National Weather Service confirms tornado touched down in Calcutta

The EF1 tornado carried 90 mph winds


CALCUTTA, Ohio (WYTV) – The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has confirmed an EF1 tornado touched down in Calcutta on Sunday night.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning around 7 p.m. Sunday in Columbiana County. The Calcutta Fire Department got their first call at 7:26 p.m.

“We had so many, at one point, we couldn’t really keep track of them. We really just sent trucks every way we could,” said Bob Davies, a firefighter with the Calcutta Fire Department.

The fire department joined the National Weather Service and Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency on Monday to assess the storm damage. WKBN was the only local news team to accompany the group on the tour.

The damage was concentrated in the Calcutta Smith Ferry Road part of town, near Plaza Drive.

The storm uprooted or snapped trees. It even flattened a garage.

A meteorologist with the National Weather Service said tornadoes in November actually aren’t considered rare.

“We call November our second severe weather season because we see a spike in severe weather, especially in the southeastern United States,” said Fred McMullen. “But with yesterday being so warm, and the temperatures soaring into the low 70s and a strong cold front coming through, there were the necessary ingredients in place.”

There have been 42 tornadoes in November from 1940 to 2016, according to the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness.

McMullen said tornadoes are rated by the National Weather Service based on the damage that they cause.

“The worst damage that we saw was pine trees, soft-wood trees that were uprooted and leaned over,” McMullen said.

There have been no reports of injuries from Monday night’s tornado.

The Calcutta YMCA will be closed for the next couple of days after losing a few HVAC units from its roof as well as due to water damage from the storm.