PICKAWAY – National Weather has confirmed that the tornado that touched down in the Kingston area was an EF1 in rating.
According to the report the tornado touched down just North of Kingston around 1:59 am and was on the ground for about four minutes. During that time it had a speed of 110 MPH and a path width of 270 yards. It traveled 2.7 miles.
Statement from National Weather
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONFIRMS THAT A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN SOUTHERN PICKAWAY COUNTY, JUST NORTH OF KINGSTON, DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021. THE TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN NEAR A RESIDENCE ALONG WOLFE ROAD. THE DAMAGE AT THIS RESIDENCE WAS SIGNIFICANT, WITH THE ENTIRE ROOF LIFTED OFF THIS TWO STORY HOME AND THROWN NEARLY 400 YARDS, DAMAGING A TRUCK ON A PROPERTY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF WOLFE ROAD. SIDING WAS ALSO REMOVED FROM THIS PROPERTY, AND NUMEROUS HARDWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED OR KNOCKED DOWN. ROOF AND SIDING DAMAGE WAS ALSO OBSERVED ON THE PROPERTY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF WOLFE ROAD. MAXIMUM WINDS ALONG WOLFE ROAD WERE LIKELY UPWARD OF 110 MPH. THE TORNADO LIKELY WEAKENED FURTHER EAST AS IT CROSSED BOGGS ROAD, BUT ROOF FROM A METAL SHED ON BOGGS WAS NOTED IN A NEARBY FIELD. EAST OF THERE, NO ADDITIONAL TORNADO DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED. DAMAGE SURVEYED IN THE TARLTON AREA WAS FOUND TO BE A RESULT OF STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS, WITH SCATTERED TREE DAMAGE FOUND IN AND NEAR TARLTON. STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH OCCURRED IN THIS AREA. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE PICKAWAY COUNTY OHIO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY AND THE PICKAWAY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH THESE FINDINGS. EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES: EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH