Gary Garnett PPT for Directors

Millbury Ohio Tornado
June 5th 2010
Gary Garnet
National Weather Service
Cleveland, Ohio
Millbury Ohio Tornado Fast Facts:
•The seven fatalities from this tornado make it the second deadliest
tornado to hit the United States in 2010.
•Deadliest tornado in Ohio since the Niles/Newton Falls tornado killed 10
in Ohio, May 31, 1985
•The last multiple fatality tornado in the state was at Van Wert on
11/10/02 when 4 were killed. 4 were also killed at Blue Ash (Hamilton
County) on 4/9/99
•Since 1950 there have only been 4 F5's, 5 F4's in Ohio and 39 killer
tornadoes. This is the 40th killer tornado.
What lessons did we learn
from this storm?
Tornado enters Lucas County From
Fulton County around 11 pm.
Tornado touches down in Moline
(Wood County) around 11:20 pm
hits Millbury around 11:25 pm and
enters Ottawa County at 11:30 pm.
11:00 pm
11:07 pm
11:11 pm
11:25 pm
11:00 pm
11:07 pm
11:11 pm
11:25 pm
3D view of BWER
Tornado Watch #268
WFO Cleveland Tornado Warnings
Initial Tornado Warning
issued at 10:53 PM for
Lucas and Wood
Tornado Warning issued at 11:15
PM for Ottawa County
Tornado Warning Timeline of Events
• At 10:13 PM Tornado Watch 268 issued for 7 of
NW Ohio counties
• At 10:30 PM Lucas County receives a report of
rotating clouds and activates local dissemination
procedures for a tornado
• At 10:53 PM National Weather Service issues
a tornado warning for Lucas and Wood
Counties (Local Tornado Warning procedures
activated in counties)
• At 11:00 PM Skywarn damage reports
Received from Whitehouse (Lucas County)
Tornado Warning Timeline of Events (cont…)
• At 11:15 PM National Weather Service issues Tornado
Warning for Ottawa County (Local Tornado Warning procedures
activated in Ottawa County)
• At 11:20 PM Reports from Skywarn spotters about power line
flashes east of Perrysburg. Tornado reported on the ground 2
to 3 miles east of Perrysburg
•At 11:26 PM Severe Weather Statement issued by the
National Weather Service stating a “tornado was on the
•At 11:30 PM Ottawa County re-activates local
Tornado Warning procedures when they receive
a report of a Tornado on the ground in the county.
•Nocturnal tornado of EF4 intensity are very rare and
extremely dangerous
•Tornado occurred around the 11pm news and received
live media coverage
•Warning and preparedness programs were successful
•The actions of the National Weather Service, Media,
County EMA offices and various state and local agencies
saved lives.
•However… Can we do better?
4 Fatalities in Millbury.
Tornado was EF4
Ottawa County 1 injury.
Tornado was EF3 Intensity
3 Fatalities Near Lake Township Building
and Lake High School.
Tornado was EF3 Intensity
Fatal #1 Outside
Fatal #2 Home
Fatal #3 Car
The Story of Kathy Hammitt
• Bay Park Hospital at 10:15 pm
(Lucas County)
•Attempts to leave around 10:30
pm but is stopped by security
guards because of tornado alert
•Leave hospital shortly after 11pm
thinking the tornado warning is
over and drives into Wood
• They do not receive another
notification of the tornado warning
until they hear it on the radio
seconds before they are hit.
Lucas/Wood County Line
Fatal #4 Home
Fatal #5-#7 Home
Tornado in Millbury
• Approximately 25-30 minute lead time from warning issuance to
tornado strikes Millbury
•Lives saved because of long lead time but how much time is to
much time
•Tornado reports received with only 5-8 minutes remaining in the
warning. Re-enforcement of the warning difficult.
•Did victim come up stairs due to false sense of security and what
steps can we take to avoid this ???
Ottawa County Track
•15 Minute Lead
Time with benefit of
warning to the west
•Second activation
of local warning
•1 Injury No
Social Networking
I got a call from my sister who told me to get
to the basement and not ask questions”
“I received a text message from a friend telling
me about the tornado heading my way”
Warning information is being received and forward via social
networks. Instruments such as Facebook, Twitter, text messages
and cell phone calls are monitored on a regular basis. These
instruments can be effective in warning information
Public Response to Warnings
 Understand
 Believe
 Personalize
 Decide to act
 Respond
Lessons Learned
•Warnings and preparedness actions taken by the
local communities were effective in saving lives.
• Attempts should be made by local, state and federal
officials to convey a consistent warning message to
avoid confusion and illicit the best possible response.
•Long lead time warnings while beneficial can lead to
compliancy among residents. Re-enforcing the
warning when possible during the storm may assist in
keeping people aware and alert.
•Social Networking plays an important role in warning
dissemination and should not be ignored.

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