Tornadoes throughout the central United States experienced widespread damage from over 50 tornadoes, many touching down and wreaking havoc in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, with some of the worst damage in Indiana and Ohio, near Dayton.
A large, destructive tornado swept through the Dayton, Ohio, metro area and in Celina, about 60 miles north-northwest of Dayton on Monday night, May 27.
An Indiana town was also heavily damaged by storms late Monday, including reports of two tornadoes.
The National Weather Service tweeted Monday night that a “large and dangerous tornado” hit near Trotwood, Ohio. Trotwood is 8 miles northwest of Dayton. Some injuries were confirmed in that area, but officials couldn’t say how many people were injured or the extent of the injuries.
Tornadoes from Ohio and Indiana were packed so close together that one crossed the path carved out by another.
At one point, highway crews in Ohio had to use snowplows to clear an interstate, reported The Associated Press. Tree branches and rubble were plowed to the sides of road as an Interstate was blocked by debris, reported a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation.
“We’ll do a more thorough cleaning after we get lanes opened,” Matt Bruning told The Associated Press early Tuesday, noting two trucks would have to haul damaged vehicles from the side of the road as well.
National Service Reports said at least half a dozen communities from eastern Indiana through central Ohio suffered extensive damage, however, officials reported no fatalities as of early Tuesday morning.
About 5 million people were left without power early Tuesday in Ohio alone.
Crews were clearing a lot of debris from two counties near Dayton, as well as Montgomery County, which includes Dayton. A Montgomery sheriff said many roads were impassable.
Officials in Montgomery said an announced emergency shelter was later rendered unusable because of the storms.
“We do not know at this time if this was a tornado, straight-line winds, or what the cause was” of damage in Pendleton, 35 miles northeast of Indianapolis, said Todd Harmeson, a spokesman for the Madison County Emergency Management Agency.
Twitter users amid the storm took to social media, sharing video and images.
— Will Woodward (@Siluriandigger) May 28, 2019
In Naperville, Illinois, there were reports of golfball-sized hail.
— KEVOOO (@kevinpodolak7) May 27, 2019
An Indiana meteorologist shared photos of damage from tornadoes.
— Marcus Bailey (@marcusbailey) May 28, 2019