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NWS: EF-0 tornado in Mercer Co. wider, traveled further than first measured

Published: Monday, July 10, 2017 @ 8:44 PM
Updated: Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 10:10 AM

The National Weather Service confirms and EF0 tornado touched down Monday evening near Rockford, Ohio.

UPDATE @9:18 a.m. (July 14)

New measurements by the National Weather Service indicate an EF-0 tornado that touched down in Mercer County on July 10 traveled longer on the ground and was wider than first believed.

>>VIDEO: Close view of funnel cloud in Rockford

The updated measurements released Friday said the tornado traveled 6.5 miles on the ground, rather than the 3.9 miles the NWS reported on Wednesday. 

The tornado also had a width of 150 yards, also an increase from earlier measurements Wednesday where the tornado was thought to be only 80 yards wide. 

The new NWS measurements also indicate the tornado touched down at 8:14 p.m. before dissipating around 8:30 p.m., five minutes longer than the initial measurements. 

NWS reported the tornado is believed to have touched down near Winkler Road just west of State Route 49. It moved moved east damaging the roof of a home, and nearby trees, on the southwest corner of Winkler and Short roads. 

>>PHOTOS: Funnel cloud, lightning in Mercer

The tornado continued east causing damage to the roof of a house west of Wabash Road and trees on the property. The tornado moved east-southeast across Hill Road, crossing Winkler Road damaging crops and trees along its path. 

NWS reported “cycloidal scarring” was noted in the corn fields adjacent to Winkler Road and Jordan Road. 

The tornado crossed Jordan Road, moving east-southeast to near the intersection of Lee Road and Erastus-Durbin Road, according to NWS. An outbuilding was destroyed and the tornado damaged another area of trees along Township Line Road

The tornado continued east-southeast into open fields north of Rockford West Road before it dissipated at this location, according to NWS.

UPDATE @ 11:17 a.m. (July 12) 

The National Weather Service said an EF-0 tornado touched down in Mercer County Monday night with winds reaching 70 mph, the service said in a release Wednesday. 

The tornado was on the ground for 11 minutes, starting at 8:20 p.m. through 8:31 p.m., the service said in the released measurements of their survey. 

The tornado traveled just under four miles with a maximum width of 80 yards. 

“Based on eyewitness reports, the tornado is believed to have touched down in the vicinity of Hill Road, north of Winkler Road” the weather service said in the release. “From here, the tornado moved generally east-southeast, crossing Winkler Road and damaging crops and trees along its path.”

Surveyors said the tornado also damaged an outbuilding near the intersection of Lee Road and Erastus-Durbin Road. A line of trees was also damaged along Township Line Road before it dissipated in an open field north of Rockford West Road.  

Mike Robbins Mercer Co EMA Director

UPDATE @ 12:05 p.m. (July 11)

The National Weather Service confirms a tornado touched down in northern Mercer County Wednesday, the service said in a statement. 

Additional details on the tornado, including the statistics of its path and wind speed will be released later today or tomorrow from the NWS. 

Mike Robbins, Director of the Mercer County Emergency Management Agency said the damage was contained to a cornfield north of Rockford. 

SCENE: Rockford area corn field

UPDATE @ 11:47 p.m.(July 10):  National Weather Service investigators could come to Mercer County on Tuesday to verify the claim that a tornado touched down Monday night. Investigators with the Wilmington office will coordinate with county Emergency Management Agency officials to decide whether to visit the county to confirm the twister near Rockford.

>>VIDEO: Close view of funnel cloud in Rockford

>>PHOTOS: Funnel cloud, lightning in Mercer

>>RELATED: Flash flood warnings issued

 "We've seen all the pictures and lots of videos. We had a public report. As of now, there's no proof of any touchdown other than somebody's word,” NWS Meteorologist James Gibson said.

West of Rockford, Ohio

UPDATE @ 9:20 p.m.:  The tornado warning for Mercer expired at 9 p.m., but a severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect for Mercer, Auglaize and Shelby counties until 9:45 p.m.


At 8:37 p.m., a tornado apparently touched down just west of Rockford, but has lifted. 

There is no word whether the tornado hit anything, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell is reporting. 

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said he has not been made aware of any damage in the county.

Funnel Cloud just north of Celina, Ohio around 8:50pm Monday. Video courtesy of Lori Wilder

Check our interactive radar

At 8:33 p.m., winds of 73 mph were being reported in Mercer County, headed toward Rockford. 

Warnings in area counties

Utility poles are reported down in the area of Winkler Road and U.S. 33 and a funnel cloud was spotted by trained weather spotters, Elwell said. 

Winds clocked at more than 100 mph worked to drive the twister, Elwell said.

Tornado in Mercer County

The combination of winds coming into and moving out of the Rockford area created “gate to gate shear,” Elwell said. Radar measured an incoming wind of 73 mph and an outbound wind, right next to the inbound, of 33 mph, which was recorded as the maximum wind potential.

There are as many as five tornado warnings issued in northwest Indiana and the system is headed to the southeast, Elwell is reporting.

We have a crew headed to the area. We will update this developing report.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 9:39 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:51 AM

Crash on NB I-75 near Dryden Road exit
Crash on NB I-75 near Dryden Road exit

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • On Needmore Road at northbound I-75 in Dayton, two-vehicle crash reported around 7:30 a.m. Left lanes are blocked. 
  • Shroyer Road at SR 65 in Shelby County, single-vehicle rollover crash reported around 5:50 a.m. No word on injuries, Careflight has been put on standby. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported. 

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.

Power outages reported in Montgomery County 

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:22 AM

Miamisburg power outage

Nearly 120 Dayton Power & Light customers are without power in Montgomery County.

Power is expected to be restored around 11 a.m., according to DP&L. Power went out around 5:48 a.m.

The day is starting frigid with temperatures in the single digits. 

>> RELATED: Wind chill advisory in effect until noon; drivers should watch for snow-lingering roads

The outage is southwest of the Dayton Mall, close to Interstate 75, according to DP&L.

It’s unknown what caused the outage. 

Miami County overdoses up in 2017

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:53 AM

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Miami County ended 2017 with 31 confirmed overdose deaths and two suspected deaths, pending rulings, according to county Coroner William Ginn's annual report.

>> Dayton officer treated at hospital for suspected fentanyl exposure

The overdose deaths are up from 2016, when the county recorded 20 overdose deaths. Miami County saw a record of 25 overdose deaths in the first six months of 2017 before a decline the second half of the year.

The overdose deaths were broken down as follows: 

  • One caused by fentanyl alone
  • One by unknown drug/substance
  • Remainder of overdoses were by multiple drugs. Those drugs included marijuana, benzodiazepines, cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, other fentanyls, alcohol, amphetamines, gabapentin and others. 

In January,  the county recorded 102 overdoses. Like the overdose deaths, overdose numbers declined the last six months of the year.

>> Fentanyl delivered through the mail

>> 2 indicted in fatal fentanyl OD death in Miami County

A year-end report from Miami County Public Health showed 778 drug overdoses in 2017. Of the overdoses, 65 percent involved people ages 25-49.

The area of overdoses are as follows:
  • 275 were in Troy
  • 310 in Piqua
  •  93 in Tipp City
  • 52 in West Milton
  • 25 in Covington.  

Wind Chill Advisory in effect until noon; drivers should watch for snow-lingering roads

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:38 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 5:27 AM

Temperatures slowly improve this week.

RELATED: Winter in full swing: another cold blast sends temps to well below freezing


  • Wind Chill Advisory through noon for all counties except Butler, Warren & Clinton
  • Few flurries possible
  • Warming up for weekend

RELATED: Closings and Delays


TODAY: Lingering snow-covered roads will mainly be on side streets and off and on ramps after yesterday’s snowfall. It’ll be a bitter cold morning with temperatures continuing to drop into the single digits. A light breeze will keep wind chills from 5 to 15 below zero all day with a Wind Chill Advisory in effect through noon all counties except Butler, Clinton, and Warren. Partly cloudy skies today with some across the south, shifting out of our area. We could see a few more flurries develop into the evening as highs peak around 11 degrees. 

RELATED: WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

WEDNESDAY: Another cold morning with temperatures starting in the single digits. It won’t be as breezy, so wind chills will be below zero, but not low enough for another advisory. Expect sunshine and scattered clouds as high reach in the low 20s. 

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

THURSDAY: A cold and quiet start to the day with sunshine and a few clouds. Highs peak in the upper 20s.

FRIDAY: It’ll start to her a little warmer as temperatures climb to the mid to upper 30s as clouds increase through the day. 

SATURDAY: The weekend starts with quiet weather as temperatures peak in the mid-40s. Moisture starts to increase with the possibility of some drizzle or light rain showers arriving in the evening hours.