National Weather Service confirmed Monday night that a “large and dangerous tornado” hit near Trotwood, Ohio, outside of Dayton.
The service tweeted that the situation was extremely dangerous and for residents in northern Montgomery County to take cover.
It later tweeted that there were new tornado threats for the extreme northern part of the county and southern Miami County with another possible threat near the county line.
On its Twitter account the Ohio Department of Transportation tweeted photos of crews using snow plows to clean up debris on I-75 north of downtown Dayton.
Another suspected tornado near Vandalia, Ohio, was crossing the path of the first tornado, lifting debris in the air, the service said.
Transportation spokesman Matt Bruning said its crews are using several plows to scrape debris off to the side of southbound Interstate 75, trying to get the highway reopened as soon as possible.
“We’ll do a more thorough cleaning after we get lanes opened,” he told the Associated Press via text early Monday.
He said tow trucks eventually will have to deal with damaged vehicles along the roadway, too. He said other crews are also clearing debris northwest of Dayton in Mercer and Darke counties. Trying to clear the debris in the middle of the night is a difficult task, complicated by darkness and downed power lines, Bruning said.
Trotwood is about 8 miles northwest of Dayton.