Notable northeast Ohio severe weather events of 2013: Tornadoes, flooding, severe storms

CLEVELAND - Tornadoes, flooding, severe storms: all highlights of the year in weather.

Here are the memorable severe weather events of 2013:

*) December 21-22, 2013 Heavy Rainfall, Flooding and Wind Damage

Two days of warm temperatures and heavy rain, on top of melting snow caused area-wide river flooding.

Roads were closed and numerous basements flooded as between 2 and 3 inches of rain fell across Northern Ohio.

As a strong cold front entered the area on Saturday, Dec. 21, a line of heavy rain showers produced damaging wind gusts above 60 mph. Most of the wind damage reports came from Richland, Ashland, Wayne and Medina counties. A roof was torn off a home in Sullivan, in Ashland County.

*) June 13, 2013 - Severe Weather in Every Northern Ohio County

It's tough to escape a raging line of severe thunderstorms racing east across the entire state. That's what happened on June 13.

A squall line of storms extended from the Lake Erie shoreline all the way south to the Ohio River. This line produced numerous wind damage reports, including the total destruction of a barn in Seneca County.

Large hail was reported in 24 separate locations, many of the reports were for golf-ball sized hail. Large hail or wind damage was reported in every county in the NewsChannel5 viewing area.

*) July 10, 2013 - 3 Tornadoes, wind damage, hail and flooding

 

 

Three tornadoes in one afternoon kept the NewsChannel5 weather office quite busy! Tornadoes touched down in Rowsburg (EF-0, 75 mph winds) in Ashland County, in Bellevue in Sandusky County (EF-0, 75 mph winds) and in Reed Township (EF-1, 90 mph winds) in Seneca County.

Here's the National Weather Service description of the EF-1 twister: "THE INITIAL
TOUCHDOWNS OCCURRED IN REED TOWNSHIP IN SENECA COUNTY NEAR THE
INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROAD 27 AND TOWNSHIP ROAD 122. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED INTERMITTENTLY ON THE GROUND FOR 10 MILES IN A NORTHEAST
DIRECTION. THE TORNADO APPEARS TO HAVE LIFTED NEAR BELLEVUE
RESERVOIR IN HURON COUNTY. DAMAGE ALONG THE PATH CONSISTED MAINLY OF
DOWNED TREES...ALTHOUGH SOME STRUCTURES DID SUSTAIN SIGNIFICANT
DAMAGE. SEVERAL BARNS LOST SECTIONS OF ROOFING. ONE HOME NEAR THE
INITIAL TOUCHDOWN HAD A SECOND STORY WALL PARTIALLY COLLAPSE. THE
ATTACHED GARAGE ON ONE HOME LOST ITS GARAGE DOOR AND WAS LIFTED FROM
ITS FOUNDATION.
THERE WAS ALSO EVIDENCE OF EXTENSIVE STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE ALONG
THE PATH. CROP DAMAGE...ESPECIALLY TO CORN...WAS SIGNIFICANT."

More than 60 severe weather reports were logged from across the viewing area that afternoon.

These included wind damage to Cleveland City Hall (part of copper roof blown off) and wind damage to an RTA station near downtown (brick wall blown in).

Major flooding was also reported near Tallmadge in Summit County. High water over Fairgrounds Road washed two cars off the road into nearby ditches. Major flooding was also reported near Garrettsville, Kipton, Warren and Wooster.

*) July 20, 2013 - TORNADO DAMAGES URSULINE COLLEGE

It struck during the wee hours of a Saturday morning.

Luckily, the campus of Ursuline College in Pepper Pike was virtually empty. The tornado packed winds of 110 mph (EF1) as it blasted its way across campus.

Substantial damage was done to the gymnasium at the college. Other buildings suffered roof and siding damage.

Numerous trees were downed along the tornado's 1.3 mile long path. It was barely on the ground for 5 minutes before lifting back off the ground just across the street from campus. 

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