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Ohio Tornado Rips Through Police Station

Ohio Tornado Rips Through Police Station

Police vehicles are seen strewn across the grass in front of the heavily damaged Lake Township Police Station. / Spencer Norris, Intrepid Helicopters

Associated Press

June 07, 2010

TOLEDO, OHIO — At least seven people have been confirmed dead after two bands of strong thunderstorms and tornadoes ripped through the area late Saturday into early Sunday morning.

Areas from Fulton County to eastern Wood County were hit hardest in the severe weather which is being blamed for widespread damage to homes, vehicles and even a high school.

Lake Township Fire Chief Todd Walters says several people have been treated at area hospitals after a tornado tore through his area of Wood County in the early morning hours of Sunday. Authorities have been searching damaged homes for any injured residents, but have yet to say if anyone is considered missing. The storm is estimated to have left a seven-mile path of destruction across the township, including destroying parts of Lake High School.

Lake Schools Superintendent Jim Witt says the high school has suffered severe damage to the field house, which was to hold graduation ceremonies Sunday. Those ceremonies have been rescheduled for Tuesday at a location in Toledo. The school’s cafeteria has also been destroyed. District school busses were heavily damaged and tossed across the school’s property, one coming to rest next to the school’s football field.

One person was confirmed dead in Wood County after her car was swept off the roadway on SR 795 near Lemoyne Rd. late Saturday night. The victim’s car was said to have been struck by tornado debris. A second fatality came at the Lake Township Police Station where a person who was seeking shelter from the storm was killed by high winds in the parking lot. Two other deaths include 36-year old Mary Walters from Millbury and her 5-year old son, Hayden. The remaining deaths reportedly include 46-year old Ted Kranz, the father of this year’s Lake High School valedictorian, Kathleen Hammitt, 56, from Wauseon and 20-year-old Bailey Bowman from Walbridge.

The Lake Township Police Department sustained heavy damage in the storm. Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer was talking to a police dispatcher on the phone when the storm hit.“She started saying, ‘The building is shaking,’ and then another dispatcher came on and said, ’The roof just blew off,” he said.

“It’s a war zone, " Hummer said of the destruction seen in his community. “It’s pretty disheartening.” He estimates nearly 50 homes were destroyed in the overnight storm, and at least another 50 damaged.

The heaviest damage in Fulton County, after a funnel touchdown in Delta, was reported on County Road 3 between County roads D and E. There have been no reports of fatalities in Delta.

American Red Cross volunteers have been on the scene in Lake Township since 3:00 a.m. Sunday, helping residents and those families affected by the severe weather. Those affected are being given food, shelter or damage assistance.

Damage has been reported in Monroe County where a state of emergency has been declared. Authorities say the roof of Splash Universe, just off US 23 in Dundee, has been damaged. Approximately 500 guests at the hotel and water park have been evacuated to Dundee Middle School. Minor injuries have been reported and all patients have been transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities say the Fermi 2 power plant in Monroe County has also sustained damage due to the severe storms. No injuries have been reported. The reactor was automatically shut down after strong winds ripped the siding off of a building.

Until further notice anyone with police and fire calls within Lake Township, Village of Walbridge and City of Rossford should call the Northwood Police Department at 419-691-5053.
  • Car6_max50


    about 4 years ago


    prayers and thoughts go out to all of those in the area!

  • Dolphins_fantasy_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Thoughts, prayers and condolences to those involved in this tragedy.

  • American_first_responder2_max50


    about 4 years ago


    My sincere prayers for the Lake Township Police Department, and City residents of the entire community in a time when devestation is severe. May God comfort and care for the lost ones families, and give strength and endurance to those while trying to recover from such a dreaded natural disaster. In Jesus name I ask according to John 14:14. Amen.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    I hope that they had a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) ?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    My thoughts and prayers to everyone, especially to the families who lost a loved one. Having experienced the aftermath of a tornado where my mother lived in Southern Illinois, there is one good thing, these tragedies bring out the best in the entire community. Neighbor helping neighbor and many times total strangers. The police and fire departments and other first responders are top notch with all their assistance and compassion, even when they have suffered the same loss. God speed.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    its areal shame to see apolice station destroyed like this any time lets all pray things will eventually return one day to normal

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    thoughts and prayers with all of you!

  • M_307eda5fa32b4491be49a07194cf9585_max50


    about 4 years ago



  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    My prayers and condolences go out to your entire city.

  • Dscn1017_max50


    about 4 years ago


    It's a bad thing that the tornado did such damage and killed 7.
    Hoping the dept is fixed up and it's cruisers replaced.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    about 4 years ago


    Im confused as to how to rate this? I thought it was a good well written article so shouldnt it be getting thumbs up??

  • Me_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I hope that everyone is safe and secure and my thoughts and ptayers go out to the love ones that lost their special someone and my they rest in piece and watch over the ones that lost them...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    May God give comfort & peace to the families of the fallen.

  • Fire_station_010_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Its Mother Nature at her worst, our prayers from Louisiana to you all in Ohio

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    This is a natural disaster that will test how we departments are by each others sides.

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