Ohio’s first 2021 tornado confirmed by weather experts

Credit: MaCabe Brown

Credit: MaCabe Brown

National Weather Service meteorologists on Saturday confirmed a tornado touched down Friday afternoon in Mercer County near Fort Recovery.

The NWS Wilmington office said a survey crew continues to review and document damage for the area.

Radar indicated a tornado at 4:11 p.m. Friday in Mercer County.

“A confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado was located over Fort Recovery, moving east at 30 mph,” the NWS reported Friday.

The survey crew responded to the area because of the severe thunderstorms that moved through the area Friday.

“A final assessment, including details on the magnitude and the path of the tornado, are expected to be completed and transmitted via public information statement later today,” the NWS reported.

This marks Ohio’s first confirmed tornado of 2021, the latest on record for the first such event of a season.

Several area counties, including Montgomery, Miami, Warren and Butler counties, faced tornado warnings Friday. The Fort Recovery incident is believed to be the only touchdown of a tornado.

No one reportedly was injured, but damage was reported to some residences and businesses around Fort Recovery. Some livestock reportedly died.