For the second time in as many weeks, Brunswick-area residents were forced to sprint to their basements Tuesday as a tornado struck northern Medina County.
A line of severe storms spawned a tornado around 1:30 p.m. in Valley City, where trees were ripped out of the ground and parts of roofs were tossed in the air.
No injuries were reported as the tornado skipped its way through several communities before ending in Hinckley.
The National Weather Service on Tuesday afternoon confirmed funnel cloud touchdowns in Valley City, Brunswick and Hinckley.
Winds from the EF1-rated tornado in Valley City were estimated at 100 mph.
The damage in Brunswick in the Sandra Drive area was mainly from downed trees and power lines. Some of the trees landed on homes and garages.
By the time the tornado skipped its way into Hinckley in the area of Boston and Ridge roads at 1:47 p.m., the National Weather Service estimates its winds were around 94 mph.
At one point, the weather service estimates the tornado’s path was 150 yards wide.
In Hinckley, trees were knocked over and telephone poles snapped at their bases.
“The wind was coming so fast,” said David Nemec of Brunswick, who was working at the Valleaire Golf Club in Hinckley when the storm hit. “The trees were practically laying flat because of it. We heard the sirens and headed downstairs until it passed.”
The bulk of the damage at the golf course was cosmetic.
“We’ve got some trees down but nothing else is wrong other than that,” Nemec said.
The damage was far less than that left by a June 23 tornado in Brunswick that damaged at least 45 homes and businesses with winds in excess of 100 mph battering neighborhoods off state Route 303.