Dayton Tornado Last Night: Images Show Destruction in Montgomery County, Ohio, Latest Storm Warning Updates

Dayton Tornado
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A tornado ripped through Montgomery County, Ohio overnight on May 27 through to May 28, causing extensive damage to Dayton, as well as the Miami Valley. The NWS Tornado Twitter account last warned that tornado watches continue for Athens, McArthur and Albany Ohio.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Wilmington, Ohio, a tornado watch was issued on May 27 through to 2:00 a.m. local time for Ohio, with the highest risk areas near and north of Interstate 70.

At 11.34 p.m. local time, an alert was shared warning "new tornado threat for the Dayton Metro area. A storm capable of producing a tornado located near Englewood moving southeast. Take cover now in the Dayton area." Prior to this, the NWS had warned that the tornado was "life-threatening."

While the threat of tornadoes was expected, there were immediate concerns throughout the night of multiple tornadoes passing through the Dayton area and further afield in Ohio. NWS Wilmington pushed out urgent alerts between 10.30 p.m. and 2.30 a.m. local time. Flash flooding warnings are in place until 5:45 a.m. local time.

According to NWS Wilmington, there are currently over 70,000 power outages in the state of Ohio, affecting over five million people. One Twitter user described their neighbourhood looking like a "war zone" with emergency services searching for people potentially trapped in their homes.

Montgomery County wrote on its Twitter page that it is focusing on supporting "life-saving measures" such as shutting down gas lines and helping those trapped by debris. They have advised people to call 911 or contact their local fire station for emergency assistance. Snow ploughs have also been deployed to help clear up the debris.

According to NWS Wilmington in Ohio, due to the severe weather, the NWS will be conducting several storm surveys over the coming days. Areas that have been affected include Celina, New Madison, Laura, Dayton, and Laurelville.

Total loss in many areas in Dayton/area in Ohio. Massive path of widespread damage. State of Emergency. Tornado damage is worse than anyone thought. @Wx_Max @SamChampion
#Ohiowx pic.twitter.com/rOPGDwJ8fa

— Scott Ford (@ScottFordTVGuy) May 28, 2019

My neighborhood is like a war zone. The police and national gaurd are going down my street looking for trapped people 😭 #DaytonTornado

— Sara BB 🐺 (@Lydzmom09) May 28, 2019

Earlier from Dayton. pic.twitter.com/QztZJs5Ju8

— PRC IV (@pc4s3) May 28, 2019

Our home is destroyed... I never thought that this kind of thing would ever happen. I’m just glad that Josh, me, and the pets are okay. Keep Dayton in your thoughts, as more than one tornado ripped through the city. It’s completely surreal. #Dayton pic.twitter.com/28cxvgURiP

— Michael Tope (@MichaelTope) May 28, 2019

Overnight: Firefighters in Pickaway Co. we’re checking homes, including this one along OH-56 after severe storms. Home damaged, big trees down. One person had minor injuries, dispatchers said. Several barns on Tarlton Rd were destroyed, firefighters said. #OhioWX pic.twitter.com/zd6EN9m0C8

— Mike McCarthy (@mikewsyx6) May 28, 2019

BREAKING: Emergency officials in Dayton, Ohio are responding to a wave of 911 calls this evening after a large tornado ripped through the city.https://t.co/sN3nbhc0fO pic.twitter.com/I0Cdo0hhQq

— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) May 28, 2019

Radar loop of massive debris ball whirling just north of downtown #Dayton, Ohio.

This is debris lofted by the tornado that the radar mistakes as hail/heavy precipitation. It's that blob at the tip of the hook. A heart-sinking signature. pic.twitter.com/J81TUei41Y

— Matthew Cappucci (@MatthewCappucci) May 28, 2019

Tornado sirens in Dayton. pic.twitter.com/jzyNTwo4Ni

— ₮ⱧɆ ĐⱤ₳₩ (@TheSamiCallihan) May 28, 2019

#dayton OH tornado damage. Wagner Ford and interstate 75. Roofs missing, chimneys in road. Houses destroyed. @whiotv pic.twitter.com/HG2OeyPwim

— Mike Johnson (@CyberMikeJ) May 28, 2019

@NWSILN LARGE WEDGE TORNADO pic.twitter.com/3d06dKkjqV

— Tyler Berry (@StormChaserTy17) May 28, 2019

A picture of very intense damage in the Dayton area after a very strong tornado passed through. pic.twitter.com/n0qBmc3fM8

— XelArtz (@AlexLubbers2) May 28, 2019

Traffic cams captured one of the tornadoes passing to the north of Dayton, OH around 11 PM. pic.twitter.com/LIQm80SsIe

— NortheastWeatherWx (@NEWeatherWx) May 28, 2019

Dayton has a lot of damage as well. Westbrook apartments etc pic.twitter.com/kooShyNkdK

— Thugz Angel (@ThugzAngel5) May 28, 2019

Here’s a live look from our ODOT trucks as crews clear debris off of I-75 north of Dayton. Please avoid this area while we work to clear the interstate following the storm. pic.twitter.com/IHzRJEYRsT

— ODOT Dayton (@ODOT_Dayton) May 28, 2019

Praying for everyone in the Dayton, OH area this evening. Many tornadoes came through and a lot of damage has occured. This picture was near the north end of Xenia, OH (my hometown). (Photo credit to Bob from a Pokémon go group chat in Xenia) pic.twitter.com/BAVd657KpP

— MattKillion Media (@MattKMedia) May 28, 2019

RIGHT NOW: Numerous semis overturned at a Loves Truck Stop near Circleville, OH. Route 23 closed as power poles are snapped like toothpicks; @YourNewsNet pic.twitter.com/qtkFmH1dWU

— Derek Myers (@DerekMyers) May 28, 2019