3 dead in Ohio storm; governor tours damaged area

DAN SEWELL Associated Press Published:

MOSCOW, Ohio (AP) -- A village administrator says strong storms that killed three people destroyed about 25 of the roughly 100 buildings in her southwest Ohio community and damaged dozens more.

The village of Moscow was among the hardest-hit Friday when possible tornadoes were reported in at least six Ohio cities and towns.

Authorities prevented residents from returning home Saturday unless they had specific needs, such as retrieving pets or medication.

They were limited to the outskirts of town, where pieces of insulation and rugs hung from trees. The shingled roof of an antique shop had been blown onto a nearby hillside, and a 4-foot stone statue was toppled in the yard.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman toured the damaged area. Portman called the scene "devastating."