11 Straight Days of Tornadoes Have U.S. Approaching ‘Uncharted Territory’ – The New York Times

The federal government said Tuesday that its initial reports showed at least 10 tornado touchdowns across six counties, which were left to contend with spotty phone service, blocked streets, boil-water advisories and sporadic evacuations.

Tens of thousands of customers in the region were without electricity on Tuesday as emergency workers went door-to-door in some communities in search of victims. Ohio Task Force One, an elite search-and-rescue team, was assigned to work in part of Montgomery County.

[Read more on the tornado that left an Oklahoma town “shaken.”]

In Celina, a city of 10,000 people about 60 miles northwest of Dayton, an 81-year-old man was killed when the storm picked up a vehicle and slammed it into his home, said Mike Robbins, the Mercer County emergency management director. He said that at least seven people had been injured, three of them seriously, and that at least 40 homes had been destroyed or seriously damaged by the storm, which the Weather Service rated as at least an EF3 tornado, with winds of 136 miles per hour or higher.

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