Goshen Township homes, businesses damaged after tornado,

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Crews are continuing to assess damage in Goshen, Ohio where powerful storms, an EF2 tornado and an EF1 tornado hit on Wednesday. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF2 tornado touched down in Goshen during Wednesday’s storms.NWS said after surveying the damage, they confirmed in coordination with Clermont County Emergency Management that damage from the tornado is consistent with EF2 category wind speeds.NWS confirmed an EF2 tornado with winds at 135 mph touched down along a 4.5 mile path.NWS confirmed Friday that another EF1 tornado touched down in Clermont County in the Bell Meade Farms neighborhood near Loveland. Officials said the tornado intensified as it crossed Belle Meade Farms Drive and Three Chimneys Lane where dozens of trees were snapped and uprooted. Goshen Township administrator Steve Pegram said there are three reported injuries, two residents hit by falling debris with one undergoing surgery, and one firefighter injured while using a chainsaw to move debris.A state of emergency remains in effect for the area. Pegram estimates there are around 150 to 200 structures that they know are damaged. Some of the hardest-hit buildings include the police station, fire station and schools.”We’re lucky, we’re very blessed, it could have been a lot, lot worse,” Pegram said.Duke Energy said the damage in Goshen will require much of the town’s electrical system to be rebuilt, pushing restoration into Sunday. The storm also destroyed numerous electric transmission and distribution facilities, including substations, utility poles, power lines and other key system components, the company said. Pegram said Duke has dozens of crews already in the area and hundreds on the way. Pegram said the hardest-hit areas were in more rural communities so not as many houses were hit hard.”We have a lot of power that is out and it will be days before it’s restored,” Pegram said.He said those who don’t have power should plan through the weekend, and make sure they have a place to go. There is an emergency shelter at Goshen High School at 6707 Goshen Road for any residents that need resources like food, water and oxygen for those who rely on it.The county emergency management has also established a hotline for help. The number is 513-735-8500. On Friday, officials said they will be coordinating dumpster drop offs for debris clean up and will send a notice to the community once they are ready for drop offs. “Slowly but surely, power is coming on,” Pegram said. ” But especially in the downtown Goshen area, and moving south, Woodville Pike Cedarville Road, it may be days before those people have power again.” Pegram said the storm hit about 30 seconds after he received a weather alert so it wasn’t even enough time to hit the siren at the firehouse.”They definitely had that stunned look on their face that they just gone through something scary,” Pegram said. Pegram said Goshen is a tight-knit community and people have been helping others since the storm hit.”What happens in Goshen, we take care of our own,” Pegram said. “Neighbors helping neighbors.””We didn’t have time to talk about it. We got the trucks out of the building and started to respond to calls,” he continued. Pegram said he can’t estimate damage costs yet but said the township insurance company has been on site and said to address damage now and worry about the cost later. Residents were shaken up by the storms that hit Goshen. “It was the worst thing that I’ve ever been through. The sound was, it was deafening,” resident Nan Pitman said. “I thought I would walk up the stairs and find nothing and thank God I didn’t and thank God everybody’s OK, but I’ve never been through anything like this in my life and I hope I never have to go through it again. Viewers sent in photos and videos of the damage to the area.The Goshen Fire Department took a major hit as strong winds ripped off the roof of the building. Firefighters were inside the station during the damage, luckily no one was hurt. VIDEO: Goshen Twp residents react to severe storms, tornadoOfficials are warning residents to be cautious of down power lines and trees. Several roads are closed as emergency crews work to clear debris. A full list of road closures can be found here. Duke Energy officials said if you come across a down power line, do not attempt to move it and call 911.

Crews are continuing to assess damage in Goshen, Ohio where powerful storms, an EF2 tornado and an EF1 tornado hit on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF2 tornado touched down in Goshen during Wednesday’s storms.

NWS said after surveying the damage, they confirmed in coordination with Clermont County Emergency Management that damage from the tornado is consistent with EF2 category wind speeds.

NWS confirmed an EF2 tornado with winds at 135 mph touched down along a 4.5 mile path.

NWS confirmed Friday that another EF1 tornado touched down in Clermont County in the Bell Meade Farms neighborhood near Loveland.

Officials said the tornado intensified as it crossed Belle Meade Farms Drive and Three Chimneys Lane where dozens of trees were snapped and uprooted.

Goshen Township administrator Steve Pegram said there are three reported injuries, two residents hit by falling debris with one undergoing surgery, and one firefighter injured while using a chainsaw to move debris.

A state of emergency remains in effect for the area.

Pegram estimates there are around 150 to 200 structures that they know are damaged. Some of the hardest-hit buildings include the police station, fire station and schools.

“We’re lucky, we’re very blessed, it could have been a lot, lot worse,” Pegram said.

Duke Energy said the damage in Goshen will require much of the town’s electrical system to be rebuilt, pushing restoration into Sunday.

The storm also destroyed numerous electric transmission and distribution facilities, including substations, utility poles, power lines and other key system components, the company said.

Pegram said Duke has dozens of crews already in the area and hundreds on the way.

Pegram said the hardest-hit areas were in more rural communities so not as many houses were hit hard.

“We have a lot of power that is out and it will be days before it’s restored,” Pegram said.

He said those who don’t have power should plan through the weekend, and make sure they have a place to go.

There is an emergency shelter at Goshen High School at 6707 Goshen Road for any residents that need resources like food, water and oxygen for those who rely on it.

The county emergency management has also established a hotline for help. The number is 513-735-8500.

On Friday, officials said they will be coordinating dumpster drop offs for debris clean up and will send a notice to the community once they are ready for drop offs.

“Slowly but surely, power is coming on,” Pegram said. ” But especially in the downtown Goshen area, and moving south, Woodville Pike Cedarville Road, it may be days before those people have power again.”

Pegram said the storm hit about 30 seconds after he received a weather alert so it wasn’t even enough time to hit the siren at the firehouse.

“They definitely had that stunned look on their face that they just gone through something scary,” Pegram said.

Pegram said Goshen is a tight-knit community and people have been helping others since the storm hit.

“What happens in Goshen, we take care of our own,” Pegram said. “Neighbors helping neighbors.”

“We didn’t have time to talk about it. We got the trucks out of the building and started to respond to calls,” he continued.

Pegram said he can’t estimate damage costs yet but said the township insurance company has been on site and said to address damage now and worry about the cost later.

Residents were shaken up by the storms that hit Goshen.

“It was the worst thing that I’ve ever been through. The sound was, it was deafening,” resident Nan Pitman said. “I thought I would walk up the stairs and find nothing and thank God I didn’t and thank God everybody’s OK, but I’ve never been through anything like this in my life and I hope I never have to go through it again.

Viewers sent in photos and videos of the damage to the area.

The Goshen Fire Department took a major hit as strong winds ripped off the roof of the building. Firefighters were inside the station during the damage, luckily no one was hurt.

VIDEO: Goshen Twp residents react to severe storms, tornado

Officials are warning residents to be cautious of down power lines and trees. Several roads are closed as emergency crews work to clear debris.

A full list of road closures can be found here.

Duke Energy officials said if you come across a down power line, do not attempt to move it and call 911.

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