1992: Most Tornadoes in Ohio in One Day
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The July 12, 1992, F-2 Tornado struck the Village of Whitehouse and Waterville Township in Lucas County. This photos show some of the damage to Anthony Wayne Middle School. Despite the apparent destruction, this storm did not warrant a disaster declaration as there were no injuries nor fatalities and all the home and business losses were covered by insurance. The school did ask for assistance from the State of Ohio Department of Education and received $240,000 for emergency repairs and replacement of supplies to restart the school year, which began on schedule the following August.
The 28 tornadoes that occurred in Ohio on Sunday, July 12, 1992, went into the record books as the most recorded in a single day. They also contributed to the July 1992 record of 44 tornadoes in one month and a record annual total of 61 tornadoes. Fortunately, summer tornadoes tend to be weaker than spring storms and none of the 44 tornadoes during July 1992 were violent. This contributed to the absence of fatalities and only 36 injuries from the record number of tornadoes.
One line of damage from the July 12th tornadoes stretched across northwestern Ohio from Fulton County to Sandusky. Several buildings were damaged and 8 people injured by a tornado near Pettisville. Another tornado cut a swath from north of Waterville across the Maumee River to near Perrysburg. Anthony Wayne High School was damaged and Toledo Express Airport closed for several hours by loss of power, large hail, and 66 mph winds. Visitors to Cedar Point Amusement Park received extra thrills when their motels were heavily damaged by a tornado near the intersection of Routes 2 and 250 in Erie County. Farther to the east, numerous tornadoes destroyed buildings and flattened trees in Lorain, Cuyahoga, Portage, and Medina Counties. A tornado in Summit County did over $1 million dollars damage to industries and homes in Stow and Cuyahoga Falls.
- Schmidlin, Thomas W. and Schmidlin, Jeanne A. Thunder in the Heartland: A Chronicle of Outstanding Weather Events in Ohio. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1996.