A tornado touched down early Sunday morning in southwest Ohio, causing damage to homes, vehicles and knocking down trees and power lines, reports say.
There were no reports of injuries.
It adds to the damaging weather in southwest Ohio as the Ohio River has surged over its banks because of storms and heavy rain. It had reached 60 feet Sunday and was expected to crest at 60.7 feet, WLWT Channel 5 reports.
The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado touchdown Sunday but has not given it a rating, according to WLWT. The EF Scale ranks tornados from an EF0 (winds less than 73 mph) to EF5 (winds more than 200 mph).
According to 10tv.com, a survey team is assessing the damage in Clermont and Brown counties. Reports say the tornado touched down shortly after midnight.
Mark and Danielle Riley of Hamersville, Ohio, tell WLWT that their car was crushed by debris from the tornado.
“We all made it to the bathroom and then you heard the howling,” Danielle Riley says. “About two minutes later, we came out because there was a bunch of noise and racket out here and this is what we seen.”
The region continues to scramble in dealing with flooding from the Ohio River. WLWT reports nearly every community along the river has reported flooding. Gov. John Kasich issued an emergency declaration for 17 counties along the river and in southern Ohio, the Associated Press reports.
Flooding had reached Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, and rescue crews were called to New Richmond, Ohio, to check on submerged cars and homes, WKRC Channel 12 reports.