NWS: Radar showed tornado near Carlisle, Ohio during Monday storms

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Posted at 5:26 PM, Feb 27, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-27 22:37:56-05

CARLISLE, Ohio — The National Weather Service said a confirmed tornado was located west of Carlisle, Ohio during a string of storms that swept through Butler, Warren and Montgomery counties on Monday.

"It started getting super loud and then louder and louder," Canaan Kuykendoll of Madison Township said. "I just saw three trees get picked up and like tossed and they were just weightless."

The NWS said the tornado was near Carlisle, moving northeast at 45 mph between 2:40 p.m. and 2:50 p.m. Parts of Butler, Warren and Montgomery counties were under a tornado warning that ended at around 3:15 p.m.

Radar confirmed the tornado, NWS said, showing "tornado debris in the air." NWS officials are in the process of gathering reports from the area to determine more, the agency said.

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Debris detection near Madison Township during the storm

The storm came through the region from Indiana; around an hour earlier, Franklin, Ripley and Dearborn counties endured the tornado warning first, before it moved into Ohio, impacting Butler, Warren and Montgomery counties.

Residents in Middletown and Madison Township reported seeing a funnel-shaped cloud appearing during the storm.

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Radar near Madison Township at around 2:44 p.m. shows rotation happening within the storm around the time the National Weather Service declared a tornado near Carlisle, Ohio.

Kuykendoll was home when the storms swept through. He said he was upstairs playing video games when the roof started to tear off above him.

"It started flapping in the wind like paper and I was just so in shock," Kuykendoll said. "Then it was like misty and rain was hitting my face and I thought I was gonna fly or like get tossed."

The Butler County Sheriff's Office said its dispatch center received several reports of homes and property around Madison Township that were damaged or affected by the storms.

Matt Haverkos, director of Butler County EMA, said more than a dozen homes and properties were impacted.

The sheriff's office posted several images to Facebook showing downed trees, debris on rooftops and overturned trailers.

"We're going to be working with the National Weather service, our emergency management agency, Ohio emergency management as well as our local agencies and departments here to do some damage assessment (Tuesday)," Haverkos said.

No major injuries were reported in Butler County.

Not long after storms passed through the northern region of the Greater Cincinnati area, a tornado warning was declared for Adams and Highlands counties briefly, with radar showing some rotation in the area.

Damage in Butler County after storms