Tornado Hits Ursuline College Early Saturday Morning


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Early Saturday morning, a tornado touched down in northeast Ohio hitting Ursuline College.

The tornado, which has been classified as an EF1, hit just northwest of the college at around 3:35 a.m. Saturday morning. It made it's way across the campus, measuring 100 to 200 yards wide, and traveling 1.3 miles.

The 110 mile per hour winds caused damage to several of the buildings located on campus. The external wall of the schools O'brien Athletic Center collapsed and the center also suffered damage to the roof. Other buildings that were damaged include the Dauby Science Center and the Ralph M. Besse Library. Trees surrounding the campus were uprooted and debris was scattered.

The spokeswoman for the college, Angela DelPrete said that there were only about five students on campus at the time the tornado hit. They were about 1,000 feet from the gymnasium, which was the building that withstood the most damage. Luckily, there were very few students on campus, due to Summer break, and none of the students present were injured.

The blessing is that there was no loss of life or injury
-Sister Diana Stano, president of Ursuline College

Ursuline college is located approximately 13 miles east of Cleavland, in Pepper Pike, Ohio. It was founded by Roman Catholic nuns, the Ursuline sisters in 1871, and was the first women's college located in Ohio. It was also one of the first women's colleges located in the United States. There are currently over 1500 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the college. Although they now accept men, men only make up approximately 9 percent of the student body.

A message recorded at the campus stated that the school would be closed Saturday and Sunday to asses the damage. The school website also said that there would be a disaster relief fund set up to help rebuild the buildings that were damaged.