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6 hurt, widespread damage after tornado hits Richland County communities

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A confirmed tornado hit the Shelby area in Richland County Sunday afternoon, leaving widespread damage and injuring at least 6 people (WSYX/WTTE)

A suspected tornado hit a rural Ohio city, as the storm that pummeled the South made its way to the Northeast.

Several homes and businesses were damaged after an apparent tornado struck Shelby, Ohio, Sunday about 4 p.m. The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed late Sunday that a tornado touched down in the city of Shelby and town of Sharon. The NWS was planning to send a survey crew to the are Monday to determine the twister's path and size.

Shelby is about 90 miles from Cleveland. The Shelby YMCA said on Facebook they would be open April 15th for anyone who needs a hot shower, or just a place to be, free of charge.

The Richland County Emergency Management Agency reported about a half-dozen homes were damaged and at least six people were taken to a hospital to be treated for storm-related injuries.

The National Weather Service has issued tornado watch warnings for parts of Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Sunday's warnings come as a severe storm in the South destroyed homes, hospitalized people and caused the deaths of eight people.

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