Sunday thunderstorm rips through area leaving behind damage

Strong storms late Sunday afternoon left behind numerous amounts of damage across the local area.

Strong storms took down trees and power lines in Green. (Photo by Eric Poston)

Some of the hardest hit areas included the southern part of Green and the northern portion of Jackson Township. High winds brought down trees and power lines, which left many homeowners cleaning up Monday.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for northwestern Stark County, southern Summit County and southeastern Wayne County.

Several trees were down along Koons Road and Thursby Road. As of Monday afternoon, Thursby Road remained closed due to wires and a tree crossing the road.

One home on Gray Fox Drive in Green had siding peeled off from the high winds.

The city of Green closed portions of nearly 20 roads late Sunday night due to wires and trees being down. At one point Sunday evening First Energy reported over 3,200 people were without power in Green.

Between power outages and road closures, Green Local Schools canceled school Monday.

Many trees were also down in Jackson Township with several large ones falling on Pondera Street.

Tuesday the National Weather Service confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down Sunday near Canal Fulton at around 5:15 p.m. The storm traveled northeast 3.6 miles through Jackson Township and into the southern portion of Green before lifting up just south of the Nimisila Reservoir. Estimated peak winds with the tornado were 75 mph.

While southern Summit County and northern Stark County were hit hard, the National Weather Service confirmed an EF-2 tornado touched down in Shelby in Richland County. The path of the tornado was 17 miles long and wind speeds were estimated at 120 to 125 mph. The tornado resulted in six injuries.


This story was also published in The Suburbanite.