MONROEVILLE, Ohio - This is probably the worst kept secret of the day: A tornado touched down near Monroeville in Huron County at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2011.
The National Weather Service in Cleveland officially confirmed what our exclusive video from viewer Chris Harlan showed -- an impressive EF-1 tornado, with winds of 100 miles per hour, touched down just south of US Route 20 between Monroeville and Norwalk. The twister is shown on our exclusive video touching down in a farm field. It then traveled east near the Starview Drive-In Theatre at the corner of Halfway Road.
The initial touchdown of the tornado occurred on the southeast side of Monroeville near a cemetery. The beginning of the track indicated mainly a downed tree but mainly tracked through farm fields. The tornado continued east and crossed halfway road south of U.S. Route 20. A barn located along halfway road was destroyed.
The tornado continued east south of U.S. Route 20 and lifted near the intersection of North Greenwich Milan Town Line Rd and Tiger Rd. southeast of Norwalk. Approximately 10 to 12 homes and several businesses were damaged. There were a few roofs blown off homes...while others had trees falling on them causing damage. The businesses experienced primarily roof damage. The majority of the downed trees were observed east of Halfway Rd along the tornado path.