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Photos: Tornadoes leave trail of destruction in Indiana, Ohio

By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
November 07, 2017, 4:27:30 AM EST

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A late-season severe weather outbreak triggered several tornadoes and widespread damage from eastern Missouri to northwestern Pennsylvania on Sunday.

While severe weather is most active during the spring, it is also not uncommon during the fall months.

"Despite it being early November, a second season of severe weather is typical in the fall as progressively colder air battles with lingering warmth,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said. “That is exactly what we saw in the Ohio Valley to end the weekend.”

The most extensive tornado damage occurred in Jay County, Indiana, and Celina, Ohio, on Sunday afternoon.

The Jay County Sheriff’s Office warned residents to avoid northern parts of the county due to significant damage from a tornado. Schools will be closed across the county on Monday.


Eight people were injured in Celina, Ohio, when a tornado ripped through the town. None of the injuries are life threatening. The tornado tore through the business district of town, inflicting damage on many properties.

The National Weather Service gave the tornado a preliminary rating of EF1, which has wind speeds of 86-110 mph. A final rating will be announced early this week as storm survey crews thoroughly assess the damage of this tornado.

In Muncie, Indiana, strong winds damaged a historic gym known as Muncie Fieldhouse.


Between 1 to 3 inches of rain with locally higher amounts poured down during the storms, triggering localized flooding, water rescues and road closures.

Damage from strong straight-line winds was also reported in Erie, Pennsylvania, and St. Louis.

Two people died in Erie when flooding triggered a house collapse on Sunday night.

More than 100,000 customers were without power across Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania in the wake of the storms on Sunday night.

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Cleanup efforts will take place amid cool, but mainly dry conditions this week. The rain expected to whisk away the warmth in the South will likely stay away from the hardest-hit areas.

High temperatures will generally be in the 40s and lower 50s F, but lows will drop near to below freezing most nights.

Sheridan, IN Tornado Twitter Photo

A barn suffered damage in Sheridan, Indiana, after a possible tornado tore through the area on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Twitter/@avwxgeekoh)

Sheridan, IN Twitter photo

Storm damage in Sheridan, Indiana, after a possible tornado tore through the area on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Twitter/@avwxgeekoh)

Sheridan, IN Tornado damage

Storm damage in Sheridan, Indiana, after a possible tornado tore through the area on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Twitter/@avwxgeekoh)

Erie, PA Storm Damage

Downed trees in Erie, Pennsylvania on Sunday night, Nov. 5, 2017, after severe thunderstorms swept through the region. (Twitter/@metalc0wb0y)

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