COVENTRY TWP. A rainy Sunday quickly turned into a stormy one in the blink of an eye.
As rounds of rain pushed across the area, a stronger line of thunderstorms developed across portions of Summit and Stark Counties. At 6:30 p.m., the National Weather Service in Cleveland issued a tornado warning for eastern Summit County, eastern Stark County and western Portage County. The line of storms which extended from Twinsburg to Canton showed several spots possible of producing rotation, causing a brief tornado.
One of those spots was Coventry Township along Manchester Road where the National Weather Service confirmed Monday that an EF-1 tornado did touchdown at 6:16 p.m. before the warning had been issued.
The tornado traveled a tenth of a mile, was 25 yards wide and had winds to 90 mph. The majority of the damage occurred at the Burger King on Manchester Road along with the Acme Fuel Station across the street. Portions of the exterior of Burger King were ripped off and the sign near the road was completely destroyed. The gas station also sustained some damage and was closed until it could be inspected.
Security camera footage from Akron Coin & Jewelry showed the tornado racing through the parking lot between Acme and Wendy’s and lifting up and flipping one car and pushing another one into a light pole.
The original report from the National Weather Service reported the storm was a downburst, but upon further review, it was changed to a confirmed tornado. In addition to the damage to the cars and buildings, several tree limbs were broken off a tree and a traffic signal was damaged.
The same line of storms caused significant roof damage to the Amazon fulfillment center in Twinsburg and brought flooding rains to much of Northeastern Ohio.