National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce
June 18, 2021
EF2 Tornado Confirmed near Fort Recovery, Ohio

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Wilmington OH
1020 PM EDT Sat Jun 19 2021

ON JUNE 18, 2021...

Location...Near Fort Recovery in Mercer County Ohio
Date...June 18, 2021
Estimated Starting Time...4:12 PM EDT
Estimated Ending Time...4:25 PM EDT
Maximum EF- Scale Rating...EF2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...115 mph
Maximum Path Width...200 yards
Path Length...5.7 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...40.4327N/ 84.7917W
Ending Lat/Lon...40.3815N/ 84.7092W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

The National Weather Service, with the assistance and support
from the Mercer County Emergency Management Agency and the Fort
Recovery Fire Department, confirms an EF2 tornado near Fort
Recovery Ohio on Friday afternoon June 18, 2021.

The first sign of tornadic damage was observed just east of the
Indiana/Ohio state line. Trees were snapped along Park Road,
indicative of EF0 tornado damage. The tornado then moved
southeast, and may have briefly lifted, before touching back down
and leaving a noticeable swirl in a wheat field between St Joe
Road and Wabash Road. The tornado intensified as it moved across
Wabash Road, impacting the Fort Recovery Lumber Yard. Multiple
roofs were completely lifted off several outbuildings.
Additionally, a collapsed cinder block wall was observed at the
Fort Recovery Lumber Yard. This was consistent with EF1 damage.
The tornado then continued moving southeast through wooded areas
between Wabash Road and Fort Recovery-Minster Road. Hardwood tree
damage was noted in the wooded areas.

After crossing Fort Recovery-Minster Road, partial removal of an
outbuilding roof was noted along with tree damage. More
significant damage then became apparent as the tornado continued
southeast impacting the Burrville Road/Hart Road area. Multiple
homes along Burrville Road sustained substantial roof damage
including total removal of over half the roof of a single family
home. The survey team also noted completely destroyed
outbuildings, the removal of attached garages, substantial tree
damage, and projectiles embedded within an exterior wall.
Several wood power poles along Burrville Road were also
completely broken. Debris from Burrville Road was thrown
approximately a half mile toward Wourms Road. In addition, the
tornado produced damage along Wourms Road, which included more
broken wood power poles. The wooded area along Wourms Road also
exhibited the most significant tree damage, where numerous
hardwood trees were snapped or knocked over. Damage along Burrville
Road and Wourms Road was consistent with low end EF2 damage, with
maximum winds of around 115 mph.

The tornado seemed to rapidly weaken as it moved southeast to Fox
Road and Meiring Road. The only damage seen was minor damage to
an outbuilding and partial removal of the top of a silo. No
additional damage was observed to the southeast of this area.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington thanks the Mercer County Ohio
Emergency Management Agency and the Fort Recovery Fire Department for the
assistance with this storm damage survey.

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.



Link to KMZ File of Tornado Track