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WATCH: NWS confirms three tornadoes on Friday

One was a EF-1, while the other two were EF-0s
Highland County tornado video
Posted at 6:29 PM, Mar 03, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-06 09:11:03-05

HIGHLAND CO., Ohio — The National Weather Service has confirmed there were three tornadoes during Friday evening's severe weather outbreak. Two of them occurred in Highland County and the other was in Clermont County.

According to a completed survey, there was a EF-1 tornado west of Hillsboro, which started in Mowrystown and ended in New Vienna. That tornado traveled 14.4 miles and produced estimated maximum wind speeds of 100 mph.

The NWS then found a second, less strong tornado in New Vienna. The EF-0 tornado only traveled less than a mile but still produced estimated winds of 80 mph.

A third tornado was confirmed in Clermont County, just to the west of Bethel. This tornado started near the intersection of Sugartree Rd and Bethel-New Richmond Rd. It traveled 1.3 miles to the north before lifting short of OH-128 to the south. The max wind speed was 85 mph.

Friday evening, multiple videos posted on social media showed a tornado traveling through Highland County.

Zack Cheney shared a video of what appears to be the tornado in Lynchburg, which sits in Highland and Clinton counties.

Perhaps the best view is the one from Jennifer Hammond's Ring camera. Her camera captured a tornado tearing through her backyard.

Highland County was under a Tornado Warning until around 6 p.m. Friday. WCPO meteorologist Brandon Spinner said doppler radar indicated that a tornado likely moved through the area around 5:25 p.m., and both debris signature and gate-to-gate shear was shown.

Video from Misha Blankenship also showed apparent cloud rotation in Danville, Ohio.

The storm traveled from Brown County, which was also under a Tornado Warning. Blaine Pinkerton shared a photo of the storm traveling through the area.

There was extensive weather damage throughout the entire Tri-State as the heavy storms have rolled through Friday. Thousands remained without power well into Saturday, and high winds toppled trees over and ripped roofing off of houses.

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