COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Storms lashed southwest Ohio on Friday, killing two people, injuring others and damaging property as several possible tornadoes blew through the region, officials said.
Moscow Village Council member Carol Forsee, 64, was found dead in her home in hard-hit Moscow, said Clermont County spokeswoman Forsee said. Fifty-four-year-old James Prater of Bethel also was killed, she said. He was found dead in his mobile home in Bethel, about 35 miles southeast of Cincinnati.
As many as eight people were injured. Forsee said she did not know how severe the injuries were.
The National Weather Service received reports of possible tornadoes in at least six cities and towns, including a possible twister in the Bethel area as storms from Kentucky crossed the Ohio River and tore across Ohio counties.
Lehr said the village of Moscow was especially hard hit. Several dozen homes were damaged, some stripped down to their foundations, and roads were closed because of the damage, she said. County commissioners called a state of emergency for the first time in 15 years.
The storms were part of a system stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes that killed as many as 28 people in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.
Damage reports in Ohio included downed trees and power lines, a roof torn from a fire station, the flattening of a gas station under construction and a mobile home blown into a street. Hailstones up to 2 inches wide bombarded some areas. About 6,500 utility customers lost power, including 3,780 in Clermont County.
The weather service planned to survey parts of the state Saturday to determine the extent of the damage. One team will survey a storm path running from Moscow through two other cities and ending at Piketon. Another team will follow a path starting in Ripley, heading through three other communities, and ending at Lucasville.