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Officials discuss Bethel Twp. tornado damage

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:55 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 12:33 PM

Park Layne Daylight Damage

UPDATE 12:33 p.m.

Park Layne resident Sherlene Oliver was attending church with her husband in Greene County when the tornadoes struck Wednesday evening, she said. 

“Some of us went in the basement,” she said. “Some of us went home."
When the tornado cleared the area, they went home, she said. 

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“We had to come down Osborne Road,” Oliver said. “Trees everywhere.” 

Oliver was grateful no one was hurt.

“Thank God for that … We were very blessed not to have no one killed,” she said. Oliver has been living in Park Layne since 1974 when her parents moved to the area from Kentucky. 

“This is home to me,” Oliver said.

UPDATE @ 10 a.m. 

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office was out in the area till 1:30 a.m. assessing the damaging, according to sheriff’s office officials at the news conference. Deputies were looking for people that may have been homeless. They transported people that may have lost their homes. 

Someone was trapped inside Family Dollar bathroom and had to be rescued. 

There were two tornadoes that struck the area. The township is waiting on confirmation from the National Weather Service.  

RELATED: National Weather Service confirms EF-1 tornado in Park Layne

A major hazard that resulted from the tornadoes was a leak from a primary line, according to Jacob King, the Bethel Fire Twp. fire chief.

Other damages included trees through houses, roofs that were torn off houses. 

Buildings behind the Sunoco gas station had to be evacuated, King said. 

RELATED: Beloved restaurant forced to close after storm damage

The tornadoes on Wednesday mark the second and third in the township within the last few weeks, according to King. 

No injuries were reported. 

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“That’s very unique for us,” King said. “It’s a miracle in my book.”

The damage assessment is still ongoing, according to officials.

UPDATE @ 8:07 a.m.

Clark County authorities have announced a 10 a.m. press conference to provide an update on tornado damage in Park Layne.

We will bring that information to you live as it is released.

Storm damage in Clark County

UPDATE @ 6:43 a.m. 

Peggy Aten, a Park Layne resident and a Community Markets employee, said she had not been inside the store yet, but the roof was laying in the parking lot.

On Wednesday night, she was on her porch when she saw a big flash of light. 

“I just watched that whole big black cloud roll,” she said. “It was unreal.” 

Aten said was surprised no one was hurt. 

“It’s been a long time since we had a storm like that,” she said.

UPDATE @ 5:35 a.m. 

Deputies in Clark County said the sheriff’s department is expected to hold a press conference Thursday to update damage reports throughout the county. 

A time and location were not immediately available. 

WATCH: Clark Co. sheriff gives update on tornado damage

EARLIER REPORT

There is heavy damage from Wednesday night’s tornadoes and severe weather in several locations in Miami, Greene and Clark counties.

The National Weather Service is working to confirm the number, strength and exact locations of tornado touchdowns in the Miami Valley Wednesday evening.

>>PHOTOS: Storm damageStorms clouds roll in

A Sunoco gas station on state Route 235, in the 2100 block of South Dayton-Lakeview Road in Park Layne, has been destroyed and other businesses in that area have been damaged.

RELATED: National Weather Service spotters looking to confirm tornadoes in 3 counties

The Churchill Manor apartment complex, located behind the Sunoco station, has been partially evacuated due to storm damage. Firefighters said occupants of two of the three buildings in the complex will be displaced. One building is missing its roof, while the second roof was leaking.

Victory Motors has been damaged. The side of the store has been blown off. A Family Dollar store and a McDonald’s have been damaged as well.

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This Family Dollar store in Park Layne, Clark County, was heavily damaged in Wednesday night's storm and suspected tornado. (Gabrielle Enright/Staff)

RELATED: Roundup of flood watches, advisories in effect overnight

We will update this report as warranted.

Strong winds, snow, dropping temps to impact area today

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4:09 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4:42 AM

Snow squalls cause rapid loss in visibility and slick roads.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Strong wind gusts 30-40 mph today
  • Snow squalls possible late morning through afternoon
  • Temperatures drop through the day w/ single digit wind chills

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DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: There could be some issues for the morning drive today due to slick spots and strong winds, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Temperatures are at or above 32 degrees with mist and drizzle across the area, but as temperatures drop, slick spots could develop. As of early morning, snow is set up off Lake Michigan in northern Indiana. That snow, along with colder air, will arrive later this morning. Winds are already begun gusting between 25-35 MPH, which could produce some issues for the morning drive. As wind flow becomes more favorable off Lake Michigan, some lake effect snow bands are expected to develop. 

