Monday, June 7 2010 6:11 AM EDT2010-06-07 10:11:45 GMT
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NORTHWEST OHIO (WTOL) - At least five people were killed when severe storms hit northwest Ohio Saturday night and Sunday morning. Reports indicate six tornadoes are confirmed to have touched down in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.
Earlier, it had been thought that seven people were killed. However, at a news conference Monday, that number was changed to five.
Thirty-six-year-old Mary Walters died along with her son, 4-year-old Hayden. The Wood County coroner also has identified three other victims: 56-year-old Kathleen Hammitt of Wauseon, 21-year-old Bailey Bowman of Walbridge and 46-year-old Ted Kranz of Millbury.
To date, it is the second deadliest tornado in the country this year.
Two of the victims, Mary and Hayden, 4, Walters, were mother and son. They were from Millbury and had spent Saturday evening with friends, along with Ron, Mary's husband and Hayden's father, and daughter Madison. Ryan and Madison were injured and are at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.
From Toledo Metroparks: Oak Openings is closed because of the high number of trees felled by last night's storm. It will be closed at least until Monday. Crews are there clearing walkways and assessing the damage.
There was a tornado confirmed in Dundee. The tornado hit around 2:17 a.m. Sunday.
West of town, some homes were leveled. Lots of trees are down in the area, especially along Tecumseh Ave. The high school postponed its commencement.
Folks were evacuated from Holiday Express; Splash Universe was severely damaged and several visitors were injured, though not severely. Cabela's was damaged as was the Fermi power plant, which shut down.
The storms damaged the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant. The severe weather triggered an automatic shutdown of the facility, but the damaged was contained to the roof and an exterior wall. There is no word yet on when the facility will re-open.
A Red Cross client assistance center will be open from 3:30-8 PM Sunday at St. Peter United Church of Christ in Millbury, OH (28505 Main St.). Those needing assistance for damaged or destroyed homes are encouraged to visit the center for help. The center will also be open Monday, June 7, from 9 AM-12 noon.
An Associated Press story:
7 killed in heavy storms sweeping through Midwest
MILLBURY, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say tornados and thunderstorms that swept through the Midwest overnight killed at least seven people in Ohio, destroyed 50 homes and damaged a high school gymnasium where graduation was to be held Sunday.
Two of the victims, Mary and Hayden, 4, Walters, were mother and son. They were from Millbury and had spent Saturday evening with friends, along with Ron, Mary's husband and Hayden's father, and daughter Madison. Ron and Madison were injured and are at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.
Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn in northwest Ohio says that among those killed were a person outside the heavily damaged Lake Township police department and a motorist on state Route 795.
Fire Chief Todd Walters of Lake Township says several people were taken to hospitals. Authorities are still searching through homes and Walters couldn't say whether anyone is missing.
The roof and a back wall were torn off the Lake High School gymnasium and buses were flipped and one was tossed across a school parking lot.
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For now, contact Northwood Police at 419-691-5053 for all police and fire calls for Lake Township, Village of Walbridge and City of Rossford.
Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer says three people are confirmed dead in Lake Township. He was up in a helicopter -- says the tornado's path was 7-miles long, 100 yards wide. It moved northeast across the township, destroying 50 homes and damaging 50.
A female was reportedly seeking shelter on foot near the Lake Township Police Department when she was killed. Her father has told Erica Shaffer that he was on the phone with her when she was in her car, trying to tell her which way to turn to avoid the storm. Sadly, she got out of her car to run and was killed.
Service Spring Corp. on Moline Martin Rd. lost two buildings. Workers are not to report to work until further notice. Contact Duane Deleon at 419-344-7352 for further information.
The Lake Township Police Department also sustained severe damage. The administration building is destroyed as well as police vehicles, according to Hummer. Residents with an emergency should still call 911, and the call will be routed to neighboring law enforcement departments.
Lake High School suffered severe damage to the building and has postponed the graduation ceremony scheduled for Sunday. Erica Shaffer talked with some students who said they wanted to come out today to help.
The superintendent says there will be a meeting Monday to decide when and where graduation will take place.
The Fulton County sheriff is requesting that people stay off the roads south of Cty Rd. E and east of 109 be restricted to residents only so crews can clean up the area.
The Red Cross shelter is open to those who lost their homes.
FROM: Fulton County commissioners:
Contact: Fulton County Emergency Operations Center 419-337-9207.
The Red Cross Shelter at Delta Memorial Hall will close at 6 a.m. It will open again from 1–4 p.m. to meet with families who need assistance as a result of the storm. Anyone needing to speak with someone before 1 p.m., please call 419-822-6384.
Individuals or groups wanting to assist with cleanup will need to register at the Volunteer Reception Center which will be open at the Fulton County Senior Center on Monday, 6/7/10, at 9:30 a.m.
A horse farm in Whitehouse reports the horses are missing.
Thousands of customers are without power across northwest Ohio.
A note from the Greater Toledo Area Chapter of the American Red Cross:
The Greater Toledo Area Chapter of the American Red Cross have been on the scene since around 3AM Sunday morning helping families affected by the severe weather and tornadoes overnight. Volunteers are providing emergency personnel with snacks and beverages in Lake Township and have had shelters open in Delta and Waterville. Once daylight, disaster volunteers will begin doing damage assessments on the homes which at this time is estimated at 20-30 homes.
A viewer sent in a See It, Snap It, Send It photo of a train that derailed in Walbridge. Many reports of damage, including at the Friendly Village mobile home park