Dayton Area Hit by Major Tornado – USAF, Locals Assess Damage
Montgomery County, Dayton, Ohio — A tornado ripped through the Dayton area on Monday, leaving what was described as a ‘war zone’ behind. Wright-Patterson Air Force base was not left out of the destruction, as about 150 homes were damaged in The Prairies off base development, as well as numerous vehicles, according to the Air Force Times. Severe weather continues its rampage across the country, as tornadoes remain a danger on Wednesday.
A large, dangerous tornado touched down last night in northwest Montgomery County, we are focused on supporting life saving measures, such as shutting down gas lines or locating people who are trapped by debris. Call 911 or contact your local fire station for emergency assistance— Montgomery County (@MCOhio) May 28, 2019
#TornadoUpdate Tues 12pm: DP&L is dedicated to safe restoration efforts following catastrophic damage caused by tornadoes Monday night. More than 70,000 customers have been impacted, approx 53,000 remain out at noon Tuesday. #DaytonTornado pic.twitter.com/b7zpGXFJbH— Dayton Power & Light (@DPLToday) May 28, 2019
The USAF has been assessing the damage at Wright-Patterson after the tornado. Fire department personnel, base Chaplains, and security forces went door to door to check on residents and determine the condition of the buildings. They have set up a center for claims for military personnel affected by the tornado.
Montgomery County went into a boil advisory for water, as the disaster took out electricity across the region. Several places provided bottle water for people to drink and churches and schools provided shelters for the displaced. At least 4 Ohio counties have been affected.
Current shelter locations:— Montgomery County (@MCOhio) May 28, 2019
Corinthian Church, 700 N. James H. McGee, Trotwood
Morton Middle School, 8555 Peters Pike, Vandalia
The Ridge Church, 7555 Brookville-Phillipsburg Road
First Baptist Church, Kettering
Hoffman Methodist Church (Miami County), 2010 S. Main St.
Damage across the area was extensive, but amazingly, only one fatality was reported in Celina, Ohio. At least 40 people were taken to area hospitals. Indiana was also in the tornado strike zone. Linwood, Kansas was hit with a massive, mile wide tornado on Tuesday, throwing debris up to 50 miles away, according to Accuweather.
Latest on Ohio and Indiana storms:— WCPO (@WCPO) May 28, 2019
▪️One confirmed death in Celina, Ohio
▪️National Weather Service heading to 4 Ohio counties today
▪️About 40 people with storm-related injuries at Dayton-area hospitals#Daytontornadohttps://t.co/dCWdZ6FzDP
A lot of people appear to be oblivious to the plight of others these days. They only care about themselves. Jamie Simpson, meteorologist for Fox45, had to break into “The Bachelorette” television show on Monday to warn people of the dangerous tornado bearing down on the Montgomery County/Dayton area. Many viewers were incensed that their precious “reality” show was interrupted. IT WAS A TORNADO. Jamie was pretty sick of it:
“Viewers are complaining already, ‘Just go back to the show.’ No. We’re not going back to the show, folks. This is a dangerous situation, OK? Think about if it was your neighborhood. I’m sick and tired of people complaining about this. Our job here is to keep people safe and that’s what we’re going to do. Some people complaining that it’s all about my ego — stop. Just stop right now. It’s not. I’m done with you people! I really am. This is pathetic.” Jamie Simpson
It’s sad when people are so enamored with a reality TV show that they don’t pay attention to danger bearing down on them. But to put their stupidity in perspective, we’ll leave you with this tweet that shows the absolute power of a tornado. Maybe these folks should be more aware, don’t you think?
Featured photo: screenshot via Twitter, @AClementsWKRC