Goshen Ohio Tornado
GOSHEN, Ohio — Goshen Township Administrator Steve Pegram declared a state of emergency Wednesday after a tornado touched down, damaging multiple buildings and knocking down trees.
A tornado was on the ground around 3 p.m., according to Doppler radar. Two people were injured as a result of the storm, although Pegram said there were no serious injuries.
Pegram said: “At this time, only two confirmed infections have occurred – which is a blessing.
One was a firefighter who had been hit by a chainsaw, who had been taken to a hospital most likely due to stitches. One of them was a citizen who was hit by falling debris – conscious, alert.”
Pegram said people should stay off the road and asked those who don’t live in Goshen to avoid the area.
Significant storm damage can be seen near the intersection of OH-28 and Dick Flynn Road. Pegram said there was extensive damage to fire and police chiefs.
Videos and photos from the scene show that the fire station is partially collapsed.
Serious damage caused problems for first responders coordinating responses.
The crews managed to get their equipment out of the building.
There is also a gas leak at the fire station that Duke Energy is working on.
The roofs of other buildings in the area have been destroyed, including the one that houses a branch of Allstate Insurance.
A building housing the Beck Driving School was also destroyed.
The tornado came as a line of powerful storms was moving through the Tri-State, bringing winds of more than 70 miles per hour and causing power outages to more than 100,000 homes in the area.
A hurricane warning was in effect for the area and surrounding Claremont and Brown counties at the time.
An official survey by the NWS will determine the size and extent of a hurricane once the storms have passed.
No serious injuries were reported.