At least six injured, homes damaged in EF2 tornado in Richland County, Ohio

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SHELBY, Ohio (AP) - UPDATE: 4/15/19 6:20 P.M.

A tornado that damaged several homes and businesses and injured at least six people in Shelby, Ohio, on Sunday was an EF2 twister with estimated maximum winds of up to 125 mph, the National Weather Service said.

The weather service said Monday that the tornado that touched down Sunday in Richland County traveled a path about 17 miles long.

No deaths were reported, but damage is still being assessed in the rural community surrounding area, authorities said.

The weather service also confirmed that an EF0 tornado with estimated maximum winds of about 70 mph swept through part of Clark County in western Ohio on Sunday.

Several mobile homes were damaged by that twister, but there were no reports of any injuries.


UPDATE: 4/15/19 10:30 A.M.

Much of the eastern Great Lakes and mid-Atlantic woke up Monday to damaged buildings, closed schools, and dark homes and businesses after powerful storms that spawned at least one tornado.

The National Weather Service said a tornado touched down Sunday evening in Shelby, Ohio, about 90 miles southwest of Cleveland. A half-dozen homes were damaged and at least six people were injured.

The weather service said high winds in Pennsylvania that may have been tornadoes flattened a house and several barns and blew out windows. Toppled trees are blocking streets.

The storms collapsed a roof at a New Jersey apartment complex, disrupted rail service in the mid-Atlantic and caused airport delays.

Tens of thousands of utility customers remain without power across the region.

Severe weather had also swept the South on Sunday, unleashing suspected tornadoes and flooding that killed at least eight people, injured dozens and flattened much of a Texas town.

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11:35 p.m.

A suspected tornado hit a rural Ohio city, as the storm that pummeled the South made its way to the Northeast.

The Times Gazette reported several homes and businesses were damaged after an apparent tornado struck Shelby, Ohio, Sunday about 4 p.m.

Shelby is about 90 miles from Cleveland.

The Richland County Emergency Management Agency reported about a half-dozen homes were damaged and at least six people were taken to a hospital to be treated for storm-related injuries.

The National Weather Service has issued tornado watch warnings for parts of Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Sunday’s warnings come as a severe storm in the South destroyed homes, hospitalized people and caused the deaths of eight people.

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4:15 p.m.

Two more deaths have been blamed on the weekend storms that ravaged the South, bringing the death toll to at least eight.

One of the deaths in East Texas was that of a person initially among those injured when a tornado tore through the Caddo Mound State Historical Site during a Native American cultural festival Saturday. Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis says the woman has died of her critical injuries.

The National Weather Service says a tornado rated EF-3 with winds of about 140 mph (225 kph) tore through the Caddo Mound area.

In neighboring Houston County, the sheriff’s office has confirmed one person was killed in Weches, some 6 miles (10 kilometers) southwest of Caddo Mound.