DAYTON, OHIO (PM) — A large tornado has reportedly touched down in the suburbs of Dayton, Ohio this evening on the northern side of the city.
The tornado reportedly hit major suburbs just outside of Dayton, before moving towards the Beaver Creek area. Injuries and widespread damage are already being reported in the area. Police are also reporting multiple structural collapses within the city.
At around 11:09PM Eastern time, a large tornado was spotted moving slightly north of Dayton, Ohio. Local news stations reported that the tornado was visible from downtown, and they believe the tornado reached the wind speeds of an EF-3 tornado. Tornadoes that are rated EF-3 on the Enhanced Fujita scale reach sustained wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour, causing significant damage in their paths.
“This is a life threatening situation,” the National Weather Service posted in a startling message on Twitter, emphasizing the extreme danger of the situation. A Tornado Emergency, the extreme version of a tornado warning, was promptly issued for the area. Tornado emergencies are generally only issued when a large and dangerous tornado is threatening a populated area.
Wright Patterson Air Force Base reportedly took a direct hit from the tornado, but there are no official reports of any damage at the base so far. The tornado reportedly crossed Interstate 75, and there are multiple reports of vehicle debris and injuries along that route.
At least 40,000 people are without power in the Dayton area, according to Dayton light and power. A mass casualty incident was declared at the scene. Reports indicate that snow plows are clearing the streets.
A shelter is being set up at Northridge High School in Dayton for people’s whose homes were damaged. According to scanner reports, a fire station and house have been completely destroyed in Daytona. Whois TV is reporting that the University of Dayton Arena may be used as a shelter after these storms.
In Celina, Ohio, a city about 60 miles northwest of Dayton, many homes were damaged and at least seven people were injured. According to the mayor, the entire city is without power. Search and rescue operations are underway in the area.
One user took to Twitter late Monday night to post a video of the condition of their house after the tornado directly hit their home. Others posted images of heavy damage in the area.
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