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National Weather Service confirms 5th tornado during Tri-State storms

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HIGHLAND COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

Straight line winds, not a tornado, are responsible for the storm damage in northern Kentucky Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. 

NWS surveyors determined the cause after looking at the severe storm's path through Kenton, Boone and Gallatin counties. 

Three tornadoes did, in fact, hit Highland County Wednesday.

In Highland County's and EF0 was confirmed in Leesburg, at least one vacant home was destroyed and trees and barns were reported down, according to the sheriff's office. Winds reached up to 85 mph.

A second tornado came through highland County near Greenfield with winds near 65 mph making it a EF0.

The third was confirmed near New Market, south of Hillsboro. An EF1 was confirmed with wind speeds reached up to 95 mph. 

There are five confirmed tornadoes that hit the Tri-State after destructive storms knocked out power to thousands, flooded streets and tore trees out of the ground and siding off of homes Wednesday.

An EF 1 was confirmed in Amelia with 110 mph winds, and an EF 0 tornado was confirmed in Anderson Township with maximum wind speeds of 80 mph.

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