Monday night a massive storm front hit Dayton, OH bringing with it more than 3 dozen tornado warnings and a flash flood warning to the area. Throughout Ohio there were 21 tornadoes on May 27 2019 including an EF4 and three EF3s which left a devastating path of destruction throughout the Miami Valley area. Multiple tornados struck the Dayton area within minutes of each other according to National Weather Service investigators.
By Tuesday the Governor of Ohio had declared a state of emergency for Montgomery, Greene and Mercer Counties. AnyWeather Roofing and AnyWeather Restoration had their people out before dawn, as soon as the storm past to see how they could help…
– As seen on WYSO the Greater Dayton area’s NPR News station
National Weather Service Meteorologist Myron Padgett says so far he’s confirmed one EF3 tornado with winds up to 140 miles an hour. “It’s not very common that we have this type of magnitude and amount of tornadic activity in one particular area so it certainly is a fairly rare occurrence,” Padgett says, “and it would not be a usual event.”
In a busy residential and shopping area in Trotwood northwest of Dayton the sound of generators and hammers are filling the air at a group home facility for people with intellectual disabilities. Two dozen workers are clambering along the roof replacing missing tiles. Wet insulation and plywood poke through a ripped out wall.
After hiding with his own family in his basement during the tornado outbreak, he says he drove straight to Trotwood in the dark to see who needed help. He and his employees began work on the group home overnight…
“Right now we probably have something approaching 20 guys out here right now. We have probably another 15 that are on the road going to go to calls and doing that and then we’re going to have to pull in more people to handle the shopping centers [in Beavercreek]. That’s what keeps you going: knowing that we’re helping folks out,” he says.