Tornadoes leave horrific trail of destruction and death across Midwest

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Severe storms and tornadoes left a massive trail of destruction resembling a “war zone” across Ohio and Indiana, with at least one person dead and dozens injured, authorities said Tuesday.

Two powerful EF3 tornadoes — packing winds of up to 140 miles per hour — were confirmed to have touched down in the Ohio cities of Beavercreek and Trotwood on Monday night, according to the National Weather Service.

The twisters were among an estimated 53 tornadoes that struck across eight states Monday into Tuesday, stretching eastward from Idaho and Colorado.

Some of the most catastrophic damage was reported just outside of Dayton, Ohio, where trees were toppled and roofs of homes were torn off.

In the city of Celina, about 70 miles north of Dayton, 81-year-old Melvin Dale Hannah was killed when winds blew a parked car into his house, according to Mayor Jeffrey Hazel.

“There’s areas that truly look like a war zone,” Hazel said.

One of the twisters ripped through Michael Sussman’s home in Brookville, which is northwest of Dayton.

“I was hit by debris in my head,” Sussman told CNN. “I looked up and I no longer had a roof.”

The man, his daughter and her boyfriend hid in the bathtub as they tried to move out of the way of swinging electrical wires and debris.

“We went out in the streets and children were screaming and crying. Devastation everywhere,” he said.

When the storm rolled in Monday night, Francis Dutmers of Vandalia, about 10 miles outside of Dayton, heard a “very loud roar” and headed to the basement with his wife.

“I just got down on all fours and covered my head with my hands,” Dutmers said.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center showed that 14 suspected tornadoes touched down in Indiana, 11 in Colorado and nine in Ohio.

Six apparent tornadoes were reported in Iowa, five in Nebraska, four in Illinois, three in Minnesota and one in Idaho.

At least 75 homes were damaged after a twister struck Monday evening in the Indiana town of Pendleton.

Meanwhile, severe weather and tornado threats will continue across Ohio on Tuesday and move eastward into Pennsylvania, southern New York, Maryland and New Jersey, forecasts show.

“Anybody is fair game for a strong or severe thunderstorm during the first part of Tuesday night,” Accuweather senior meteorologist Tom Kines told The Post on Tuesday, adding that “the primary threat is heavy rain.”

With Post wires

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Hayden Snider, 8, finds a way to entertain himself as his family cleans up the debris of his grandparents’ home in the Wheatland Acres subdivision in Celina, Ohio.

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Erica Bohannon leads reporters through her destroyed apartment in Trotwood, Ohio.

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Multiple Tornadoes  Cause Widespread Damage Around Dayton, Ohio
Residents of the Trotwood neighborhood West Brook inspect the damage to their homes.

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Damaged homes and debris mark the path of a tornado in Celina, Ohio on Monday.

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A car is seen under a collapsed beam of the garage after a tornado touched down in Trotwood
A car is seen under a collapsed beam of the garage in Trotwood, Ohio.

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Deletha Shepard takes a photo of her house in the morning after a tornado touched down overnight in Trotwood
Deletha Shepard takes a photo of her house in the morning after in Trotwood , Ohio.

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Residents sort through apartments open up to the air in Trotwood, Ohio.

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