- Local Guide
NEW KNOXVILLE — A storm system that left a wide swath of damage along Ohio 219 near New Knoxville also spawned a tornado.
Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson told The Evening Leader that the National Weather Service confirmed an EF0 tornado hit the area along Ohio 219 Wednesday night and into Thursday morning. The tornado, which packed winds of approximately 85 mph, touched down for a 2 mile stretch along the road.
"We looked at the area of impact in New Knoxville and the amount of damage," Anderson said. "After looking at the videos and pictures I took last night and early this morning, it was confirmed that New Knoxville had a tornado."
An EF0 is the lowest tornado rating on the Enhanced Fujita scale. An EF5 tornado — the highest rating — has winds in excess of 200 mph.