ELYRIA — A weather system that moved through Ohio on Sunday prompted tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings, but caused little damage in Lorain County.
Shelby in Richland County wasn’t as lucky. The Cleveland office of the National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down about 4:45 p.m. in the city.
Raelene Campbell, a meteorologist for the weather service, said there were numerous reports of fallen trees, power outages and damage to structures. Winds were so forceful that the roof was taken off the Rocket Chevrolet dealership in town.
She said meteorologists from the Cleveland office will visit Shelby today to determine the magnitude of the tornado.
Savannah, a village 10 miles from Ashland, also was hit with severe weather, Campbell said, and meteorologists will visit today to determine if the damage there was caused by a tornado.
Lorain County received little damage from the storm with the exception of Wellington, which had some fallen trees reported to the weather service.
The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for Lorain County from 5 to 5:45 p.m. and a severe thunderstorm warning from 5:35 to 5:55 p.m.
Campbell said Sunday’s weather was caused by a low-pressure system from the southwest moving a warm front across the area late Saturday afternoon. The area began to have high moisture, low pressure and warmer weather, a breeding ground for severe weather like tornadoes and thunderstorms.
By Sunday evening, Campbell said the severe weather had subsided in the area.
With tornado season lasting from March through July, what happened Sunday wasn’t too unexpected, Campbell said.
“It’s impossible to tell if we’re going to have many days like this, but it is not abnormal that we would have any severe weather like this,” she said.