SHELBY, Ohio– Officials in Shelby provided an update on Sunday’s devastating storm during a news conference Monday afternoon.
An EF-2 tornado, with winds between 120 mph and 125 mph, hit the Richland County community Sunday afternoon. The National Weather Service said it was a half mile wide and traveled 17 miles.
Mayor Steven Schag said it touched down southwest of the city, near Hinesville Roadn and Settlement East, and continued on a diagonal. The tornado cut across the southern part of Shelby then moved northeast through several other townships.
The mayor, who took a helicopter ride to survey the damage, emphasized that Shelby isn’t the only town affected by the storm. Six people were injured and at least 30 buildings were damaged.
“Outside the city limits of Shelby, there were many homes, and farms and outbuildings that were hit by this tornado and flattened,” Schag said.
Rick Evans with the Richland County EMA said they have not been to all of the damaged areas because of downed power lines and blocked roads.
There will be a Red Cross shelter at Shelby High School Monday night, if there is a need.