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NWS confirms tornado in Girard

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GIRARD, Ohio - The National Weather Service has determined that a tornado did in fact touchdown in parts of Girard and Liberty Sunday afternoon.

Possibly the place hit hardest was Park Avenue in Girard where nearly every home showed signs of damage.

"It is ironic how it just followed Park Avenue," said Girard Mayor James Melfi.

Uprooted trees, damaged roofs, and entire play sets blown to their sides, even a 75-foot pine tree, nearly six-feet in diameter was split.

"As you can see it's kind of twisted, that means there was probably circular wind," pointed out Girard resident Sharon Ryzner.

The National Weather Service determined a tornado did touch down, but that's based on much more than just one tree.

"You want to look at the direction it fell, look at other things close by, what other directions other trees fell," said Meteorologist Bill Comeaux with The National Weather Service. "You have to take a lot into (consideration.)"

Based on the damage, the tornado was deemed an enhanced F-0, the weakest on the scale. The path of destruction stretched about three miles also impacting Liberty Township.

Overall, the damage of the storm will be enough to keep road crews, tree services and roofing companies busy.

As a reminder, anyone looking for home repairs following a storm should be aware of scams. Be sure anyone you hire is credited with the Better Business Bureau and it's not a bad idea to check with your insurance company for a list of companies they trust.

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