Celina worker took cover in break room during tornado, ‘glad we’re still alive’

Published: Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 5:30 PM
Updated: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 11:54 AM

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News Center 7’s Sean Cudahy is in Celina today as the National Weather Service is conducting its survey of tornado damage.

Dunham’s Sports on Havemann Road was heavily damaged. Zach Short, an employee of the business, said last night he had to take cover in the employee break room during the storm. 

“No one was really screaming, they were pretty calm,” Short said.

And after he saw the damage outside, Short said, “Glad we’re still alive. Couldn’t really fathom it.”

Dunham's Sports in Celina, Nov. 6, 2017. SEAN CUDAHY/STAFF

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A tornado touched down in Mercer County Sunday afternoon, causing multiple injuries and what witnesses said was “horrific damage” in Celina, according to the National Weather Service and callers to our newsroom.

The National Weather Service and local officials said as many as eight injuries and “significant” damage were reported near Celina and Coldwater. A WHIO TV crew in Celina saw that a portion of the roof to Crown Equipment Corp. on Grand Lake Road was missing and an exterior wall has suffered significant damage.

None of the injuries were initially thought to be life-threatening, but local officials said it was too early to offer specifics.

“We’ve had significant damage to a number of industries and retail shops,” said Celina Mayor Jeff Hazel. “At last count, I did hear that we had at least eight injuries.”

One immediate issue Sunday evening was there was no power in Celina. Residents were being encouraged to stay home.

“The message is ‘Stay home,’ and if you’re out, ‘Go home,’” Hazel said.

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Hazel said some roads needed to be cleared and power needed to be restored. It was hoped that at least some of the power would be restored by morning.

There were reports of at least two people injured at the C-Town Wings restaurant in Celina. A caller to our newsroom said the eastern side of Celina saw significant damage, with power lines down at one point near Ohio 29 and Havemann Road at about 3:45 p.m. A Dollar General store near Havemann was also damaged.

Another caller said a barn had been lifted from its foundation on Carmel Church Road in Mercer County.

An additional injury was reported by the National Weather Service on Ohio 29 after a power pole fell.

“Today was a dangerous day,” WHIO-TV Meteorologist Brett Collar said. “Multiple injuries, a lot of structures down, and that is something we were able to see on radar. We were able to actually see debris on radar.”

When “debris signatures” — trees or building structures aloft in heavy winds — are visible on radar, that’s a sign of substantial damage, Collar said.

Sunday afternoon saw multiple hazards in effect across the area. A tornado watch had been in effect for Auglaize and Mercer counties until 3:15 p.m. Sunday, and for much of the Dayton area until 7 p.m.

>> Reports of heavy damage, injuries at Celina restaurant

Showers and thunderstorms across the region had been expected Sunday afternoon. Flash Flood watches had been issued for Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Delaware, Franklin, Greene, Hardin, Licking, Logan, Madison, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, Union counties until Monday at 4 a.m.

Inch-sized hail had also been reported in the area, according to the National Weather Service.

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Overnight, lingering showers were expected but the overall threat level was expected to dissipate by early Monday. Temperatures were to drop through the 50s overnight.

On Monday, more showers are expected, with highs by the early morning hours in the upper 50s. Temperatures will fall during the day through the lower 50s and 40s.

On Tuesday, which is Election Day: More clouds will linger, but it looks to be a mainly dry and cooler day with highs in the lower 50s.


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Neon sign sparks small fire outside Quincy’s in Dayton

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:58 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:16 AM

A neon sign caught fire outside of the restaurant at 865 North Main Street around 3:30 a.m., according to our first responder.

A neon sign caught fire early this morning outside Quincy’s restaurant.

Crews were called around 3:30 a.m. to 865 N. Main St. The road was closed at Miami Boulevard for a few hours as Dayton fire crews were on scene.

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Flood watch, heavy rain throughout the day

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:32 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

Heavy rain will increase the flooding threat today. Storms tonight may produce damaging winds.

A Flood Watch is in effect through 10 a.m. Sunday for the entire region.


  • Strong to severe storms possible tonight
  • Threat for isolated damaging winds and flooding
  • Additional 1 to 3 inches of rain possible through Sunday morning

>> Weekend brings more rain, threat for strong storms

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

Today: Rain may be heavy at times, especially toward the evening. A few thunderstorms are possible in the evening and overnight. Isolated damaging winds and flooding will be the main threat tonight. Rainfall amounts of 1 inch to 3 inches will be possible by Sunday morning. Temperatures will rise into the lower to middle 50s into the evening, then will fall late tonight as a cold front passes.

>> Great Miami River expected to crest this weekend; where will flooding occur?

Sunday: Any rain early will end quickly then clouds linger. Flooding still possible as rivers and streams continue to rise. Highs will be in the lower 50s and it will be windy at times. There will be gradually decreasing clouds through the night and chilly with temperatures falling into the lower 30s. Watch for isolated slick spots late with any leftover standing water. 

Monday: There will be a lot of sunshine and mild with highs in the lower 50s.

Tuesday: There will be mostly sunny skies with mild temperatures in the upper 50s.

Wednesday: Clouds return with the chance for showers. Highs will top out near 60 degrees.

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Red Cross says 21 staffers paid for sexual service in past 3 years

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 9:57 AM

Red Cross: 21 Staffers Paid for Sexual Service in Last 3 Years

A member of the International Committee of the Red Cross said that in the past three years, 21 staff members have resigned or were fired for “paying for sexual services,” CNN reported.

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Two other staff members suspected of sexual misconduct also did not have their contracts renewed, according to Yves Daccord, director general of the ICRC.

"This behavior is a betrayal of the people and the communities we are there to serve. It is against human dignity and we should have been more vigilant in preventing this," Daccord said.

Daccord said staffers are required to adhere to the ICRC’s code of conduct, which bans paying for sexual services. The organization has more than 1,700 staff members worldwide, CNN reported.

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Man found dead on neighbor’s property in Warren County

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 10:33 AM

The death of a 62-year old man found dead Friday morning on his neighbor’s property is not considered suspicious.

Neighbors found the man between 10:30 and 11 a.m. in the 800 block of North Nixon Road in Turtlecreek Twp., Lt. Shaun Embleton of Warren County Sheriff’s Office said. 

>>Flood watch, advisory in effect; heavy rain throughout the day

The name of the deceased man was not released Saturday, pending notification of family.

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed and the death is not considered suspicious at this time, Embleton said.

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