Tornadoes tear through Dayton, Ohio area, leave "crazy damage" — live updates

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Tornadoes ripped through Ohio's Miami Valley on Memorial Day night, causing injuries and widespread damage and leaving tens of thousands of homes and businesses in the dark.

CBS Dayton affiliate WHIO-TV, citing weather radio spotters, says twisters were reported in Montgomery County, which includes Dayton, as well as several other counties in the area.

The National Weather Service said there were more than 70,000 power outages across Ohio, most of them in the Miami Valley, affecting over 5 million people.

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The service confirmed Monday night that a "large and dangerous tornado" hit near Trotwood, Ohio, outside Dayton.

Numerous roads were closed, including the southbound lanes of Interstate 75, where the Ohio Department of Transportation was using snow plows to remove debris.

MORE PHOTOS: Celina tornado damage @whiotv @WHIORadio pic.twitter.com/TlrWPjWvyf

— Sean Cudahy (@SCudahyWHIO) May 28, 2019

In Greene County, Beavercreek schools Superintendent Paul Otten said his neighborhood has "crazy damage."

"We have downed power lines, but the biggest thing we're seeing is that there are trees just gone," Otten told WHIO.

In Dayton, the roof was torn off a building constructed in 1944. Telephone poles were down. A WHIO viewer said he saw transformers sparking and burning.

Just spoke with a family whose house was destroyed. They say their whole house is “shot.” Had lived there for decades. But everyone made it out safely @whiotv @WHIORadio pic.twitter.com/s2jvh33GMR

— Sean Cudahy (@SCudahyWHIO) May 28, 2019

Elsewhere in Montgomery County, injuries and major damage were reported in Brookville, whose high school lost its roof.

Police in Celina, Ohio, in Mercer County, were stopping people from entering the city due to live wires on the ground and severe damage.

UPDATE: Spoke with Celina Mayor Jeff Hazel live on @whiotv. He says power is out to whole city. Red Cross shelter set up nearby in Coldwater. Confirmed there were people trapped in homes earlier tonight; 7 injuries. Door-to-door checks happening now, search & rescue @whiotv

— Sean Cudahy (@SCudahyWHIO) May 28, 2019

A barn that was in a field in Miami County is gone, Linda Taylor said, as is part of her home's roof.

First published on May 28, 2019 / 2:49 AM

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