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Tornado touches down in Mahoning County

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CANFIELD, Ohio -

The National Weather Service confirmed what many people in Canfield and Ellsworth Township already suspected, a tornado touched down leaving a trail of damage through those communities.

"The tornado did touch down, at times you could see it was at tree top level," said William Comeaux, with the National Weather Service.

Along State Route 224 in Ellsworth Township, damage from the storms path begins.  One home was ripped to the bare bones, windows broken in and siding torn off.

In Canfield, along Raccoon Road, Mike Giuliani told a similar story, this time with multiple trees making their way inside his home, where his wife was sitting.

"She heard it coming, she got up to shut the front door. In the meantime, right where she was sitting in the kitchen, a branch came down through the ceiling in the kitchen, about 3 feet, and close to right where she was at," said Giuliani.

Also in Canfield, David Neill spent Tuesday afternoon picking up his daughter's toys. They were buried underneath doors and other debris after strong winds ripped through his garage and tore up his fence.

"Neighbors called and said we had a storm come through, better get home quick," said Neill.

What was difficult about this storm was that it wasn't accompanied by a tornado watch or warning, therefore emergency sirens never sounded.

"This is the season when we have thunderstorms moving through the area, and when you have the thunderstorms, there is always a chance they could produce a funnel," said Comeaux.

Officials determined the tornado may have reached wind speeds up to 90 miles per hour and the funnel was estimated to be between 600 and 800 yards wide.

Considering all the factors, things could have been a lot worse, and many families are thankful no one was injured.

 

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