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Weak EF-0 Tornado Touches Down in Lima-- Little Damage Reported - 06-12-2010
Lima, OH - It's been confirmed. The funnel cloud spotted in Lima late Friday afternoon indeed briefly touched down in the vicinity of the 1300 block of Rice Ave. After reviewing the dramatic video shot by WLIO videographer Sam Shriver, the NWS in North Webster determined the touchdown was brief, but occured. It has been estimated the funnel had a path of 150 yards with winds of about 60mph, which led to some branches down, and in one yard, the tossing around of some lawn furniture and a trampoline. The funnel was seen by many, but much of the time was rain-wrapped. Mike Lewis, storm coordination meteorologist with NWS,  viewed the video and said this was an HP supercell, or high precipitiation thunderstorm, and in these cases, it's usually tough to see the funnel or tornado. The storms formed in a very unstable air mass, but conditions overall did not favor tornadoes. Similar conditions are possible through the weekend, as a stalled out front to the north slowly sags into the state. Localized flooding will be a possibility in any storms that form, along with the chance of a few severe cells. Our station video footage of the tornado, along with others, can be viewed on our weather team Facebook page. WLIO WOHL Weather Team

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