Tornadoes wreaks havoc, tearing apart homes and damaging schools. Thousands under threat

It has been a huge disaster for the victims in Ohio.

The devastating severe weather that has barreled across much of the Plains and Midwest this week is still not over.

Two suspected tornadoes slammed the metro Dayton, Ohio area Monday night, just 30 minutes apart, according to the National Weather Service. A third suspected tornado injured several people in a town about 90 miles north of Dayton.

The first suspected tornado that hit Dayton crossed I-75 north of the city around 11:07 p.m. and carried a “tornado emergency warning,” the highest the weather service gives. The second crossed the highway about three miles away.

She said that could change as daylight reveals more possible damage, and authorities continue the search and rescue operations.

Seven people were injured in Celina when a suspected tornado touched down, according to Mercer County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Robbins. Three of them were in serious, but not life-threatening condition. The other four people suffered minor injuries, Robbins said.

The areas that saw the most significant damage from the tornado were a neighborhood and an apartment complex in the Northwest part of Celina, Ohio, according to Robbins. The search and rescue mission continued through the early Tuesday morning hours.

More than 5 million people were affected by power outages, the weather service in Wilmington, Ohio, said, adding the “tornado threat has exited our area of responsibility.”

The weather service will be conducting damage surveys for the next few days in the areas of Celina, New Madison, Laura, Dayton and Laurelville.

More than 540,000 people were under a tornado watch in southern Ohio Tuesday morning, CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford said.

Trees shredded, homes destroyed, schools damaged.

“We have downed power lines, but the biggest thing we’re seeing is that there are trees just gone,” Otten told WHIO. “My neighbor across from me has four huge trees and they’re just shredded. Some out of them are out of the ground and others just have no limbs left on them.”

“There are wires down and trees laying across the road.”

Brookville Schools superintendent Tim Hopkins said a part of one school’s roof was blown off and the front doors had been blown in.

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