Strong Memorial Day tornadoes that spun through Ohio and Indiana smashed homes and businesses and sent thousands of people cowering in basements and closets, but just a single death was reported in the aftermath of the destructive storms.

Hospitals reported that as many as 130 people were injured after the tornadoes pounded communities in and around Dayton on Monday night amid a severe weather outbreak.

Officials said more fatalities were prevented by people doing what they were supposed to do when the tornadoes were heading their way.

Residents remove belongings from their damaged homes at the River's Edge apartment complex, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Residents remove belongings from their damaged homes at the River’s Edge apartment complex, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

In hard-hit Celina, site of the only Ohio fatality, Fire Chief Douglas Wolters cited alerts people received on their phones and extensive coverage by TV meteorologists ahead of the storm, giving residents a 10-minute warning.

“Everybody I talked to said they heeded the warning and went straight to the basement,” Wolters said Tuesday evening.

Southwestern Ohio hasn’t been nearly as lucky when tornadoes roared through in previous years. One of the most violent tornadoes ever recorded struck Xenia, Ohio, 15 miles (24 kilometers) east of Dayton, on April 3, 1974, killing 32 people and nearly wiping the city off the map. It was part of what meteorologists termed a Super Outbreak that spawned 148 tornadoes in 13 U.S. states and Ontario, Canada, in a 24-hour period.

Shaun Vaine, left, and Michele Thrash, right, stand in their destroyed home at the River's Edge apartment complex, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Shaun Vaine, left, and Michele Thrash, right, stand in their destroyed home at the River’s Edge apartment complex, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Early on April 9, 1999, a powerful twister smashed into Blue Ash and Montgomery near Cincinnati, leaving four people dead and at least 100 homeless.

The Memorial day tornadoes were followed Tuesday night by a vicious storm that tore through the Kansas City area, spawning more tornadoes that damaged homes and injured at least 12 people. Tornado warnings stretched as far east as New York City and the National Weather Service confirmed a touch down in Pennsylvania.

The storms Tuesday were the 12th straight day that at least eight tornadoes were reported to the weather service.

Shaun Vaine walks through his destroyed home at the River's Edge apartment complex, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Shaun Vaine walks through his destroyed home at the River’s Edge apartment complex, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

After Monday’s tornadoes, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency in the three counties with the most damage.

The storms were among 53 twisters that forecasters said may have touched down Monday across eight states stretching eastward from Idaho and Colorado. The past couple of weeks have seen unusually high tornado activity in the U.S.

The winds peeled away roofs — leaving homes looking like giant dollhouses — knocked houses off their foundations, toppled trees, brought down power lines and churned up so much debris that it could be seen on radar. Highway crews had to use snowplows to clear Interstate 75 near Dayton. One person was also injured in Indiana.

Pedestrians pass along storm debris on North Dixie Drive, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another. At least half a dozen communities from eastern Indiana through central Ohio suffered damage, according to the National Weather Service, though authorities working through the night had reported no fatalities as of early Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Pedestrians pass along storm debris on North Dixie Drive, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another. At least half a dozen communities from eastern Indiana through central Ohio suffered damage, according to the National Weather Service, though authorities working through the night had reported no fatalities as of early Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

In Celina, Ohio, 82-year-old Melvin Dale Hanna was killed when a parked car was blown into his house, authorities said.

“There’s areas that truly look like a war zone,” said Jeffrey Hazel, mayor of the town of 10,000 about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northwest of Dayton.

