SPC Stats

Path length: 7.3 miles

Width:  250 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  4

Rating:  F3

County:  Columbiana

One tornado is listed in the SPC Database for October 12, 1978.  It was given a rating of F3 and traveled about 7 miles through parts of Columbiana County, OH.  Damage occurred in the town of Winona.  Four homes were completely destroyed.  The Spring Valley Trailer Park was hit and several mobile homes were damaged or destroyed.  There were four injuries. Howard Bailey, his wife and daughters where injured when their brick home was hit by the twister. 

Storm Data Entry

A strong tornado moved from southwest to northeast touching down first about 2 miles southwest of Winona and lifting off about 5 miles north northeast of Winona.  Several homes were extensively damaged with four of them being total losses. Also, a number of mobile homes were damaged or destroyed in the Spring Valley Trailer Park.  Four members of a family were injured when their home collapsed.

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 40.80 / -80.92      End: 40.88 / -80.82

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

Newspaper Clippings

Discrepancies:

We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the October 1978 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • Very small difference here….SPC/NCDC have 7.3 for the length while Grazulis and Storm Data have a length at 7 miles.

      Sources:

      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      October 1978 Storm Data Publication

      newspapers.com

      Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1205.

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