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CINCINNATI - Official NWS report on May 1st tornadoes

The National Weather Service has confirmed that three tornadoes touched down in the Tri-State Tuesday evening.

Survey teams went out Wednesday to follow the path of severe storms that ripped through Franklin, Butler and Warren counties Tuesday evening.

The National Weather Service, or NWS, has confirmed that damage stretching from Mt. Carmel, Ind., to just across the border into western Butler County, was in fact caused by a tornado.

Preliminary reports are that the tornado was an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale , with winds of up to 95 mph.  No injuries were reported.

At first, only one survey team was going to cover all three counties, but there was much more damage in Indiana than expected, so another team was sent to Warren County, near Lebanon. 

We have also learned that the NWS has determined two tornadoes did in fact touch down in the Lebanon area.  Both of them were EF-0 tornadoes with winds up to 80 mph, and luckily, there were no injuries.

Mary Jo Parker with the National Weather Service was in charge of surveying the damage in Warren County Wednesday afternoon and offered a bit of insight on what goes on in an NWS storm damage survey.

"We look at the damage degree patterns. We talk to people to see what they observed, and using that along with data from radar, we kind of piece things together," Parker said.

Read the official weather report at http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/iln/events/20120501/

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