Wild weather week yields two confirmed tornadoes

CLEVELAND - Our wild week of weather yields floods, hail and two confirmed tornadoes.

And what a week it was! Three days of heavy rain and on and off heavy rain and severe thunderstorms.

First, the heavy rains. A wave of low pressure traveling along a slow moving warm front Monday afternoon and evening stirred up slow moving thunderstorms that produced torrential rains across portions of Lorain, Medina, Western Cuyahoga, and Summit Counties. Elyria alone reported almost five inches of rain from Monday thru Wednesday, May 12-14, 2014.

The flooding began late Monday as the heaviest rains fell and then continues through Wednesday. Widespread basement flooding was reported from North Olmsted to Brunswick, from Cuyahoga Falls to North Ridgeville. Major flooding also damaged part of the iconic Cuyahoga Valley National Park Scenic Railroad. Flood waters undermined several roadways and the rail road tracks themselves.

Large hail dominated the storm reports on Wednesday, May 14. Most of the reports were for large near quarter size!

Two tornadoes were confirmed from the stormed that moved southeast through North Central Ohio late Monday afternoon and evening, May 12th.

The first twister touched down Eaton Township, 2 miles southeast of Elyria, in Lorain County. It registered EF-1 damage on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. That is: it produced winds close to 90 miles per hour. Roof damage occurred to a barn on that rural portion of the county as the tornado travel a path of about 1 mile.

The second twister occurred a short time later, at about 8:15 pm. This second one touched down just off State Route 3 in Montville Township, Medina County. Minor damage was reported to a couple of homes along Autumn Run Road. A few trees came down as well. This tornado was ruled an EF-0 on the Ehanced Fujita Scale with estimated winds near 80 miles per hour.

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