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Tornado Touched Down In Beavercreek Without Warning

May 27, 2015
The National Weather Service confirms a small tornado touched down in Beavercreek Tuesday.
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The National Weather Service in Wilmington has confirmed that a small tornado touched down in Beavercreek Tuesday.

At least one person suffered minor injuries and the twister damaged a few buildings in the Greene Crossing Shopping Center. But the tornado was especially surprising because there were no sirens before it struck.

Beavercreek resident Rick Beal says he was driving home from the shopping center when it hit. There had been strong winds, but the actual tornado touched down really briefly.

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Ohioans aren't getting a reprieve from the long weekend's record-breaking cold temperatures. 
 
Cities across the state were starting the day with temperatures below zero Tuesday, with some reporting record low temperatures for the second day in a row.  

The city of Dayton has opened several warming centers through Thursday. The Greater Dayton Recreation Center on W. Third St.
, the Northwest Recreation Center on Princeton Ave. and the Lohrey Recreation Center on Glenarm will all function as warming centers during regular business hours, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Here's a look at the weather over the next few days from the National Weather Service:

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A severe storm front moving through the Miami Valley produced at least one confirmed tornado touchdown in Cedarville.  Several buildings were demolished and as many as four people had to be extricated from the basement of a home near Barber and Weimer Roads.  

Rosanne Anders of the Greene County Emergency Management Agency says EMS personnel responded to the scene and that there were "minor injuries that required no transportation to the hospital." 

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Updated 5 p.m.

A severe storm warning is still in effect through 1 a.m. Saturday. Brian Koniglio with the National Weather Service says storms this big are rare. 

"You wouldn’t have a storm like this more than like a couple times a year," he said. "Some years you don’t even have any like this."

It’s already snowed several inches, and Koniglio says snowfall will pick up after sunset.

Another four to six inches of accumulation are expected overnight. Travelers are advised to stay off the roads if possible.

The Miami Valley is seeing its first heat wave. The high temperatures combined with abundant sunshine and humidity is going to make it feel like the upper 90s to the triple digits through the weekend. Ohioans will get some relief when a cold front comes through on Saturday, but things won’t really cool down until Sunday into early next week.

Mike Kurz of the National Weather Service in Wilmington says that although this the hottest weather this year, it’s not going to be as hot as last summer.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, issued weather warnings this week that are credited with saving lives in Oklahoma. And it, like other government organizations, is dealing with the impact of the federal budget cuts knows as sequestration. The agency reports however, they will still maintain its critical missions.