According to the Associated Press, late Memorial Day night, multiple tornadoes hit Dayton and surrounding cities–Celina, Beavercreek, and Trotwood.
Hospitals in the area reported 130 people were injured after the tornadoes swept through and devastated the cities. There was one fatality, 82-year-old Melvin Dale Hanna, a resident of Celina who was killed after one of the tornadoes flung a parked car into his house.
The National Weather Service confirmed at least eight tornadoes impacted the communities in southwest Ohio. Forecasters say these tempests are part of a larger series of outbreaks–53 in all–that devastated communities in eight states eastward of Idaho and Colorado on Monday night. The service confirmed a touchdown in Pennsylvania, and tornado warnings were active as far east as New York City.
Governor Mike Dewine has commented on the situation in a series of tweets.
Fire Chief Douglas Wolters of Celina stated that the residents were on the whole well-informed about the incoming storms and their heeding the warnings may have prevented further catastrophe.
One Twitter user who goes by Mr. Ohio posted an all-encompassing thread of images showing the widespread damage caused by the tornado in multiple cities.
If you want to help out those affected, consider donating money to the American Red Cross’s Midwest Tornadoes and Floods fund or donating water or non-perishable foods to food banks and food pantries in those areas.
Header photo courtesy of @MrOH1O.