By Kevin Williams
Those of you on the daily e-newsletter list will be able to put these photos into a better context, but I wanted to share some of what I saw, first in Celina, Ohio and then in the days ahead in Dayton.
Celina is a small community of about 10,000 people an hour north of Dayton, situated on the banks of the gorgeous Grand Lake. The town used to be best known for producing most of America’s Huffy brand bicycles. The bike plant closed almost two decades ago, but the time has been resilient and that resiliency will serve them well as they rebuild.
The tornado that ripped apart parts of Celina left other parts of the town unscathed. The tornado’s path was confined to the northwest corner of town (cold comfort if you live in the NW corner of Celina). The NWS estimated the wind speed of the tornado at around 150 mph which would put it solidly in the F3 category on a scale of 1 – 5. I’d not want to see what a 4 or 5 could do if a 3 could do this. Check out some of the awful scenes of destruction below: