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 seven miles through parts of Columbiana County, OH.  Damage occurred in the town of Winona.  Per the Storm Data entry, several homes sustained damage with four of them completely destroyed.  A General Telephone Company equipment building was damaged.  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. 

Tornado Path

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

Corrected Coordinates based on damage reports:

40.808118/-80.925992    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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