DMG     WEST SALEM              40.97N 82.11W
11/17/2013                   WAYNE              OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            NUMEROUS TREES DOWN.

0750 PM     TSTM WND DMG     CONGRESS                40.93N 82.06W
11/17/2013                   WAYNE              OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            SOME TREES DOWN.

0758 PM     TSTM WND DMG     LOUDONVILLE             40.63N 82.23W
11/17/2013                   ASHLAND            OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            SEVERAL TREES DOWN OUTSIDE OF TOWN.

0759 PM     TSTM WND DMG     PERRYSVILLE             40.66N 82.31W
11/17/2013                   ASHLAND            OH   AMATEUR RADIO

            TREE DOWN ON STATE ROUTE 95 JUST EAST OF TOWN.

0759 PM     TSTM WND GST     CLEVELAND               41.48N 81.68W
11/17/2013  M56.00 MPH       CUYAHOGA           OH   ASOS

0805 PM     TSTM WND DMG     5 SW GLENMONT           40.47N 82.16W
11/17/2013                   HOLMES             OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            MANY TREES DOWN.

0810 PM     TSTM WND DMG     PAINESVILLE             41.73N 81.25W
11/17/2013                   LAKE               OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            SOME TREES AND WIRES DOWN.

0810 PM     TSTM WND DMG     GREEN                   40.94N 81.44W
11/17/2013                   SUMMIT             OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            8 TREES DOWN.

0815 PM     TSTM WND DMG     MARTINSBURG             40.27N 82.35W
11/17/2013                   KNOX               OH   911 CALL CENTER

            NUMEROUS TREES DOWN AND POWER OUTAGES

0815 PM     TSTM WND DMG     TWINSBURG               41.32N 81.45W
11/17/2013                   SUMMIT             OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            1 TREE DOWN.

0815 PM     TSTM WND DMG     3 S AKRON               41.04N 81.52W
11/17/2013                   SUMMIT             OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            ONE TREE DOWN IN SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP.

0818 PM     TSTM WND DMG     4 W VERMILION           41.41N 82.40W
11/17/2013                   ERIE               OH   911 CALL CENTER

            NUMEROUS TREES DOWN AND POWER OUTAGES

0825 PM     TSTM WND DMG     CHARDON                 41.58N 81.21W
11/17/2013                   GEAUGA             OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            SEVERAL TREES DOWN.

0825 PM     TSTM WND DMG     WALNUT CREEK            40.52N 81.73W
11/17/2013                   HOLMES             OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            SOME TREES DOWN.

0829 PM     TSTM WND GST     AKRON                   41.08N 81.52W
11/17/2013  M52.00 MPH       SUMMIT             OH   ASOS

0830 PM     TSTM WND DMG     NORTH CANTON            40.87N 81.40W
11/17/2013                   STARK              OH   AMATEUR RADIO

            PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY AT HOOVER APPLIANCE CO. WAS DAMAGED.

0830 PM     TSTM WND DMG     RAVENNA                 41.16N 81.24W
11/17/2013                   PORTAGE            OH   INSURANCE CO

            MANY TREES DOWN.

0830 PM     TSTM WND DMG     CANTON                  40.81N 81.37W
11/17/2013                   STARK              OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            SEVERAL TREES DOWN COUNTYWIDE.

0845 PM     TSTM WND DMG     HARTSGROVE              41.60N 80.95W
11/17/2013                   ASHTABULA          OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            ONE TREE DOWN.

0855 PM     TSTM WND DMG     WARREN                  41.24N 80.82W
11/17/2013                   TRUMBULL           OH   911 CALL CENTER

            NUMEROUS TREES DOWN ACROSS THE COUNTY.

0900 PM     TSTM WND DMG     YOUNGSTOWN              41.10N 80.65W
11/17/2013                   MAHONING           OH   911 CALL CENTER

            A COUPLE OF TREES AND WIRES DOWN.

0900 PM     TSTM WND DMG     5 SW ERIE               42.07N 80.16W
11/17/2013                   ERIE               PA   911 CALL CENTER

            A COUPLE OF TREES DOWN IN MILL CREEK.

0900 PM     TSTM WND DMG     GIRARD                  41.15N 80.70W
11/17/2013                   TRUMBULL           OH   PUBLIC

            8 TO 9 TREES DOWNED, TWO TREES WERE SHEARDED OFF AT THE
            TOP.

0905 PM     TSTM WND DMG     ANDOVER                 41.61N 80.57W
11/17/2013                   ASHTABULA          OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            ONE TREE DOWN.

0908 PM     TSTM WND DMG     LAKE CITY               42.02N 80.35W
11/17/2013                   ERIE               PA   911 CALL CENTER

            A COUPLE OF TREES DOWN.

0915 PM     TSTM WND DMG     4 S HARTSTOWN           41.49N 80.38W
11/17/2013                   CRAWFORD           PA   911 CALL CENTER

            TREE FELL ON HOUSE IN WEST FALLOWFIELD TOWNSHIP.

0930 PM     TSTM WND DMG     MEADVILLE               41.65N 80.15W
11/17/2013                   CRAWFORD           PA   911 CALL CENTER

            MANY TREES DOWN OVER THE WESTERN AND CENTRAL PORTION OF
            THE COUNTY.

0935 PM     TSTM WND DMG     MEADVILLE               41.65N 80.15W
11/17/2013                   CRAWFORD           PA   911 CALL CENTER

            TREE FELL ON COCHRANTON ROAD NEAR FRANKLIN PIKE IN WEST
            MEAD TOWNSHIP.

0945 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST ELYRIA                  41.38N 82.11W
11/17/2013  M64 MPH          LORAIN             OH   EMERGENCY MNGR

1005 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG ELYRIA                  41.38N 82.11W
11/17/2013                   LORAIN             OH   EMERGENCY MNGR

            NUMEROUS TREES DOWN BETWEEN INTERSTATE 90 AND ROUTE 303.

1005 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST ELYRIA                  41.38N 82.11W
11/17/2013  E58.00 MPH       LORAIN             OH   ASOS

1030 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST PARMA                   41.38N 81.73W
11/17/2013  M58.00 MPH       CUYAHOGA           OH   TRAINED SPOTTER