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Officials say deadly Ohio tornado damage to cost at least $100 million

Officials in northwest Ohio say tornado damage there will cost at least $100 million. Last Saturday's twister killed seven people.

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A worker clears debris the of the destroyed Lake Township police headquarters in Lake Township, Ohio Monday after a tornado. Damage from the deadly twisters is estimated at $100 million, Ohio officials say.

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Officials say the northwest Ohio tornado that killed seven people over the weekend left behind at least $100 million in damage.

At a news conference in devastated Lake Township Monday, Wood County emergency management director Brad Gilbert also still estimated that at least 100 homes were destroyed over severely damaged.

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The National Weather Service says Saturday's tornado was Ohio's strongest in eight years. Preliminary information indicates it rated a 3 on a 0-5 scale used to measure tornadoes, with 5 being most severe. Category 3 tornadoes have top winds of up to 165 mph.

Weather service meteorologist Kirk Lombardy in Cleveland says a more powerful Nov. 10, 2002 tornado in northwest Ohio had winds topping 200 mph. That storm system killed five people statewide.


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