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Hurricane Harvey: Ohio Task Force 1 arrives in Texas

Published: Thursday, August 24, 2017 @ 11:11 PM
Updated: Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 7:06 AM

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UPDATE @ 6:48 a.m. (Saturday)

Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane Saturday morning after making landfall around 11 p.m. Friday night as a Category 4 storm, according to the Associated Press.

WHIO’s Gabrielle Enright reports Ohio Task Force 1 is awaiting orders from FEMA for rescue assignments. Enright reports the task force may be asked to help with the flooding expected to come in the coming days.

Our news team in Texas is expected to meet up with the task force later today to learn more about their role in recovery efforts. 

UPDATE @ 11:55 p.m.

Ohio Task Force 1 has 49 members who arrived late tonight in San Antonio, Texas, ready for the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The category 4 storm made landfall late tonight.

MORE: Inside Ohio Task Force 1

Flooding rains and high winds are expected to wreak havoc across the Texas coast. Local first responders will handle initial efforts. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will deploy Ohio Task Force 1 members where they are needed most. The task force has boats and expertise in water rescues.

News Center 7 reporter Gabrielle Enright and videographer Chuck Hamlin headed to Texas to follow the Ohio Task Force 1 urban search and rescue team’s efforts in Texas.

Ohio Task Force 1 left from Kettering early Friday. Its members hail from all over Ohio.

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UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m.

Ohio Task Force 1 has crossed into Texas and are on the way to San Antonio to provide support for the potentially life-threatening flooding from Hurricane Harvey, a catogory 4 storm expected to make landfall tonight.

The task force does not have an assigned mission. Local resources will handle any issues first, and then the Ohio Task Force 1 will provide support once the local resources are over-extended.

OHTF1 headed to Texas


Members of Ohio Task Force 1 are driving near Little Rock this hour on the way to San Antonio in preparation for Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to strike the coast of the Lone Star State late Friday or early Saturday.

Many of the members of the team are trained for swift water rescues, which could be valuable considering the amount of rain forecast for the state as the hurricane approaches and makes landfall.

News Center 7’s Gabrielle Enright and photographer Chuck Hamlin are following the team and have traveled with the task force several times in the past when they were activated for similar storms.

RELATED: Ohio Task Force 1 ends Hurricane Matthew deployment 

Forty-nine members are part of the activation group, which learned of their mission in a conference call Thursday night. The crew worked to load the task force vehicles before they left their Kettering base Friday morning.

The task force is expected to arrive in San Antonio sometime around 10 p.m. Friday and could be moved depending on where their skills may be needed.

RELATED: Harvey now a hurricane, expected to slam into East Texas

In 2016, Ohio Task Force 1 was activated for a six-day deployment prompted by Hurricane Matthew. Eighty-three members of the task force rescued 100 people and more than two-dozen animals in the areas of Fayetteville and Lumberton, N.C.
Ohio Task Force 1 is headed to San Antonio, Texas, to help with any fallout from Hurricane Harvey, expected to make landfall on the east coast of Texas.(JIM NOELKER / STAFF)

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Cause of vacant house fire in Piqua under investigation

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 3:23 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 4:52 AM

A fire in the 200 block of East Main Street caused the inside of the house to be completely damaged.

UPDATE @ 4:41 a.m.:

The fire in the 200 block of East Main Street is under control but the inside of the house is completely damaged, according to Assistant Chief Kennedy of the Piqua Fire Department.

>>Winter Weather Advisory in effect; slick roads likely

The house was vacant and no one was inside, Kennedy said.

All crews from Piqua Fire Department worked on the fire with assistance from Covington Fire Department and Fletcher Fire Department.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

UPDATE @ 3:50 a.m.:

Piqua fire and police crews are battling a house fully engulfed in flames in the 200 block of East Main Street in Piqua.

The roof has reportedly collapsed but all walls are still intact, according to scanner traffic.

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Crews are on scene of a house fire that is reportedly engulfed in flames in the 200 block of East Main Street.

The fire was reported around 2:50 a.m. Saturday.

We have a crew on the way and will update this story as information becomes available. 

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Slick road conditions throughout Miami Valley

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:02 AM

A wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow will fall causing slick road conditions for Saint Patrick’s Day morning, according to StormCenter 7 meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

Roads will be icy especially on bridges and overpasses, so be sure to use caution during your commute.

>>Winter weather advisory until noon Saturday

A two vehicle injury accident was reported on West Dorothy Lane and Encrete Lane around 7:40 a.m. with heavy damage.

A van was found in a field with down power lines on 49 Gettysburg-Pitsburg Rd. in Arcanum around 7 a.m. It is not yet known if road conditions were a cause of the accident.

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Winter weather advisory until noon Saturday

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 5:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:27 AM

There will be a wintry mix this morning followed by scattered showers this afternoon.

The winter weather advisory has been dropped for Randolph (IN), Wayne (IN), Union (IN), Butler and Warren Counties. The rest of the Miami Valley remain under the advisory until noon, but may also be dropped out before then as conditions improve. A wintry mix of rain/sleet is pushing northeast out of the Miami Valley this morning. Roads may still remain slick for some, especially on elevated surfaces like bridges and overpasses. Also, watch for black ice on sidewalk, porches and driveways.

Temperatures will slowly climb and precipitation will change to rain showers by late morning with improving conditions in the afternoon. Clouds will linger through the day as we dry out late day into the evening. Highs for the day will climb into the lower 40s. Skies then begin to clear overnight and temperatures will fall back below freezing. Some isolated slick spots are possible with any roads still damp from earlier precipitation.

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

>>St. Patrick’s Day: Freezing rain could impact celebration


  • Freezing rain, sleet and snow this morning
  • Chance of showers this afternoon
  • More sun and milder for Sunday


Tomorrow: There will be sunny skies and it will be warmer with highs into the lower 50s.

>>What is freezing rain and how is it different from snow and sleet?

Monday: Some morning sun will give way to more clouds through the day. There will be a chance for a few showers towards the evening. It will become breezy with highs in the lower 50s.

Tuesday: Cloudy skies are expected with a few rain or snow showers early. It will be mostly cloudy for most of the day. A few more rain/snow showers may return into the night. Highs will be in the lower 40s.

>>5-Day Forecast

Wednesday: There will be a chance for a few passing snow showers and chilly with highs in the upper 30s.

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Checkpoint leads to 17 citations issued in Washington Twp.

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 1:55 AM

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An OVI checkpoint was held from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. Friday in Washington Township.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Montgomery County Combined Agency OVI Task Force conducted the checkpoint.

>>Winter Weather Advisory in effect; slick roads likely

There were no OVI arrests made during the checkpoint that saw over 730 vehicles on State Route 725 near Paragon Road, according to a release.

One citation for improper registration display and one citation for driving under suspension was occurred as a result of the OVI checkpoint, the release stated.

Extra patrols in the area from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s and Ohio State Highway Patrol resulted in six citations for moving violations, five non-moving citations, three seat belt citations, one marked lanes citation, according to the release.

>>Next few days ‘critical’ to survival of children injured in crash involving RTA bus

Extra patrols will be out for the remainder of Saint Patrick’s Day weekend.

Eleven alcohol involved crashes occurred around Saint Patrick’s Day in 2017, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Police encourage everyone to drink responsibly to keep roadways safe over the holiday weekend.

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