Brittany Oakley, center, looks at what is left of her home following severe storms in Lakeview, Ohio., Friday, March 15, 2024. Severe storms with suspected tornadoes have damaged homes and businesses in the central United States. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

LAKEVIEW, Ohio—The three people killed when several tornados roared through Ohio in mid-March all died from storm-related injuries, authorities announced March 18.

Darla Williams, 70, and Marilyn Snapp, 81, both lived in the Geiger Mobile Home Park in Lakeview, while Neal Longfellow, 69, lived in nearby Orchard Island. The two communities were among the hardest hit by severe weather that spread destruction across parts of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Arkansas and injured dozens the night of March 14.

At least nine tornadoes and numerous severe thunderstorms struck central Ohio. The most devastating tornado was an EF-3 that began in southern Auglaize County near Fryburg and continued through the Lake-view area in northern Logan County, about 70 miles northwest of Columbus. Forecasters say EF-3 tornados can pack winds between 136 and 165 mph.

EF-2 tornados—which forecasters say can have winds up to 111 to 135 mph were confirmed in central Union County and in Darke and Miami counties along with Crawford/Richland counties.


Crews were still working March 18 to clear away downed trees and other debris, including materials from damaged or destroyed homes. Some areas were still without electrical service, though many customers have been restored.