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September 16, 2010 - Tornado hits Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Ohio

    At approximately 5:30PM on Thursday, September 16, an EF2 tornado forged a 12 mile path just south of Wooster, Ohio.  Part of its path included the campus of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), which houses research conducted by Ohio State and USDA-ARS scientists.  Winds were estimated to reach 130 mph.  Extensive damage to the Secrest Arboretum, Agricultural Engineering Building, and greenhouse facilities occurred.  No fatalities or major injuries were reported.
    Emergency response has been quick, and clean-up efforts are well underway.  Members of the USDA-ARS-ATRU are working in conjunction with Ohio State officials to efficiently relocate displaced units and prepare the facilities for rebuilding.  Four ARS research scientists and several administrative and technical support staff will be moved to various offices throughout the OARDC until officials have determined the fate of the standing remains of the Agricultural Engineering building.  Alternative greenhouse and nursery space is being investigated to curtail further disruption to on-going research projects.  Updated information regarding the recovery efforts can be found at http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/
    The OARDC digital media staff has produced video documentation of the damage and clean-up efforts, which can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0R4rkIaj5fc

Photo by Ken Chamberlain, OARDC

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