SPC Stats

Path length: 9.05 miles

Width:  500 yards

Fatalities:  1

Injuries:  16

Rating:  EF3

County:  Meigs (OH) / Wood (WV)

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 39.1571 / -81.7897   End:  39.1108 / -81.624   

Path appears to be too far north based on the Storm Data entry description.  Reedsville and Belleville hit.   

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Fifteen tornadoes are recorded in the SPC Database for September 15, 2010. The strongest was an EF3 that made a trek from Meigs County, OH near Reedsville over the Ohio River into Wood County, WV near Belleville. The estimated maximum winds were estimated between 150-160 mph. Per the Storm Data entry, in Meigs County, 22 structures were destroyed or had major damage. This was mainly mobile homes or single-family homes. There was a car repair shop that was destroyed. Two people in Meigs County were seriously injured. One man received rib and leg fractures when his truck was flipped. A woman was injured in the rubble of her mobile home. Per the NWS summary, her barking dog led first responders to find her more quickly. 

Per the NWS Charleston, WV, this EF3 in WV was one of the strongest to hit in decades. It also resulted in the state’s first tornado-related fatality since the early 1980s. A 57-year old man had taken shelter in the basement with his wife and dog. He went upstairs to get a flashlight when the tornado hit their ranch home. His body was found 150-200 feet in a field. A total of 10 homes were destroyed in Wood County. Another six homes had major damage and 27 residences attained minor damage. More than 15 outbuildings were destroyed.

Damage Path/Photos via NWS Charleston, WV

Overall damage path through E Meigs County, OH
Track of EF 3 tornado that affected Reedsville, OH
Overall damage path through SW Wood County, WV
Track of EF 3 tornado that affected Belleville, WV
Aerial photo of EF3 tornado damage near Belleville, WV via NWS Charleston, WV
EF3 Tornado damage near Belleville, WV
Aerial photo of EF3 tornado damage near Reedsville, OH
EF3 Tornado damage near Reedsville, OH

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