Tornado Touches Down in Ohio, W.Va.; One Dead

By: WSAZ
By: WSAZ

UPDATE: 9/17/10 @ 7:50 a.m.
WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One person has died in the strong storm that hit West Virginia Thursday night.

According to emergency crews, a tornado touched down near the Belville area of Wood County.

State Police say a man from Belville was found in his home late in the evening. Our sister station, WTAP is reporting the man's home was destroyed by the storm.

According to state police, Route 68 south of Belville is closed at this time because so many trees and power lines are down in the area. State Police also tell WSAZ.com dozens of homes have been taken off their foundations.

Governor Joe Manchin is expected to tour the damage in Belville Friday afternoon.

Damage has also been reported in Wirt County near Palestine. State Police say trees and power lines are also down in that area.

Meanwhile, at least seven people have been taken to the hospital after a tornado touched down in Athens County. Damage has been reported all over the area.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the very latest information.

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UPDATE 9/16/10 @ 12:55 a.m.
ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- According to a news release from the Athens County Emergency Communications Center, at least 7 people have been taken to the hospital for injuries received during Thursday night's storm.

In the release, they report the path of the storm did significant damage to the Pine-Air Village Trailer Park in The Plains. Several trailers were turned over and residents were evacuated due to a gas line leak.

Athens High School was also in the storm path. Basil Rutter Field received heavy damage during the storm. There were students at the school at the time, they were all sheltered during the storm.

In the City of Athens, the Autotech facility on East State Street was leveled by the storm. No injuries were reported at this site.

The City of Nelsonville also saw some severe damage. At least 15 homes were destroyed during the storm. Three people were taken to the hospital and the Nelsvonville Fire Department is in the process of performing a home-to-home search.

In York Township, a number of roads have been closed down due to storm damage including:
Matheny Rd.
State Route 691
County Rd. 4
Spice Lick Rd.
Kimberly Rd.
Carbondale Rd.

According to the release, at least 200 people are in need of shelter. A shelter site is in the process of being established.

The Emergency Communications center asks for patience during this process because there will be a number or road closures due to downed power lines, trees and high water.

Continue to click on WSAZ.com for the latest information.

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Wood County, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- WSAZ’s sister station WTAP reports one Wood County man has died as a result of tonight’s storms. Wood County Sheriff Jeff Sandy says the Belleville man was found in a residence that was completely destroyed. The man’s name has not been released.

The majority of the storm system’s damage happened in The Plains in Athens County, Ohio. Several mobile homes were destroyed in the Pine-Air Village Trailer Park in Plains.

A resulting gas leak is causing additional problems and residents are being evacuated.

Keep Clicking on WSAZ.com for updates, photos and video.

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UPDATE 9/16/10 @ 9:55 p.m.
Athens County, OH (The Associated Press) -- Authorities in a tiny south central Ohio community say there are numerous injuries after what multiple witnesses described as a funnel cloud damaged homes and trailers.

Emergency personnel have gathered at a command center at Athens High School in The Plains, a community just outside of Athens, where the storm interrupted a girls soccer game and forced players to scramble to safety inside the school.

Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly tells WOUB-FM radio that dozens of emergency personnel are going house to house, searching for people who may be trapped. Power is out, there is a smell of gas, and Kelly says there are numerous injuries.

Kelly told the station there were at least four reports of a funnel cloud from witnesses in The Plains, Nelsonville and the Athens area.

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UPDATE 9/16/10 @ 9 p.m.
Meigs County, OH (WSAZ) -- Meigs County Dispatchers say they believe a tornado in the same system as an Athens County tornado has touched down in Reedsville, Ohio.

The Autotech Service Center on East State St. in Athens and the Athens Messenger along with several other homes and businesses have been damaged.

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ORIGINAL STORY
Athens County, OH (WSAZ) -- The National Weather Service reports that a tornado has touched down in Athens County.

Damage has been reported in several places, including trailers overturned on U.S. Rt. 33, and at least one Athens County building.


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