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Is The Miami Valley A Tornado Hotspot? WYSO Curious Dives In

Sep 14, 2017
Liam Niemeyer

This week on WYSO Curious –we answer two listener questions about tornados.

First question:  Why is the Miami Valley a tornado hotspot?  And secondly:  How does the National Weather Service go about alerting us when a tornado is approaching?  WYSO Curious intern Liam Niemeyer starts his search for answers in Clinton County – near Wilmington.

You can see where the National Weather Service station is in Wilmington miles before you reach it: A giant white ball towers above the farm fields in the area. And the locals have a name for it.

tornado wall cloud national weather service Photo taken near US 35 and I-75, just west of Dayton, at around 7 p.m. Wednesday
WYSO/ Jerry Kenney

Experts with the National Weather Service are still working to survey all of the damage from Wednesday's severe storms. Forecasters have so far confirmed there were six tornadoes in and around Clark and Miami Counties, with wind speeds varying between 75 and 100 miles per hour. 

The National Weather Service confirmed four tornadoes rated EF0, and two rated EF1, on the evening of May 24, 2017, including a twister that touched down in Clark County along Highway 235 near New Carlisle. No major injuries were reported.

tornado wall cloud national weather service Photo taken near US 35 and I-75, just west of Dayton, at around 7 p.m. Wednesday
WYSO/ Jerry Kenney

Authorities say tornadoes that touched down in three southwest Ohio counties have caused damage while 15 people trapped by flooding had to be rescued from a park.

Suspected tornado damage was reported Wednesday night in Clark, Greene and Miami counties. A gas station was destroyed in Clark County and some residents of a nearby damaged apartment complex were evacuated.

No serious injuries have been reported.

The National Weather Service says four tornadoes touched down in one western Ohio county during a storm that moved across Indiana and Ohio.

Emergency officials in Van Wert County near the Indiana state line say they're fortunate that the tornadoes rolled across mostly rural farmland during the storms Wednesday night. They say six properties had just minor damage.

The weather service also confirms that it was a tornado that damaged eight homes in Putnam County.

A county official says the homes lost siding, shingles and have a few broken windows.

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Meteorologists say tens of millions of Americans from Washington to Boston and the Ohio Valley could be walloped by an end-of-the-week snowstorm.
 
Although it's still early, computer forecast models are forecasting a windy, strong storm. The big questions are where and how much.
 
National Weather Service forecaster Rich Otto said some major cities will likely see a foot or more of snow. Other meteorologists talk about 18 inches, two feet and more.
 

Tornado Touched Down In Beavercreek Without Warning

May 27, 2015
The National Weather Service confirms a small tornado touched down in Beavercreek Tuesday.
Asha Brogan / WYSO

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.

National Weather Service, Wilmington, Ohio

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:

Storms Spawn Tornado In Cedarville

May 14, 2014
Barb Sloan

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.

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