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Tornadoes Ravage Ohio City on Memorial Day

Residents in Dayton, Ohio, have been left to pick up the pieces after three tornadoes caused widespread damage on Monday.

It was reported by ABC News that more than 80,000 people—more than half of Dayton’s reported population—were left without power early Tuesday morning. The storm has caused one confirmed death.

"I don't know that any community that is fully prepared for this type of devastation," Dayton Assistant Fire Chief Nicholas Hosford said Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America."

ABC went on to report that there were 51 tornadoes across eight states on Monday—Idaho, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio—and severe weather remains a threat through Wednesday.

Ohio, and some of its larger metros, are no strangers to these storms.

A Redfin report in April outlined the metros at most risk for a natural disaster, and three Ohio metros found their names on the list. Cleveland and Columbus, which is located 71 miles from Dayton, had a natural disaster ranking of 23. Cincinnati was close behind with a natural disaster ranking of 24. Cincinnati is located 54 miles from Dayton.

According to the Redfin report, Columbus and Cleveland have experienced a combined 138 tornadoes. Cincinnati has 46 on record and Columbus’ 78 tornadoes were tied for second most on the list with Atlanta, Georgia, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Those impacted by the storm also face the dangers of foreclosure. CoreLogic released a study in May that stated without proper insurance, many homeowners impacted by natural disasters such as tornadoes may be at increased risk of foreclosure. CoreLogic’s 2019 Insurance Coverage Adequacy Report reveals how underinsurance can leave an impact on the lending industry.

“The disruption of a family’s regular flow of income and payments, as well as substantial loss in property value, can trigger mortgage default; especially if homeowners are underinsured and cannot afford to rebuild,” said Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic.

Disruption to income from natural disasters including wildfires, tornadoes, and hurricanes can lead to mortgage defaults, and CoreLogic notes that delinquency and foreclosures typically spike in an affected area following a disaster.

“The financial impact of underinsurance touches everyone; this is especially true after a catastrophic event where widespread property damage can cost billions of dollars,” CoreLogic stated in the report.

The Five Star Institute will host its Disaster Preparedness Symposium on July 31 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Natural disasters impact investors, service providers, mortgage servicers, government agencies, legal professionals, lenders, property preservation companies, and—most importantly—homeowners.

The 2019 Five Star Disaster Preparedness Symposium will include critical conversations on response, reaction and assistance, to ensure the industry is ready to lend the proper support the next time a natural disaster strikes. 

About Author: Mike Albanese

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Mike Albanese has worked for news publications since 2011 in Texas and Colorado. He has built a portfolio of more than 1,000 articles, covering city government, police and crime, business, sports, and is experienced in crafting engaging features and enterprise pieces. He spent time as the sports editor for the "Pilot Point Post-Signal," and has covered the DFW Metroplex for several years. He has also assisted with sports coverage and editing duties with the "Dallas Morning News" and "Denton Record-Chronicle" over the past several years.
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