At least one person is dead and 12 injured after a severe storm system including tornadoes hit the Dayton, Ohio, area. About 68,000 households and businesses in the state were without power as of Tuesday.
Mayor Jeffrey Hazel of Celina, Ohio, about 80 miles north of Dayton, said in a news conference Tuesday that an 81 year old man died when the storm pushed a vehicle into his home. Mercer County Emergency Management Director Mike Robbins said that at least 12 people were injured in the wake of the storms and extensive damage. The Ohio Department of Transportation used snow plows to remove debris off Interstate 75.
The National Weather Service confirmed a “large and dangerous” tornado on the ground near the Dayton suburb of Trotwood in Montgomery County. The National Weather Service said the power outages were affecting 5 million people across the state.
The western Ohio storms mark 13 consecutive days of tornadoes in the U.S., with at least eight tornadoes a day.