Path length: 16.67 miles
Width: 400 yards
County: Crawford, Richland
There was one tornado confirmed on Labor Day of 2017 (Sept 4). It traveled almost 17 miles through parts of Crawford and Richland Counties in Ohio. There were several areas that received EF2 damage with estimated max winds of 130 mph. Several garages were destroyed and a home was heavily damaged in the northern part of North Robinson. North of Leesville, a home was blown off its foundation and destroyed. In Richland County, 2 people inside the southeast corner bedroom of their home were thrown approximately 50 feet into their yard. They had minor injuries.
Storm Data Entry
An EF0 tornado touched down in rural Crawford County about three quarters of a mile west of North Robinson. The initial touchdown was in a cornfield west of Olentangy Road about half way between Lower Leesville Road and Crestline Road. The tornado then continued east and moved across the northern half of North Robinson causing extensive damage. The tornado briefly reached EF2 intensity as it moved through the town. Several garages were destroyed and one home was heavily damaged after losing a large section of roof. Other homes along the path sustained lesser amounts of damage, mainly in the form of lost siding or shingles. One home did have a brick chimney toppled. Tree damage in the town was extensive. The tornado continued east over open farmland and eventually crossed the Sandusky River. The tornado then intensified to EF2 as it crossed State Route 598 north of Leesville. A home along State Route 598 was blown of it’s foundation and destroyed. A second home nearby lost large sections of roofing. The tornado then continued east northeast snapping dozens of hardwood trees and leveling three farm buildings near where the Lincoln Highway and Krichbaum Road intersect. The tornado then followed a track nearly parallel and just north of Krichbaum Road for a couple of miles. Several more farm buildings were damaged or destroyed and a home lost a portion of its roof before the tornado crossed into Richland County north of the intersection of Krichbaum Road and Crawford Richland Line Road. The tornado was on the ground for just over 8 miles in Crawford County and had a damage path of up to 400 yards in width. Hundreds of trees and many power poles were downed along the damage path.
An EF2 tornado crossed into Richland County from Crawford County just to the south of Hook Road in rural Springfield Township. A home on Hook Road just west of Thrush Road sustained heavy damage. Half of the roof of the home was torn off and a bedroom on the southwest side of the house was destroyed. The attached garage on the northeast side of the house was also leveled. Two people inside the southwest corner bedroom were thrown approximately 50 feet and ended up outside in the yard. Both sustained minor injuries. An adjacent detached garage was also leveled. A riding lawnmower inside the adjacent garage was found 100 yards away in a field. The tornado then continued east along Hook Road for several miles causing tree and structural damage. A couple barns were damaged or destroyed and a few other buildings lost roofing or siding in this area. The tornado weakened to an EF1 as it crossed Horning Road. The tornado then continued across open land till it leveled yet another barn as it crossed State Route 314. The tornado strengthened again to EF2 intensity as it crossed Rock Road. One home on Stiving Road was destroyed when large trees landed on the roof of the home causing it to collapse. The house was also knocked off it foundation. Two adjacent homes also sustained damage and some outbuildings were destroyed. At least 5 vehicles at the three homes were destroyed or damage. The tornado continued east and weakened as it crossed State Route 39 just to the north of Cairns Road. The tornado finally lifted about a quarter mile east of Kline Road. Only minor tree damage was observed east of State Route 39. This tornado was on the ground in Richland County for around eight and half miles and had a damage path up to 200 yards in width. Hundreds of trees and many power poles were downed along the damage path.
Damage Photos via NWS Cleveland
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