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3 dead in Ohio after storms, tornadoes tear through Midwest and South

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Three people are dead from a powerful EF3 tornado in Lakeview, Ohio, after storms and twisters ripped through the Midwest and the South this week, according to officials.

Responders in Lakeview have completed grid searches for potential victims and everyone has been accounted for, officials said Friday afternoon. Lakeview is about 70 miles northwest of Columbus.

PHOTO: Residents of Lakeview, Ohio survey the damage following a severe storm, March 15, 2024.

Residents of Lakeview, Ohio survey the damage following a severe storm, March 15, 2024.

Timothy D. Easley/AP

PHOTO:  Damage from tornadoes is revealed in the morning light after tornadoes ripped through the Indian Lake area of Logan County, Ohio, March 14, 2024. This photo taken Friday, March 15, 2024 about 8 AM.

Damage from tornadoes is revealed in the morning light after tornadoes ripped through the Indian Lake area of Logan County, Ohio, March 14, 2024. This photo taken Friday, March 15, 2024 about 8 AM.

Doral Chenoweth / USA Today

At least 21 tornadoes were confirmed to have touched down on Wednesday and Thursday across seven states: Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri and Texas.

The EF-3 tornado in Logan County, Ohio, generated peak winds estimated to have been at least 136 mph.

A tornado in eastern Indiana had the strongest wind speed rating. High-end EF-3 damage was found by storm survey teams in a localized portion of Winchester, Indiana. In that area, at least two anchored buildings were destroyed, indicating winds of 155-165 mph in that violent tornado.

PHOTO: Tornadoes tear through Ohio captured on video by Ethan Hibner, March 14, 2024.

Tornadoes tear through Ohio captured on video by Ethan Hibner, March 14, 2024.

Ethan Hibner

PHOTO: Tornadoes tear through Ohio captured on video by Ethan Hibner, March 14, 2024.

Tornadoes tear through Ohio captured on video by Ethan Hibner, March 14, 2024.

Ethan Hibner

In Winchester, the reported tornadoes left 38 people injured, including 12 people who were taken to hospitals, Mayor Bob McCoy said at a news conference Friday.

McCoy said they were “very lucky” no fatalities were reported.

PHOTO: Tornadoes tear through Fryburg Ohio captured on video by Chad Steinke, March 14, 2024.

Tornadoes tear through Fryburg Ohio captured on video by Chad Steinke, March 14, 2024.

Chad Steinke

PHOTO: Lightning flashes while a tornado touches down near Fryburg, Ohio, on March 14, 2024.

Lightning flashes while a tornado touches down near Fryburg, Ohio, on March 14, 2024.

Chad Steinke

“There are houses that are leveled,” he said. “It could’ve been really bad.”

Twenty-two homes were “possibly totally destroyed” and 110 houses are “badly damaged,” McCoy said.

PHOTO: Homes and business take on extensive damage after an overnight severe storm Friday, March 15, 2024, in Winchester.

Homes and business take on extensive damage after an overnight severe storm Friday, March 15, 2024, in Winchester.

Grace Hollars/indystar/USA Today

Winchester is about 85 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

In Selma, Indiana, nearly half of the town’s structures have been damaged, according to the Delaware County Emergency Management Agency.

PHOTO: Debris covers the ground in front of a damaged home after severe weather passed the area, March 14, 2024  in Jefferson Manor Subdivision near Hanover, Ind.

Debris covers the ground in front of a damaged home after severe weather passed the area, March 14, 2024 in Jefferson Manor Subdivision near Hanover, Ind.

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles/AP

PHOTO: A tornado picks up debris as it travels near Fryburg, Ohio, on March 14, 2024.

A tornado picks up debris as it travels near Fryburg, Ohio, on March 14, 2024.

Chad Steinke

While the Indiana State Police said earlier there had been at least three fatalities in the state, at a press conference early Friday morning, Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said the information was not correct and no fatalities had been confirmed.



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