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Residents sort through apartments open up to the air Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at the Westbrooke Village Apartments in Trotwood, Ohio, after the roof was torn off from a severe storm the night before. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Residents sort through apartments open up to the air Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at the Westbrooke Village Apartments in Trotwood, Ohio, after the roof was torn off from a severe storm the night before. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Residents sort through apartments open up to the air Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at the Westbrooke Village Apartments in Trotwood, Ohio, after the roof was torn off from a severe storm the night before. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Residents sort through apartments open up to the air Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at the Westbrooke Village Apartments in Trotwood, Ohio, after the roof was torn off from a severe storm the night before. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Debris is strewn about as homes are open up to the air Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at the Westbrooke Village Apartments in Trotwood, Ohio, after their roofs were torn off from a severe storm the night before. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Debris is strewn about as homes are open up to the air Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at the Westbrooke Village Apartments in Trotwood, Ohio, after their roofs were torn off from a severe storm the night before. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Erica Bohannon leads reporters through her destroyed apartment, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Trotwood, Ohio, after a tornado storm system passed through the area the night before, tearing her roof off while she huddled with her son and dog in her bedroom closet. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Erica Bohannon leads reporters through her destroyed apartment, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Trotwood, Ohio, after a tornado storm system passed through the area the night before, tearing her roof off while she huddled with her son and dog in her bedroom closet. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Storm damage litters a residential neighborhood, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Vandalia, Ohio. A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Storm damage litters a residential neighborhood, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Vandalia, Ohio. A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A fallen tree lays across a trailer destroyed by a tornado in the Northridge suburb of Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (Marshall Gorby/WHIO-TV via AP)
A fallen tree lays across a trailer destroyed by a tornado in the Northridge suburb of Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (Marshall Gorby/WHIO-TV via AP)
Residents and volunteers help clear debris from damaged homes resulting from a tornado storm system that passed through the region the previous evening, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Brookville, Ohio.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Residents and volunteers help clear debris from damaged homes resulting from a tornado storm system that passed through the region the previous evening, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Brookville, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Residents and volunteers help clear debris from damaged homes resulting from a tornado storm system that passed through the region the previous evening, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Brookville, Ohio.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Residents and volunteers help clear debris from damaged homes resulting from a tornado storm system that passed through the region the previous evening, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Brookville, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
This aerial photo shows tornado damage at the Westbrooke Village Apartment complex in Trotwood, Ohio, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (Doral Chenoweth III/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)
This aerial photo shows tornado damage at the Westbrooke Village Apartment complex in Trotwood, Ohio, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (Doral Chenoweth III/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)
A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another.;
A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another.;
Pedestrians pass along storm debris on North Dixie Drive, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another. At least half a dozen communities from eastern Indiana through central Ohio suffered damage, according to the National Weather Service, though authorities working through the night had reported no fatalities as of early Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Pedestrians pass along storm debris on North Dixie Drive, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another. At least half a dozen communities from eastern Indiana through central Ohio suffered damage, according to the National Weather Service, though authorities working through the night had reported no fatalities as of early Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Shaun Vaine walks through his destroyed home at the River's Edge apartment complex, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Shaun Vaine walks through his destroyed home at the River’s Edge apartment complex, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Transeúntes pasan frente a los escombros de una tienda en Dayton, Ohio, el martes 28 de mayo de 2019, tras el paso de un tornado la noche anterior. (AP Foto/John Minchillo)
Transeúntes pasan frente a los escombros de una tienda en Dayton, Ohio, el martes 28 de mayo de 2019, tras el paso de un tornado la noche anterior. (AP Foto/John Minchillo)
Residents and visitors walk past debris at the River's Edge apartment complex, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Residents and visitors walk past debris at the River’s Edge apartment complex, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Pedestrians pass along storm debris including down power lines and poles along North Dixie Drive, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Pedestrians pass along storm debris including down power lines and poles along North Dixie Drive, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Pedestrians pass along storm debris on North Dixie Drive, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another. At least half a dozen communities from eastern Indiana through central Ohio suffered damage, according to the National Weather Service, though authorities working through the night had reported no fatalities as of early Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Pedestrians pass along storm debris on North Dixie Drive, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another. At least half a dozen communities from eastern Indiana through central Ohio suffered damage, according to the National Weather Service, though authorities working through the night had reported no fatalities as of early Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Residents remove belongings from their damaged homes at the River's Edge apartment complex, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Residents remove belongings from their damaged homes at the River’s Edge apartment complex, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Residents and visitors walk through debris at the River's Edge apartment complex, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Residents and visitors walk through debris at the River’s Edge apartment complex, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Debris is strewn about the front sidewalks of destroyed homes at the River's Edge apartment complex, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Debris is strewn about the front sidewalks of destroyed homes at the River’s Edge apartment complex, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Shaun Vaine, left, and Michele Thrash, right, stand in their destroyed home at the River's Edge apartment complex, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Shaun Vaine, left, and Michele Thrash, right, stand in their destroyed home at the River’s Edge apartment complex, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
The fourth-grade classrooms are exposed at the Grafton/Kennedy Elementary School in Dayton, Ohio after a tornado hit Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (Doral Chenoweth III/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)
The fourth-grade classrooms are exposed at the Grafton/Kennedy Elementary School in Dayton, Ohio after a tornado hit Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (Doral Chenoweth III/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)
Inspirational sayings are exposed at the fourth-grade classrooms in Grafton/Kennedy Elementary School in Dayton, Ohio after a tornado hit Tuesday, May 28, 2019. The roof was destroyed in this part of the school. (Doral Chenoweth III/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)
Inspirational sayings are exposed at the fourth-grade classrooms in Grafton/Kennedy Elementary School in Dayton, Ohio after a tornado hit Tuesday, May 28, 2019. The roof was destroyed in this part of the school. (Doral Chenoweth III/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)
A damaged tree covers the signage of the Wheatland Acres subdivision in Celina, Ohio Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Officials said in a statement that the northwest section of the city
A damaged tree covers the signage of the Wheatland Acres subdivision in Celina, Ohio Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Officials said in a statement that the northwest section of the city “sustained significant damage from a tornado” that passed through the community Monday night. (Cara Owsley/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
First responders are relieved at the apparent zero fatalities and minor injuries after a series of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight. Harrison Township Fire Chief Mark Lynch says much of the work is still ahead of them. (May 28)
First responders are relieved at the apparent zero fatalities and minor injuries after a series of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight. Harrison Township Fire Chief Mark Lynch says much of the work is still ahead of them. (May 28)
A series of apparent tornadoes hit Dayton, Ohio and its surrounding communities Monday, leaving a trail of destruction but no reported deaths or serious injuries thus far. Francis Dutmers of Vandalia, Ohio says he and his wife 'were lucky'. (May 28)
A series of apparent tornadoes hit Dayton, Ohio and its surrounding communities Monday, leaving a trail of destruction but no reported deaths or serious injuries thus far. Francis Dutmers of Vandalia, Ohio says he and his wife ‘were lucky’. (May 28)
Dayton, Ohio Fire Chief Jeffrey Payne says two tornadoes hit the area late Monday night. He also says no fatalities have been found, and only three minor injuries are reported. (May 28)
Dayton, Ohio Fire Chief Jeffrey Payne says two tornadoes hit the area late Monday night. He also says no fatalities have been found, and only three minor injuries are reported. (May 28)
The National Weather Service confirmed Monday night that a
The National Weather Service confirmed Monday night that a “large and dangerous tornado” hit near Trotwood, Ohio, 8 miles northwest of Dayton. It said early Tuesday that more than 70,000 outages across Ohio were affecting over 5 million people. (May 28)
An Indiana town was heavily damaged by storms late Monday, including reports of two tornadoes. Emergency officials say about 4,000 people lost power and dozens of homes were damaged. (May 28)
An Indiana town was heavily damaged by storms late Monday, including reports of two tornadoes. Emergency officials say about 4,000 people lost power and dozens of homes were damaged. (May 28)

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