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Meijer says operations continue at Tipp City distribution center following tornado damage

MIAMI COUNTY — UPDATE @ 1:40 pm (June 9):

Meijer’s distribution center in Tipp City, badly damaged by a tornado in Wednesday’s outburst, remains mostly operational Thursday, according to a company spokesman.

>> Photos: Funnel clouds, storm damage in the Miami Valley

The tornado hit the area before 6 pm Wednesday and damaged one of the complex’s buildings. All Meijer employees were accounted for last night and no injuries were reported.

“Most of the complex is operational today and we do not anticipate any notable disruptions to our stores. We communicate directly with our team members and keep them informed of any changes that may affect their schedules,” the spokesperson said.

>> NWS confirms at least 1 tornado; Storm damage reported in parts of the Miami Valley

“When notified of the approaching storm, the team activated a shelter-in-place and executed their severe weather plans. His prompt actions undoubtedly helped ensure the safety of our team members, contractors and visitors to the complex, and for that we are grateful.”

Inspection crews from the National Weather Service were on site today and ruled that an EF-2 landed and damaged the building.

“In Miami County, we have searched around the Tipp City area, especially around the Meijer distribution center, which sustained significant damage. It looked like 110-125 MPH winds, in that area, which would be a low-end EF-2 tornado,” Seth Binau, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told News Center 7’s John Bedell.

“And then there is minor damage but on a longer path both east of Tipp City and west of Tipp City towards West Milton. So it looks like a longer track tornado here in Miami County that we’re still assessing, we’re still assessing this longer damage path,” Binau said.

This story will continue to be updated.

FIRST REPORT (June 8):

A Meijer distribution center in Miami County was damaged following a tornado Wednesday night.

Emergency crews were called to the distribution center just after 6:00 pm out of concern for the safety of the hundreds of workers inside.

Tipp City City Manager Tim Eggleston told News Center 7 that the west end of the distribution center that was damaged is used more for storage, so fewer people were in that area of ​​the building at the time of the incident. twister.

Photos and videos captured a funnel cloud hurtling over the building.

The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday night that at least one tornado occurred near Tipp City.

>> NWS confirms at least 1 tornado; Storm damage reported in parts of the Miami Valley

Marilyn Johnson lives across the street from the distribution center. She listened to warnings and headed to the basement, but she didn’t realize how bad she was.

“I couldn’t believe it, I said it was close,” Johnson said.

He said that at first he heard no sound.

Tom Bennett, who lives two blocks west of the distribution center, said he definitely heard the storm.

“I went down to the basement and then the crash started, then the pressure,” Bennett said.

>> Photos: Funnel clouds, storm damage in the Miami Valley

Bennet kept his wife informed from the basement.

“I called or texted and said, there’s a tornado and then I texted or called, it’s here,” he said.

Other nearby businesses also reported damage, according to emergency crews.

Repacorp along with two other buildings at 15 Industry Park Court, High Tech Industries and SK Mold and Die sustained structural damage.

City leaders expressed relief that there was no early report of injuries.

“Business owners will have a hard time getting back up and running, but yeah, that’s a huge blessing,” Eggleston said.

The total estimated loss of the structures is not known at this time.

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