2010 Tornado: OARDC rebuilding after tornado destroys research

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2010 tornado: OARDC rebuilding after tornado destroys research

WOOSTER, Ohio — Rebuilding continues at Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Ohio, after a tornado touched down Sept. 16.

The OARDC is known as the nation’s largest research center of its kind — 400 or more people can be found there on a typical day. Fortunately, the storm hit at about 5:30 p.m., a time when many had just left. There were no serious injuries.

The tornado, with winds of up to 130 mph, hit the main OARDC campus and Secrest Arboretum, devastating buildings, greenhouses and at least 1,500 large trees.

Officials said the loss of research is “priceless.”

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