EF-2 tornado tore through Shelby Sunday, according to officials

30 structures damaged in the city of Shelby and Sharon and Jackson Townships

EF-2 tornado tore through Shelby Sunday, according to officials

RICHLAND COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - National Weather Service officials confirmed an EF-2 tornado hit the the city of Shelby Sunday afternoon.

NWS added that the violent tornado had wind speeds of 120 to 125 mph, and was a 1/2-mile wide.

Police and city officials held a news conference Monday, and stated the tornado damaged a 17-mile stretch of land in the city of Shelby, and Sharon and Jackson Townships.

According to city officials, a total of 30 structures were damaged altogether.

A Red Cross representative at the news conference said no residents took advantage of the shelter last night, so the shelter is closed.

The Red Cross representative also said they are driving around the area offering assistance for first responders and families.

If you need the Red Cross, please contact them at 419-524-4254.

The tornado left dozens of utility poles leveled, with varying degrees of damage across residencies.

A few caught in the storm sustained non-life threatening injuries.

See the damage below:

The damage is brutal in Shelby where a tornado hit Sunday afternoon. Community members are still feeling the effects but are finding strength together. https://bit.ly/2UBuihV

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Monday, April 15, 2019

The community has proven their strength through the storm; members in the community were serving breakfast for those affected at a local church this morning.

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