Active snow will likely start later this morning. There’s a chance for snow squalls during the day, and they will gradually turn northeast as the winds shift late afternoon. One to two inches of snow is possible in the bands. Outside of bands, it will be cloudy with flurries, but less than half an inch is expected.

RELATED: Whiteout conditions possible Tuesday as snow squalls move through

Rapid drops in visibility and slick roads are the main concern if caught in one of these bands, called a snow squall. The bands will be thin, so not everyone will experience snow but everyone will deal with strong winds on the road. Temperatures will fall through the day and wind chills will drop to the single digits by about 4 p.m. Any snow ends into early evening. Tonight temperatures drop into the teens with wind chills in the low single digits.

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WEDNESDAY: Not much of a break. Isolated slick spots on the roads possible and BITTER cold with temperatures in the teen and wind chills in the single digits in the morning. Another quick system will aproach Wednesday. Temperatures climb into the low 30s during the day. Breezy with scattered snow showers in the afternoon. More scattered snow showers at night. Accumulation should stay light around 1” but temperatures drop to the upper teens overnight so that will keep roads snowy by Thursday morning.

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THURSDAY: Slick roads early and COLD. Mostly cloudy day but quiet. Highs in the upper 20s which is colder than normal.

FRIDAY: Another cold morning in the upper teens. Mostly cloudy with some passing snow showers possible mainly north. Highs in the upper 20s.

RELATED: Dayton Interactive Radar- WHIO Doppler 7

SATURDAY: A better start to the weekend. Temperatures improve to around 40 during the day with partly cloudy skies.

Gusty winds, snow, slick roads to impact Tuesday morning commute

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 3:56 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 1:00 AM

ON SCENE: Car flips into ditch on I-75
ON SCENE: Car flips into ditch on I-75

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

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.

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Major Highway Incidents

  • On U.S. 35 westbound exit 44 (N. Fairfield Rd.) in Beavercreek, has reopened after a vehicle fire reported at 1:30 a.m.

Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Farmersville-West Carrollton Road close to Upper River Road just west of the Great Miami River, closed this week for railroad work. Expected to be closed for three to four days. Detour route signs will be posted at the site. 
  • 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 Nov. 29 - Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 121 between SR 726 and New Madison-Coletown Road, ROAD CLOSURE Nov. 20 - Dec. 22. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503

MIAMI COUNTY

  • SR 571 between Fourth Street and Fifth Street in Tipp City, ROAD CLOSURE Jan. 2 - 9. The official detour is I-75 to US 40 to SR 202

SHELBY COUNTY  

  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Jan. 1 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. One lane will be open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 

N. Fairfield Rd. exit on US-35 in Beavercreek has reopened after vehicle fire

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 1:32 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 2:39 AM

UPDATE @ 2:40 a.m: Exit 44 on westbound U.S. 35 in Beavercreek has reopened after a vehicle fire Tuesday morning. 

UPDATE @ 1:50 a.m: Exit 44 (N Fairfield Rd.) on westbound U.S. 35 in Beavercreek is closed as a result of a vehicle fire early Tuesday morning.

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No one was injured as as result of the fire, according to our crew.

Beavercreek police continue to investigate the cause of the fire. 

INITIAL REPORT

Units are on scene of a fully involved car fire on U.S. 35, east of N. Fairfield Road in Beavercreek.

The incident occurred early Tuesday morning around 1:20 a.m.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story with additional details. 

Whiteout conditions possible Tuesday as snow squalls move through

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

Snow squalls cause rapid loss in visibility and slick roads.

The Storm Center 7 team of meteorologists are forecasting the potential for isolated snow squalls to impact the region Tuesday, which could create for reduced visibility for some drivers in the area.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’M CAUGHT IN A SNOW SQUALL?

The timing of the snow squalls is looking to be for the first part of Tuesday.  The moisture will be coming from Lake Michigan and  when the snow line becomes partnered with the windy conditions expected in the Miami Valley, poor visibility can accompany it.

FORECAST: Wintry mix late tonight, followed by lake-effect snow Tuesday

Communities that get caught in the lake-enhanced snow squalls could see two or more inches of snow, especially in areas northeast of Dayton.

The Storm Center 7 team is forecasting the squalls will be very isolated across the area.