Ohio tornado update: Shock video shows moment twister touched down in storm with more flash flood warnings issued

STUNNING video shows the moment a tornado slammed into a small county, leaving behind a path of destruction and thousands of homes without power.

A series of tornadoes touched down in the south and the center Ohio Wednesday night as residents braced for more severe weather, including flash flooding, to start the weekend.

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Wild footage captured the moment a tornado tore through a factory in OhioCredit: Phillip Campbell via Storyful
A tornado ripped through the Meijer Distribution Center in Miami County on Wednesday

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A tornado ripped through the Meijer Distribution Center in Miami County on WednesdayCredit: Twitter/jamesliberator
No factory workers were injured.

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No factory workers were injured.1 credit

Video posted by a Tripp City resident shows the moment a huge tornado threateningly crossing several houses before destroying a factory.

The whirlwind caused heavy damage to the Meijer distribution center, about 75 miles west of Columbus.

Joel Smith, director of the Miami County Emergency Management Agency, said 10 television no one was injured at the facility and there were no reports of injuries from the storm in the county.

Twisters have been confirmed in Miami County, West Milton, Highland, Brown and Darke County.

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The Ohio National Weather Service said it plans to conduct damage surveys in the coming days amid numerous damage reports.

About 36,000 homes and businesses were without power in southern Ohio around 8:30 p.m., according to poweroutage.us.

Storm damage also occurred throughout northern Kentucky, including downed trees and debris tossed onto roads.

Two tornadoes were also reported in Childress, Texasand Stafford, Virginia.

DEADLY HEAT WAVE

As parts of the southern and central United States recover from damage from the series of tornadoes, an intense heat wave with temperatures hotter than the Sahara will scorch the West Coast this weekend.

Thermometers across California, Nevada and Arizona will hit 100 for the rest of the week in what experts call “heat dome” conditions.

A “heat dome” occurs when high pressure traps concentrations of warm air in an area and prevents other weather systems from setting in, resulting in sweltering conditions.

The National Weather Service warned residents to prepare for severe heat conditions after temperatures in Phoenix hit 107 degrees on Tuesday.

Desert areas of San Diego will see temperatures reach up to 117 degrees.

By comparison, forecasts for the Sahara over the next ten days show highs of just 103 degrees.

Temperatures are expected to peak by Friday, which is expected to be the hottest day of the week in most places.

A life-threatening heat wave will send West Coast temperatures over 100 degrees this weekend

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A life-threatening heat wave will send West Coast temperatures over 100 degrees this weekendCredit: AFP
Scorching temperatures will exceed those of the Shara Desert

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Scorching temperatures will exceed those of the Shara DesertCredit: Getty Images – Getty

“Warm daytime temperatures with hot troughs overnight will create a high risk of heat-related impacts for the general population,” the NWS said.

The scorching temperatures will exceed those of the Sahara Desert.

The condition will be so hot that people could “quickly succumb to the effects of these dangerous temperatures”, the NWS warned.

“This heat will affect everyone, not just those sensitive to heat risk, the NWS office in Sacramento tweeted.

According AccuWeatheraffected areas will experience their hottest temperatures of the year so far.

“A northward bulge in the jet stream will expand and strengthen over the weekend, particularly Thursday through Saturday,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Brian Thompson.

Experts are warning residents of the risks of heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

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Forecasters say residents should limit outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day and should stay well hydrated.

Most heat-related alerts should disappear by Saturday evening or Sunday evening, depending on the region.

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