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1:40pm Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for Indiana and Ohio counties from Miami/Wabash/Kosciusko/Noble/Lagrange east, until 7pm EST.

2:30pm Tornado struck Hartford City (Blackford County). Damaged grocery store, tore down trees. 6 injured.

2:31 pm Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Huntington County until 3:00pm.

2:39pm Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Adams County until 3:30pm.

2:45pm Tornado Warning issued for Adams County, northwest Jay County, and southeast Wells County until 3:30pm.

2:50pm Storm entered southwest corner of Adams County (radar).

2:55pm Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Blackford County and southeast Grant County until 4:00pm.

2:59pm Tornado two miles northeast of Berne (Adams County) damaged a house (14 minute lead-time from the National Weather Service...in other words, the Tornado Warning was issued 14 minutes before the tornado hit this location).

3:00pm Wind blew numerous trees down one mile north of Decatur.

3:02pm Tornado Warning issued for Van Wert County until 4:00pm.

3:05pm Tornado destroyed houses, barns, and a trailer 5 and 6 miles northeast of Berne.

3:11pm Severe Weather Statement issued for Wells, Adams, and Jay counties in Indiana. Mentioned tornado 2 miles northeast of Salem, Indiana, near the Indiana/Ohio state line. Also mentioned line of storms just to the west that was moving in to the area that was "capable of producing tornadoes".

3:13pm Tornado on Indiana/Ohio state line on northwest side of Willshire (Van Wert County) (radar).

3:15pm Tornado passed between Wren and Willshire (radar).

3:17pm Nickel sized hail 2 miles south of Upland (Grant County).

3:17pm Severe Weather Statement issued for southeastern Grant County and Blackford County.

3:24pm Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Jay County until 4:15pm.

3:28pm Tornado caused F4 damage on the west side of Van Wert (Van Wert County). 15 injuries and 2 fatalities.  Movie theater badly damaged during matinee showing of The Santa Clause 2.  Theater manager heard the warning and took patrons, including many children, to a safe location...there were no injuries or deaths.  26 minute lead-time from the National Weather Service.

3:29pm Severe Weather Statement issued for Van Wert County. Metioned "tornadoes just west and southwest of the city of Van Wert"..."Van Wert residents should remain in their basements or interior closets away from windows"..."People northeast of the city of Van Wert should take shelter now"..."This is a very dangerous storm with a history of damage".

3:30pm Tornado Warning issued for southeast Defiance County, east Paulding County, and west Putnam County until 4:30pm.

3:30pm Tornado crossed US 30 northwest of Van Wert (radar).

3:31pm Severe Weather Statement issued for Jay, Adams, and Wells counties. Mentioned "winds in excess of 70 mph are possible with this storm"..."remember that severe storms can produce tornadoes at a moments notice"..."seek shelter immediately".

3:40pm Tornado damaged structures 5 miles northeast of Van Wert (Van Wert County) (38 minute lead-time from the National Weather Service).

3:41pm Tornado damaged structures in Wetsel (Van Wert County) (39 minute lead-time from the National Weather Service).

3:42pm Severe Weather Statement issued for northern Van Wert County, southeast Defiance County, east Paulding County, and west Putnam County. Mentioned a tornado 4 miles northeast of Cavett..."this tornado caused severe damage in the city of Van Wert at 3:30pm"..."this is an extremely dangerous situation"..."if you are in the path of this intense tornado seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest floor of the structure immediately". Referred to the tornado as an "intense severe tornado".

3:43pm Tornado crossed into Paulding County (radar).

3:46pm Five injuries as tornado brought numerous structures down in Grover Hill (Paulding County) (16 minute lead-time from the National Weather Service).

3:48pm Severe Weather Statement issued for southeast Defiance County, east Paulding County, and west Putnam County. Referred to the tornado as "an intense tornado" two miles east of Grover Hill. Mentioned "this tornado caused significant damage in Van Wert at 3:30pm"..."this is an extremely dangerous situation"..."if you are in the path of this intense tornado seek shelter immediately".

3:49pm Tornado leveled a church in Roselms (Paulding County).

3:54pm Tornado Warning issued for Henry County until 5:00pm.

3:57pm Severe Weather Statement for southeast Defiance County, east Paulding County, northwest Putnam County, and Henry County. Mentioned a tornado 5 miles west of Continental. Mentioned "this strong tornado caused extreme widespread damage in the city of Van Wert along with injuries and a possible death"..."this is an extremely dangerous situation"..."if you are in the path of this significant tornado seek shelter immediately in the interior of a sturdy building on the lowest floor".

3:58pm Tornado crossed in to Putnam County northwest of Continental. Two homes were damaged.  Two people were killed when their trailer was destroyed.  (28 minute lead-time from the National Weather Service).

4:03pm Severe Weather Statement issued for Van Wert County. Mentioned "significant widespread damage occurred in the city of Van Wert at 3:30pm along with injuries and a possible fatality".

4:03pm Tornado crossed in to Defiance County (radar).

4:04pm Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for eastern Putnam County and Allen County Ohio until 5:00pm.

4:05pm Tornado damaged a barn and a silo, blew a camper over, and blew trees down near Ayersville (Defiance County) (35 minute lead-time from the National Weather Service).

4:09pm Severe Weather Statement issued for Defiance and Henry counties. Mentioned an "intense tornado" 4 miles southeast of Ayersville. Mentioned "this tornado caused significant damage in Van Werrt County"..."this is an extremely dangerous situation...if you are in the path of this intense tornado seek shelter immediately in the interior of the lowest floor of a sturdy building away from windows".

4:09pm Tornado crossed into Henry County (radar).

4:16pm Severe Weather Statement issued for Jay County.

4:19pm Tornado two miles northwest of Elery (Henry County) (radar).

4:20pm Wind damage...trees and power lines down throughout Henry County.

4:24pm Severe Weather Statement issued for southeast Defiance County, east Paulding County, and west Putnam County.

4:32pm Severe Weather Statement issued for Henry County.

4:33pm Severe Weather Statement issued for east central Putnam County and Allen County Ohio.

4:34pm Wind damage...trees and power lines down at Cairo (Allen County Ohio).

4:40pm Wind damage...trees and power lines down throughout Allen County Ohio.

5:00pm Severe Thunderstorm Watch canceled...the severe weather had left the area.


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