State of Emergency Declared In Tornado Damaged Counties

May 28, 2019

Tornado damage in Celina, Ohio.
Credit Jason Reynolds / WYSO

The National Weather Service confirms two tornadoes touched down in Pickaway County Monday night south of Circleville. 

One also touched down  near Laurelville in Hocking County.  Damage and storm strength assessments continue. Meanwhile, Governor Mike DeWine has declared states of emergency in three other Ohio counties after spending Tuesday surveying the damage left behind by tornadoes and severe storms that struck Monday night.

Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.  

DeWine declared states of emergency for Greene, Mercer, and Montgomery counties. He flew over Beavercreek and Celina to look at the damage and went on the ground to see the path of destruction firsthand.


“It’s devastating when you see it from the air. And it’s devastating when you actually go out and see the damage that’s been done to homes but then when you start talking to people who have lost everything, you really start to understand what a tornado can do.”


The declaration allows the counties to access more resources and support from state agencies.


DeWine adds that he plans to see what kind of federal support is available.