National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce
September 26, 2018
EF1 Tornado Confirmed Near Columbus, Ohio

National Weather Service Wilmington OH
314 PM EDT Thu Sep 27 2018


Start Location...Olde Towne East neighborhood in Columbus in Franklin
County Ohio
End Location...Mayfair Neighborhood of Columbus in Franklin
County Ohio
Estimated Time...553 AM EDT
Estimated End Time...557 AM EDT
Maximum EF- Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...90 mph
Maximum Path Width...150 yards
Path Length...3.75 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...39.9564/-82.9702
Ending Lat/Lon...39.9712/-82.9025
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

The National Weather Service, in conjunction with Franklin County
Emergency Management and Homeland Security, conducted a storm
damage survey to areas of Columbus and Bexley Ohio in Franklin

Damage evident of a weak tornado began in the Olde Towne
neighborhood of Columbus. There were numerous large tree branches
down or tree trunks snapped, along with a pickup truck that was
briefly partially lifted off the ground suffered damage to both
passenger side tires as it was forced back down to the pavement.
In the same area of Olde Towne, there was damage to power poles.
Damage in this area was consistent with an EF0 strength tornado.

Further down the damage path, several areas of tree damage
occurred in the Bexley area.

Further down the path in the Mayfair neighborhood near East Broad
Street and South James Road, this is where the most significant
tornado damage occurred and where the wind speeds are estimated to
be the highest.

Several homes in this neighborhood sustained roof, siding and
shingle damage. There were numerous large trees uprooted or
snapped, causing significant damage to homes, garages and
vehicles. Additionally, 2 cinder block garages had their roof
completely lifted off, with 1 or 2 block walls completely
collapsed. It was this damage which was consistent with wind
speeds of about 90 mph. Damage in this neighborhood was consistent
with low end EF1 tornado winds.

There was no evidence nor reports of damage further to the
northeast of this area, so from here it appears the tornado
lifted and dissipated.

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories:

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
Storm Data.

...corrected to add end time to tornado...



Pictures from the storm survey: