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National Weather Service Confirms Weekend Tornadoes In Miami County

National Weather Service investigators are continuing to survey the damage littering the Miami Valley region after the  Memorial Day storms that killed one person and injured dozens more.
Jason Reynolds
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WYSO
In 2019 Memorial Day storms in the Miami Valley killed one person and injured dozens more.

The National Weather Service has confirmed two tornadoes touched down in Miami County Saturday night.

Forecasters say the first twister, rated an EF-Zero with winds up to 80 miles per hour, hit Troy just after 10 p.m., leaving damage concentrated mostly near Troy High School and downtown. 

National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Hogue says winter tornadoes are rare, but he says this weekend’s weather conditions were just right to produce the storm with damaging winds. 

"In this case it was much more humid than normal and also temperatures along that line were even to the lower 60s," he says, "so we were 25 to 30 degrees above normal for January.”

Forecasters also confirmed a second tornado, which touched down Saturday night southwest of Fletcher. That one was also rated an EF-zero with winds up to 70 MPH.

No injuries were reported in the outbreak.

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