Media images online showed snowplows from the Ohio Department of Transportation clearing debris from U.S. Interstate 75 just north of the city.
Some residents who left their damaged homes say they're already being victimized, WLWT Channel 5 reports.
McDonald said five busloads of displaced residents were taken to a church that opened as a shelter.
There were no reports of fatalities as of Tuesday night, Channel said, but there have been reports of storm related injuries, and those harmed were taken to local hospitals.
"I just got down on all fours and covered my head with my hands", he said.
There are only four other recorded instances when more than 500 USA tornadoes were observed in a 30-day period: in 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2011, according to Patrick Marsh, a meteorologist with the weather service's Storm Prediction Center.
In Celina, Ohio, 81-year-old Melvin Dale Hannah was killed when winds blew a parked vehicle into his house, Mayor Jeffrey Hazel said on May 28.
Lawrence is one of three places in Douglas County, Kansas, to have received significant damage from the storm.
At least half a dozen communities from eastern IN through central OH suffered damage, according to the National Weather Service, though authorities working through the night had reported no fatalities as of early Tuesday.
"Devastation", Lynch said. "World War III".
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The tornado is part of a massive severe weather system in the central United States that has produced tornado activity for eight straight days.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) declared a state of emergency in three hard-hit counties. In hard-hit Celina (suh-LEYE'-nuh), site of the only OH fatality, Fire Chief Douglas Wolters cited alerts people received on their phones and extensive coverage by TV meteorologists ahead of the storm, giving residents a 10-minute warning.
A boil-water advisory was issued after the city's pumping stations lost power.
At least 75 homes were damaged after a twister struck Monday evening in the in town of Pendleton. No serious injuries were reported in the area or other parts of the state.
Tornado sirens rang through the area overnight as trees were uprooted, power lines knocked down and homes destroyed. Several apartment buildings were damaged or destroyed, including one complex where the entire roof was torn away, and at least three dozen people were treated at emergency rooms for cuts, bumps and bruises.
Pendleton High School was opened as a shelter for the community, where more than 3,500 homes and businesses were without power and utility crews were at work repairing downed power lines.
"People are getting antsy. We still have hazards out there".
Almost 80 people in and around Dayton went to hospitals with injuries, said Elizabeth Long, a spokeswoman for the Kettering Health Network.
Scores of tornados wrought destruction in eight USA states as their paths tore across a broad stretch of the country this week in one of the most intense periods of activity in almost 40 years. That includes a deadly April 27, 2011, "super outbreak" of 173 tornadoes.