A tornado warning was issued for northern Ohio on Thursday afternoon, which could affect Fostoria, Clyde, Green Springs, Risingsun, Burgoon, Bettsville and Ballville.
The National Weather Service says that it’s in effect until 5:45 p.m. EDT
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“The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a Tornado Warning for: Northeastern Hancock County in northwest Ohio. Southern Sandusky County in northwest Ohio. Northern Seneca County in northwest Ohio. Southeastern Wood County in northwest Ohio,” it says.
It adds: “At 5:00 pm EDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located 5 miles northwest of Fostoria, and moving east at 45 mph. Hazard, tornado and quarter size hail. Source, weather spotters reported funnel cloud. Impact: flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile Homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely.”
A tornado warning means that residents need to take cover immediately.
In Wisconsin, an interstate north of Milwaukee was closed for several hours Thursday morning after several vehicles became partially submerged in flood water due to heavy rain.
Tornado watches were posted Thursday for northern Illinois — including Chicago — and areas of Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. Parts of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas were covered by another tornado watch, and severe thunderstorms were expected in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.
Tornadoes were reported Wednesday and early Thursday in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, but those areas saw minimal damage from the year’s first widespread bout of severe weather.
And in Michigan, lightning strikes caused a fire at a mobile home and a fire place explosion, according to authorities. No one was injured in either incident.