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Tornado touches down in southwest Ohio; flooding plagues region


FELICITY, Ohio -- A tornado touched down early Sunday morning in southwest Ohio, causing damage to homes, vehicles and knocking down trees and power lines, reports say. There were no reports of injuries. It adds to the damaging weather in southwest Ohio as ...


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By Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com cpinckard@cleveland.com FELICITY, Ohio -- A tornado touched down early Sunday morning in southwest Ohio, causing damage to homes, vehicles and knocking down trees and power lines, reports say. There were no reports of injuries. It adds to the damaging weather in southwest Ohio as the Ohio River has surged over its banks because of storms and heavy rain. It had reached 60 feet Sunday and was expected to crest at 60.7 feet, WLWT Channel 5 reports. The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado touchdown Sunday but has not given it a rating, according to WLWTThe EF Scale ranks tornados from an EF0 (winds less than 73 mph) to EF5 (winds more than 200 mph). According to 10tv.com, a survey team is assessing the damage in Clermont and Brown countiesReports say the tornado touched down shortly after midnight. Mark and Danielle Riley of Hamersville, Ohio, tell WLWT that their car was crushed by debris from the tornado. "We all made it to the bathroom and then you heard the howling," Danielle Riley says"About two minutes later, we came out because there was a bunch of noise and racket out here and this is what we seen." A view from the Central Bridge in Cincinnati shows the flooding from the Ohio River.Liz Dufour, Cincinnati Enquirer via AP  The region continues to scramble in dealing with flooding from the Ohio RiverWLWT reports nearly every community along the river has reported floodingGov. John Kasich issued an emergency declaration for 17 counties along the river and in southern Ohio, the Associated Press reports. Flooding had reached Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, and rescue crews were called to New Richmond, Ohio, to check on submerged cars and homes, WKRC Channel 12 reports. In Dayton, a 6-year-old boy is missing after he fell into a swollen creek on Sunday, the Dayton Daily News reports. Two kayakers had to be rescued from the flooded Great Miami River in Whitewater Township, Ohio, according to Fox19.comThey were not injured. View Comments /* */ About Us About Cleveland.com About Advance Ohio Advertise with us Audience FAQ Contact Us Career Opportunities Community FAQ Subscribe The Plain Dealer Sun News eNewsletters Subscriber Service Media Insider Rewards View My Profile Pick up The Plain Dealer Report a Delivery Issue Place a Vacation Hold Make a Payment Cleveland.com Sections News Sports High School Sports Entertainment Living Politics Opinion Obituaries Jobs Autos Real Estate Rentals Classifieds Shopping Deals and Coupons Local Businesses Deals in Your Area Your Regional News Pages Beachwood Brunswick Lakewood Parma & Parma Heights Strongsville More Communities Mobile Mobile Apps More on Cleveland.com Videos Photos Interact with us Weather Post a job Post a classified ad Sell your car Sell/rent your home Sitemap & search Sponsor Content Follow Us Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Instagram | Pinterest Advance Digital Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy

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