Five people are dead after deadly storms ripped through Ohio Sunday.

November 11, 2002

The storms that swept across Ohio killed five people. The Van Wert county sheriff says one person died in Van Wert County in a house, another died in a car. In Putnam County, the sheriff says Denver Branham and his wife were killed when the storm destroyed their mobile home. His daughter Maggie is in critical condition in a Lima hospital. A fifth person died in Republic, in Seneca County when a house was leveled by the severe storms.

The National Weather Service says at least four tornados packing 100 mile an hour winds touched down in Van Wert County. Trained weather spotters reported multiple tornados throughout Northern Ohio.

Emergency officials in many Ohio counties reported widespread damage to barns, homes and businesses. Columbus and Mansfield reported whipping winds and golf ball-sized hail.

Police also say people were trapped inside buildings in Twinsburg. There was also a lot of debris on the ground.

In Solon, storms ripped through back yards, leaving people who live there without electricity. Trees were uprooted, garages and pools were smashed and power lines were blown down.

A lot of people lost power Sunday night. Toledo Edison said 15-thousand people are without power Sunday night because of the storms. 11,000 of those people are in Bellevue, Port Clinton, and Norwalk. Power may not be on until Monday or possibly Tuesday.

Cincinnati dodged much of the strongest winds. Tornados never materialized there. Many trees fell and roads flooded.


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