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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.
Due to the effects of the storm-tornado damage and power outages in various parts of the county, Jay Schools are canceled for tomorrow.— Jay County Sheriff (@JayCoSheriff) November 5, 2017
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.
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.
Jay County residents and storm spotters reporting damage this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/PpnrW3PIFz— Julian Teekaram (@JulianTeekaram) November 5, 2017
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