52 tornadoes may have touched down across eight states overnight

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Tuesday morning, meteorologists were busy gathering the damage reports from weather spotters across the state to get an accurate picture of the storm that produced winds in excess of 70 miles per hour, hail and flash flooding as some areas - already inundated by a particularly wet streak - received almost an inch of rain in as little as 20 minutes.

The weather service will be conducting damage surveys for the next few days in the areas of Celina, New Madison, Laura, Dayton, and Laurelville.

"Trying to clear the debris in the middle of the night is a hard task, complicated by darkness and downed power lines", Bruning said.

"A large, unsafe tornado touched down last night in northwest Montgomery County, we are focused on supporting life-saving measures, such as shutting down gas lines or locating people who are trapped by debris", a post on the county's Twitter page said. The NWS first tweeted about a "CONFIRMED LARGE AND DANGEROUS TORNADO ON THE GROUND NEAR TROTWOOD, OHIO" around 11 p.m. Several apartment buildings were damaged or destroyed, including the Westbrooke Village Apartment complex, where an aerial photo shows the roof blown off entirely. Trucks with plows were scraping tree branches and rubble to the side to get the major north-south route reopened, according to Matt Bruning, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation.

"Just before midnight, and less than 45 minutes after that tornado cut through, the National Weather Service warned another one was traversing the same path, churning up debris densely enough to be seen on radar", adds the article.

"We've had injuries ranging form lacerations to bumps and bruises from folks being thrown around in their houses due to the storms", she said.

"Everyone, I was just directly hit by a tornado here in Dayton, Ohio".

In Trotwood, Mayor Mary McDonald reported "catastrophic damage" in the community of some 24,500 people.

In Brookville, west of Dayton, the storm tore roofs off schools, destroyed a barn and heavily damaged houses. He said other crews are also clearing debris northwest of Dayton in Mercer and Darke counties.

Injuries were reported around the cities of Dayton and Celina, but exact numbers were not immediately clear as rescue efforts continued. The company said 64,000 of its customers alone were without power.

Montgomery County, which includes Dayton, said Red Cross shelters had been set up across the region, offering water and food. That advisory extends to the city itself and any municipalities in Montgomery County which use Dayton's water supply.

The latest storm follows tornadoes and floods killed at least six people in Oklahoma during the previous week, including two people in El Reno on Saturday.

Early on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted his support for Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, a Republican, and for those who suffered from storm damage in Oklahoma.



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