A weak tornado did indeed hit Summit County Sunday, dropping onto a fast food restaurant, then spinning off through a shopping center parking lot, causing mild damage and overturning a couple of cars.

The Cleveland office of the National Weather Service Monday initially called the event in Coventry Township a “strong downburst.”

But after seeing a video of the storm, investigators changed their minds, said Tom Smoot, senior administrator in Summit County’s Emergency Management Agency.

Meanwhile on the other end of the county, the same storm system tore a 50-by-100-foot hole in the roof of the Amazon fulfillment center on Independence Parkway in Twinsburg. The National Weather Service said that event, which happened at 6:33 p.m. Sunday, was a downburst, a strong column of sinking air that can cause tornado-type damage.

No injuries were reported at either site.

The funnel cloud touched down at 6:16 p.m. and traveled a tenth of a mile. Its 25-yard width managed to wreck a sign and some exterior of the Burger King on Manchester Road, topple a couple of small trees, obliterate a traffic light between the Burger King and the Acme Fresh Market across the street, cause minor damage to Acme’s Fuel Center, and overturn two cars in the parking lot before essentially disappearing.

About 10 minutes after touchdown, the tornado sirens in neighboring Barberton went off, automatically triggered by a National Weather Service warning of severe weather.

Since the warning came after the tornado had finished, NWS meteorologist Robert LaPlante said he suspects radio traffic on the SKYWARN Network — a group of trained, amateur weather spotters — had alerted the Cleveland office of damage in Coventry Township.

That’s probably what led to the sirens being activated and storm warnings chiming on cellphones throughout the area.

There was little on radar to suspect a tornado was in the offing.

“The actual radar info we had at the time of the line [of rain] was very subtle,” LaPlante said. The Coventry tornado was an EF-1, with a speed of about 110 mph, compared to the more violent EF-5 tornadoes with wind speeds in excess of 200 mph.

A security video from the Akron Coin & Jewelry on Manchester Road showed a whirling white cloud moving through the parking lot it shares with the Acme Fresh Market.

In the background of the video, a car flips over as the tornado moves through.

A security video from Acme also showed the white cloud.

The National Weather Service tornado warning also covered Portage and Stark counties and was in effect from 6:29 p.m. through 7:15 p.m., with special emphasis on Cuyahoga Falls, where the conditions seemed right for a twister that never happened.

But the storms — with some 2.14 inches of rain falling on Akron on Sunday — did cause flooding throughout the region.

Monday morning in Barberton, four middle school children and two adults had to be taken off a school bus that stalled in floodwaters on 14th Street just after 7 a.m.

Barberton City Schools Superintendent Jeff Ramnytz said it appears the bus driver made an error in trying to maneuver down the street. He praised firefighters and his school maintenance department for quickly responding to the stranded bus.

Not far from the city’s high school, the highway ramps from Interstate 76 to Barber Road were closed due to flooding. Much of Barber Road was also closed to traffic.

To the north, the entire Ohio & Erie Towpath in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park was closed because of severe flooding, and Twinsburg Mayor Ted Yates reported that several roads in his city were closed.

To the east, the city of Green closed all of its athletic fields because of the weather.

FirstEnergy Corp. reported a handful of power outages in the Akron area by Monday afternoon.

More weather excitement lies ahead.

By the time Tuesday rolls around, snow showers could leave as much as two inches on the ground before it turns over to all rain later in the day.

Highs will then rebound to the 50s on Wednesday.

The weather service says 7.89 inches of rain has fallen in Akron since March 1, about three inches above average for this time of year.

Staff writer Brandon Bounds contributed to this report. Reporter Jim Mackinnon can be reached at 330-996-3544 or jmackinnon@thebeaconjournal.com. Craig Webb can be reached at cwebb@thebeaconjournal.com or 330-996-3547. Paula Schleis can be reached at 330-996-3741 or pschleis@thebeaconjournal.com.