Mary Alice Reporting –

More information is released about the intense thunderstorm that swept through Tuscarawas County in the early morning hours of June 14th.

The National Weather Service Pittsburgh released a public information statement after a survey team investigated storm damage along Schupps Hill Road and Buehler Hill Road, south of Stone Creek.

Tree damage extended a couple of miles in the area with hundreds of trees snapped and uprooted, with most debris blown in a generally easterly direction.

NWS made a preliminary determination that straight-line wind was responsible, and the level of devastation led to an estimate of wind speeds that reached or exceeded 100 mph. Radar data has indicated that a mesovortex was embedded in the thunderstorm complex and although convergent damage was not noted in this brief survey, further investigation will be needed to totally rule out a brief tornado.

Other damaged areas in the county, included Gnadenhutten, portions of Clay Township, and the Newport area.

A more thorough survey of the area is likely and any additional findings will be passed along in an updated statement.

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