The National Weather Service and Emergency Management in Van Wert County confirmed that an EF-0 tornado occurred just southeast of Van Wert, OH, shortly before 7 p.m. Friday evening. There was minor damage reported, with some shingles removed and a few large branches down at a residence in the path.
The tornado began in a cornfield, near the intersection of Mendon and Wren-Landeck Roads. At 6:51 p..m. the tornado touched down and was on the ground for 1 mile and was 180 yards wide, with peak winds estimated at 55-60 mph. The tornado tracked into another cornfield before dissipating at a tree line at approximately 6:55 p.m.
The National Weather Service, along with the WANE Weather team, did warn about the possibility of some cold air funnels in the area for Friday. These are caused when there is cold air aloft, and a broad area on low pressure over the area that provides counterclockwise spin, leading to the formation of these funnels.
In this case this was not a cold air funnel, but an actual tornado.