Start Time: 9:24 pm EDT End Time: 9:27 pm EDT Rating: EF0 Estimated Peak Winds: 70-75 mph Path length: 0.8 miles
Start Time: 9:24 pm EDT
End Time: 9:27 pm EDT
Estimated Peak Winds: 70-75 mph
Path length: 0.8 miles
Width: 75 yards
Start Lat/Lon: 40.891 / -80.768
End Lat/Lon: 40.900 / -80.760
A brief tornado was confirmed in northern Columbiana County following a survey of damage in the Leetonia/Washingtonville area. Damage began just north of the Leetonia High School and was most concentrated along Leetonia Road, where numerous trees were snapped or uprooted. Minor fascia damage also was noted in this area.
The circulation then weakened as it progressed northeast, with tree damage continuing to the county line, where debris evidence seemed to end abruptly. NWS Pittsburgh observed no evidence of wind damage continuing into Mahoning County, which is coincident with a weakening trend in the radar-depicted circulation.
Damage earlier in the circulation’s track across Salem Township was sporadic and did not prove to be conclusively tornadic.
At its peak, tree damage was consistent with wind speeds of 70-75 mph near the beginning of the swath along Leetonia Road. The tornado was very narrow and brief, and additional wind damage just south and east of the tornado likely was caused by enhanced straight-line wind associated with the tornado’s parent mesovortex and rear-inflow surge.
Much gratitude is extended to the Columbiana County EMA and local fire chiefs for their guidance and assistance during this storm damage survey.