August 20, 2014

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Double whammy: Two tornadoes touch down in northern Medina County

Toppled trees fill the backyard of Joanne Wish’s home at 602 Memory Lane, Brunswick Hills Township.  “I’ve never seen anything like this,” she said. “I’m still in shock.” Two tornados touched down in and near northern Medina County on Tuesday afternoon as a line of severe thunderstorms moved through the area. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Toppled trees fill the backyard of Joanne Wish’s home at 602 Memory Lane, Brunswick Hills Township. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” she said. “I’m still in shock.” Two tornados touched down in and near northern Medina County on Tuesday afternoon as a line of severe thunderstorms moved through the area. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Loren Genson and David Knox | The Gazette

Two tornadoes slammed northern Medina County Tuesday afternoon — causing extensive property damage but no serious injuries.

A wind-snapped tree barely missed smashing into the home of John Lazorik at 4492 Lynnbrook Lane, Brunswick Hills Township. “I’m just so glad it didn’t come down on the house,” Lazorik said. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

A wind-snapped tree barely missed smashing into the home of John Lazorik at 4492 Lynnbrook Lane, Brunswick Hills Township. “I’m just so glad it didn’t come down on the house,” Lazorik said. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

The twisters were the second and third tornadoes to strike the county in less than a month.

“Three is definitely unusual,” said Frank Kieltyka, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, stationed at Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport. “Usually we only get seven or eight tornadoes across Northern Ohio in a year.”

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning at 1:33 p.m. indicating there was heavy rotation in clouds within a strong thunderstorm.

The first tornado touched down near Island Road and state Route 303 in Lorain County and moved east into Medina County, across Liverpool Township to Marks Road, the western border of Brunswick Hills Township — about seven miles.

Kieltyka said the twister varied in strength between EF0 (three-second gusts of 65 to 85 mph) and EF1 (gusts up to 110 mph).

Medina County sheriff’s dispatchers reported downed trees and shingle and siding damage throughout the northern portion of the county. A barn was reported damaged on Station Road.

Trees also were toppled in the residential neighborhoods of Memory Lane in Brunswick Hills Township just east of where the tornado ended.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Joanne Wish as she surveyed the tangle of trees downed in the backyard of her home at 602 Memory Lane. “I’m still in shock.”

On nearby Lynnbrook Lane, John Lazorik was in his garage when the storm struck.

“I didn’t see any funnel cloud — just wind and pouring-down rain,” he said. “I just watched the trees coming down.”

A tree in his backyard snapped, barely missing his home.

“I was so glad it didn’t come down on the house,” he said.

The second tornado touched down at 1:47 p.m. near Ridge and Boston roads in Hinckley Township.

 

The twister stayed on the ground for about 0.6 mile and lifted at the eastern edge of the Villeaire golf course off Boston Road.

Tree damage was reported on the golf course and there was roof damage to a home on Ridge Road.

Kieltyka said the second tornado was rated an EF1 and had estimated speeds of 94 mph.

Brunswick was hit by an EF1 tornado June 23 that came without warning after a thunderstorm collided with a cold burst of air moving south off Lake Erie. More than 10 homes were seriously damaged in that storm.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com. Follow her on Twitter @lorengenson. Contact reporter David Knox at (330) 721-4065 or dknox@medina-gazette.com.

A backyard treehouse was blown over at 599 Memory Lane in Brunswick Hills Township during Tuesday’s storm. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

A backyard treehouse was blown over at 599 Memory Lane in Brunswick Hills Township during Tuesday’s storm. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)