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Storms bring at least 3 tornadoes to Ohio

MARION, Ohio - A storm system spawned at least three tornadoes as it swept across northern Ohio, killing one person and leaving thousands of homes and businesses without power Friday morning.

In Marion, about 40 miles north of Columbus, a falling tree limb struck a sport utility vehicle, killing a woman as she drove during the thunderstorms that hit on Thursday, police said.

The tree limb smashed the roof of Shawna Stevens' Chevrolet Trailblazer in a residential neighborhood where she lived, police said. Stevens, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene.

In northeast Ohio, a tornado's 100 mph winds destroyed three barns and killed livestock near Lodi in Medina County, said Mark Adams, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland. Hail caused significant crop damage in the area, which is about 50 miles southwest of Cleveland, he said.

In nearby Ashland County, a tornado damaged Black River High School buildings and a nearby house, the agency confirmed. A third tornado hit Shelby, about 65 miles north of Columbus, tearing into the roof of a factory and downing trees.

Officials on Friday were investigating tornado sightings in Wayne and Summit counties, the Weather Service said. Approximately 1,100 Ohio Edison customers in Marion were still without power Friday, down from a high of 9,500 after the storms hit, said spokesman Mark Durbin.

Witnesses reported that the tornado in Shelby struck the Dofasco Copperweld plant, said Mayor Jim Henkel. The roof of the plant, which makes steel pipe and tubular products, was damaged and walls were blown down.



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