Ohio Gov. authorizes state funds for local tornado victims

This image captures just some of the damage sustained in Cloverdale during the tornado.

On Tuesday, Ohio Governor John Kasich authorized the use of State Disaster Relief funds to assist the Villages of Cloverdale (Putnam Co.) and Jerry City (Wood Co.) as they continue to recover from the severe storms and tornadoes that hit on November 17th.

â??Iâ??ve reached out to local officials across the impacted areas to make sure the state is doing all we can to help our neighbors get back on their feet,â?? said Kasich. â??Both Cloverdale and Jerry City are in need of some additional assistance, so weâ??re going to help them get through this and will continue to monitor the situation in case future needs arise.â??

According to a press release from the Governor's office, the State Disaster Relief Program is an authorized reimbursement program intended to provide assistance to local governments and eligible private non-profits organizations for costs associated with debris removal, emergency protective measures and permanent work.

Meanwhile, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) continues its work with local communities in affected areas to determine the impact of the severe storms and tornadoes.

The tornado that hit Jerry City was classified, by the National Weather Service, as an EF-1 tornado and had winds that reached between 105 and 110 miles per hour.

The twister that hit Cloverdale, the same day, was classified as an EF-2 tornado with winds that reached between 120 mph to 125 mph.

Winds in Cloverdale, during the tornado, damaged more than half of the homes in the village.