A public information statement from the National Weather Service in Wilmington confirms what people in Goshen suspected. It was a tornado that hit Wednesday afternoon doing significant damage.
EF2 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN CLERMONT COUNTY IN GOSHEN...
A STORM SURVEY TEAM FROM NWS WILMINGTON OHIO IN COORDINATION WITH
CLERMONT COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HAS CONFIRMED THAT DAMAGE
FROM THE TORNADO WHICH STRUCK GOSHEN, OHIO IN CLERMONT COUNTY
YESTERDAY, JULY 6TH IS CONSISTENT WITH EF2 CATEGORY WIND SPEEDS.
Goshen Township Administrator Steve Pegram says he could not believe how quickly it blew through. He says they only had about 30 seconds notice between the time the weather warning hit his phone and the tornado hit the administration building. A township firehouse suffered the most damage with about one third of the structure collapsing. Fortunately, no serious injuries have been reported. Over 100 utility poles were knocked down in the Goshen area alone and the township says it could take days to restore service.
At the height of the storms over 100,000 customers of Duke Energy lost power. To check restoration efforts, click here.