Ohio ranks among the top states for tornado fatalities, injuries

Northeast Ohio among greatest threat

CLEVELAND - An exclusive 5 On Your Side investigation reveals northeast Ohio counties rank among the top in the state for tornado threats.

A review of data obtained from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency reveals Lorain and Medina counties have the highest probability of tornadoes.

MAP | Tornado Probability by County

Click on your county to see its probability of a tornado.

The likelihood that a tornado will strike each Ohio county, based on information from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. Information from the U.S. Census Bureau also contributed to this map. Credit Nikki Ferrell

Lorain leads the state with a 44 percent probability of deadly tornadoes, followed by:

  • Medina 34 percent
  • Wayne 26 percent
  • Trumbull 24 percent
  • Cuyahoga 22 percent
  • Ashtabula 20 percent

Ohio's EMA ranks Ohio within the top 20 states in the nation for fatalities, injuries and dollar losses, indicating it has "a relatively high likelihood for damages resulting from tornadoes."

According to Ohio's Hazard Mitigation Plan, a document that details risk assessment for Ohio communities, Lorain county has been hit with 22 tornado from 1950 to 2000, including two deadly F-4 tornadoes with winds over 200 miles per hour.

In the same period, mapping shows 731 tornados have struck the state with 330 of them packing winds between 86 and 110 miles per hour, resulting in what's commonly called F-2 tornadoes.

Ohio tornadoes have resulted in more than 200 deaths and 4,000 injuries.

Join us Tuesday on NewsChannel5 at 6 p.m. for an exclusive investigative report that reveals that, despite the threat of deadly tornadoes, nearly $1 million in cash that could build life-saving tornado shelters at nearly no cost to homeowners remains unused.

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