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DeWine Requests FEMA Aid for Dayton Area Tornado Relief

a photo of Mike DeWine talking to media
Jason Reynolds
Gov. Mike DeWine surveys the damage in the Dayton after a tornado hit Tuesday morning.

Gov. Mike DeWine requested help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for 10 counties that suffered damage from tornadoes that ripped through Ohio Tuesday morning.

One person died in Tuesday’s storms. But DeWine, who toured the damage with his wife Fran, said it could have been worse.

“We saw them first from the air but then when we got down on the ground and looked at those homes, you know, if I didn’t know anything and just saw the homes, I would have assumed there were a lot more people killed,” he said.

DeWine credited the media for getting the word out and to the people affected who heeded that warning. DeWine said he wants the feds to come in next week to do a survey of the damage and figure out what national resources might be available to help people rebuild their lives.