Tornadoes leave horrific trail of destruction and death across Midwest

Saul Bowman
May 29, 2019

At about 23:00 (03:00 GMT), the NWS confirmed that a "large and unsafe tornado" was on the ground near the city of Trotwood, which is part of Greater Dayton.

The calls came as search and rescue operations got under way, with emergency services working to clear the debris left by buildings destroyed by the tornadoes.

National Weather Service is carrying out storm surveys of the tornadoes. Hara Arena, idled in recent years after decades as a popular sports and entertainment venue, sustained "a huge amount of damage".

Five busloads of displaced residents were taken to a church that served as a shelter, Trotwood's mayor said.

At least one tornado hit Dayton and at least two touched down near the city, including one near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, just east of the city, media reports said. The storms look to coalesce into a complex of storms that could produce damaging straight line winds as they continue moving across southeast Iowa later in the night. But he and his wife were not injured and the house is still livable, he said. In Brookville, where the storm tore off the school's roof, classes were canceled.

At least 35 people in and around Dayton went to hospitals with injuries, majority minor, according to Elizabeth Long, a spokeswoman for the Kettering Health Network. There will be some sun during the day, with more showers possible after 2 p.m. until about 8 p.m. Multiple schools in the area were closed or had delayed starts Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the City of Dayton is asking its residents to conserve water and adhere to a system wide boil advisory after both the city's water plants and pump stations lost power as a result of those powerful storms.

"We're in for a multi-day restoration effort", Dayton Power & Light said on Twitter. The company said 64,000 of its customers alone were without power. Many roads were impassable early on Tuesday.

Governor DeWine declared a state of emergency in three counties: Greene, Mercer, and Montgomery. At least 75 homes were damaged there and in nearby Huntsville, said Madison County Emergency Management spokesman Todd Harmeson.

"I think the reduction in injuries is in key part to the early notification and people taking those warning seriously, moving to safe areas of their homes", Hosford told ABC. Gusty winds also caused power outages in places.

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