A strong slow-moving cold front caused active weather across the Ohio Valley Wednesday evening, followed by true early autumn air today.
At least four tornadoes caused minor damage in northeastern Ohio Wednesday evening, with confirmed touch downs at Stow, Summit County, and three more brief touch downs Hiram, in Portage County. A Doppler indicated circulation triggered a tornado warning near Richmond, Indiana, along the I-70 corridor that did not reach the ground.
The National Weather Service office in Cleveland is conducting site surveys south of Stow, where there were reports of a possible touch down south of I-76 near Barberville, southwest of Akron. Tornado warnings were issued for all of these storms, and the Storm Prediction Center later expanded the tornado watch to cover northeastern Ohio, as well as the northwestern portion of the state.
All four tornadoes were relatively weak (EF0) with winds of 65-85 mph and only on the ground for a half-mile or less. The most significant damage occurred at Stow, where five homes were damaged, one with roofing torn off. No injuries were reported in of the storms that swept through the Akron area between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. along a warm front.
Winds of 40-60 mph were reported with the storms coming out of eastern Indiana that moved across the western half of Ohio Wednesday night, but they weakening as the rain congealed into a broad zone of wet weather over Central Ohio that ended before dawn.