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.
The second tornado was roughly 2.5 miles southwest of New Vienna, OH. This was only a path of 0.9 miles and 150 yards wide. HOWEVER, after seeing the results of the surveys, it shows that both of these tornadoes were occurring at the same time. #WCPO @WCPO #CincyWX #OHwx pic.twitter.com/aC3UHLvo3d— Brandon Spinner WCPO (@wxSpinner89) March 4, 2023
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.
A third tornado has been confirmed in Clermont county from Friday. It was just to the west of Bethel and has been rated an EF-0. The path was 1.3 miles long with a max width of 200 yards. #WCPO @WCPO #OHwx #CincyWX pic.twitter.com/9MmvDWD0fM— Brandon Spinner WCPO (@wxSpinner89) March 5, 2023
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.
Incredible close-up video of a possible tornado from a viewer in Lynchburg. @WCPO— Valerie Lyons (@VLyonsTV) March 3, 2023
🎥: Zack Chaney pic.twitter.com/6o6E7sDU0Q
Perhaps the best view is the one from Jennifer Hammond's Ring camera. Her camera captured a tornado tearing through her backyard.
WHOA! Video from Jennifer Hammond's Ring camera caught the tornado going through her yard in Highland County 😳 https://t.co/GTpDtktBOA pic.twitter.com/7d8Tcc6WXN— WCPO 9 (@WCPO) March 4, 2023
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.
Doppler radar showing what was likely a tornado that moved through Highland counties around 5:25pm this evening. Debris signature & gate to gate shear both showing up, @wcpo #wcpo #CincyWX @cINCYwxMAN pic.twitter.com/f0tgDVre2d— Brandon Spinner WCPO (@wxSpinner89) March 3, 2023
Video from Misha Blankenship also showed apparent cloud rotation in Danville, Ohio.
WOW! This video from Misha Blankenship shows what appears to be a tornado traveling through Highland County. https://t.co/Y4ofaes3Mq pic.twitter.com/dIbv9TfwxD— WCPO 9 (@WCPO) March 3, 2023
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.
5:30 pm north of Mt Orab, OH facing Northeast toward Hillsboro @WCPO pic.twitter.com/MgJ8ozRCeQ— Blaine Pinkerton (@blainepink) March 3, 2023
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.