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Special teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency arrive in Ohio Tuesday to begin assessing the damage from last week’s tornado outbreak.

The storm damaged thousands of homes and businesses across the Miami Valley and FEMA’s visit is a critical step toward securing federal disaster assistance, but officials say it could take weeks before any potential disaster aid comes to Ohio.

Gov. Mike DeWine has declared a state of emergency in three Ohio counties after spending the day surveying the damage left behind by tornadoes and severe storms. 

A tornado in Mercer County caused damage to a farm near Celina, Ohio.
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Several home and businesses in Celina were destroyed Sunday as what witnesses say was a tornado swept across the Mercer County city. At least eight people were injured.

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New figures show Delaware County had Ohio’s lowest unemployment rate last month.

State labor officials say the county had a February jobless rate of 3.6 percent, just below northwest Ohio’s Mercer County.