McCLURE — Officials reported a funnel cloud touched down south of McClure Wednesday, striking a barn but causing no known injuries.
Henry County Emergency Agency Director Tracy Busch confirmed the funnel cloud. A barn was severely damaged in the area, throwing debris into the road and throughout a field across the road.
David Flowers, a resident on County Road 3, was approximately one mile east of the barn that was struck by the funnel cloud.
Flowers spoke to the Northwest Signal by phone Wednesday evening and said he was able to hear the roar of the winds while he was inside his barn. He said he noticed debris flying around outside as the funnel cloud passed over his property.
Flowers said he gathered family members to seek shelter, but the funnel cloud dissipated and was moving away from his property. He added the funnel cloud caused him no damages.
He said it went south of his building and it may have been part of what traveled to the area of state routes 235 and 281 in Wood County.
A message was left for the owner of the barn, Nick Rettig, but was not returned as of press time.
Power lines were also knocked down in the area.
Busch said he was monitoring the storm that was associated with the funnel cloud on radar, but nothing popped up prior to the strike.
“The radar was running and didn’t see it,” Busch said.
The Damascus Township-McClure Fire Rescue Facebook page stated a tornado siren was not sounded in the village because the storm popped up too quickly and there was no warning.
“We had no warning issued by the National Weather Service until after the storm was moving past our area. This storm literally popped up and went severe very quickly with no warning. This is why it is important to ALWAYS stay alert to the weather when the conditions favor possible severe weather. Be assured that the public’s safety is always our priority in these situations and that we do the very best we can with the information we receive from our dispatchers, Henry County EMA, and the National Weather Service. If you have any questions please contact us. Thank you,” the post read in part.
On Tuesday, Busch gave a severe weather presentation at the Holgate Community Library, sharing that severe thunderstorms are his largest concern.
“I think I’m more worried about a severe thunderstorm because they’re violent, they happen fast and sometimes they come out of nowhere,” Busch said. “Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are violent and fast-acting and there isn’t a whole lot you can do about it — Mother Nature is speaking.”
During Tuesday’s presentation, Busch said 80% to 85% of tornadoes are caught by radar.
“There’s 15% we don’t catch by radar,” Busch said. “Obviously, we like confirmation from somebody, a spotter or someone trained to let us know they see a tornado.”
Damascus Township-McClure Fire Department was called to the scene, as was the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio Department of Transportation.