Storms hit OH

A possible tornado and 65-mph winds hit Wooster, Ohio, Wednesday evening around 7 p.m., leaving residential damage that was still being determined Thursday morning.

BY SUSAN KIM | WOOSTER, Ohio | November 13, 2003


A possible tornado and 65-mph winds hit Wooster, Ohio, Wednesday evening around 7 p.m., leaving residential damage that was still being determined Thursday morning.

At least three homes were destroyed in Tuscarawas County. Damage stretches in a 7-mile swath.

The American Red Cross set up a shelter in Central Christian High School. At least eight roads in the county were still closed Thursday morning.

The disaster could become an economic burden on the community as well, since a Rubbermaid plant sustained serious roof damage. Normal production won't resume until at least next week, according to Rubbermaid officials.

Storms that rolled through the region caused widespread damage but emergency management reports indicated the worst hit area was northeast Ohio. About 13,000 homes were without power there Thursday morning because of downed trees and power lines, according to First Energy.

Recovery could be complicated by snow that is supposed to move into some of the affected areas by overnight Thursday. Up to 5 inches of snow could fall in parts of the state.

The storms came on the heels of flooding that hit southeastern Ohio earlier this week. Heavy rain caused evacuations in parts of West Virginia and Ohio Wednesday. Flooding happened in Boothsville, W.Va., according to reports from the Marion County emergency services office.

Schools were closed in four West Virginia counties and in three counties in southeastern Ohio because of water on roads.


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