Three tornadoes, zero injuries: ‘It’s a miracle,’ fire chief says

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 5:46 PM


            A tornado damaged businesses in Park Layne in Clark County on Wednesday night. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF
A tornado damaged businesses in Park Layne in Clark County on Wednesday night. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF

Clean-up efforts began Thursday after severe weather ripped through the Miami Valley overnight, bringing an outbreak of tornadoes in the north and severe flooding in the south.

Three tornadoes struck Wednesday night — two in Clark County and one in Miami County — the National Weather Service confirmed Thursday, but warnings were issued in Greene, Warren and Preble counties too.

WATCH: 6 videos that show the intense Wednesday storms

No injuries were reported.

“I was extremely surprised,” Bethel Twp. Fire Chief Jacob King said. “It’s a miracle.”

His township included the hardest-hit area, Park Layne, where a confirmed EF1 tornado (with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour) ripped through a Sunoco Gas Station and damaged the Mel-o-Dee Restaurant, Family Dollar and Motor Sports of Dayton.

FORECAST: More severe weather could come this weekend

King said rescue crews had to free a woman from the Family Dollar on South Dayton-Lakeview Road.

“We received a call of a person trapped inside the Family Dollar who said they couldn’t get out of the bathroom of the storage area because the doors were jammed shut,” King said. “Our crews arrived on the scene, did a rampant assessment of the facility, forced entry and was able to rescue that one occupant from the building.”

The person was unharmed, King said, and he was happy to find out no one was hurt during the storm.

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The Mel-O-Dee restaurant could be closed for up to three weeks because of broken air conditioning units and a structural truss damaged. The beloved Clark County restaurant has been open since 1965 and is known for its broaster chicken and other dishes made from scratch.

Larry Shaffer, Clark County Combined Health District, said eight of 10 restaurants were back in business after the storms caused closures.

Another EF1 tornado (about 90 miles per hour) was confirmed about five miles southeast of Piqua.

An EF0 tornado (with maximum winds of 75 miles per hour) tore branches off trees and threw them onto and through mobile homes at McMahan’s Mobile Home. Residents reported extensive damage, including holes in roofs that allowed water to pour right in.

PHOTOS: Aftermath of destructive storms, tornadoes

Residents said they were alerted to the danger by watching Storm Center 7 coverage on WHIO-TV.

“I was watching the news, watching Channel 7 news, and it showed it coming this way and I was looking and said, ‘it’s coming right for this mobile home park,’” said one resident. “That’s when I went outside, the rain stopped and got real calm, and that’s when it hit.”

In Butler County, storm damage included thousands of gallons of water in flooded basements.

Firefighters rescued 15 people, eight adults and seven children, after high water trapped them at Sebald Park in Madison Twp., Butler County Wednesday. Crews said high water cut off access to a bridge in the park, trapping multiple people in the high water.

Those trapped in the park included a pregnant woman and people with medical issues, according to Madison Twp. Fire Department Chief Kent Hall.

Hamilton resident Rebecca Lee called 911 when heavy rains swept up her green Honda Odyssey on Wednesday night between Tabor and Cleveland avenues.

“I got to get out of my car or I am going to drown soon,” Lee said to dispatchers. “I am going to have to get out or die. There is water up to my waist, and it is getting worse and worse.”

Ben Johnson, who lives on Taylor School Road, said he felt “shear panic” as the storms blew through, flooding his basement, destroying appliances and knocking out a door in the basement. He lost a washer, dryer, refrigerator, video games and couch.

“Everything in the basement is gone,” he said after putting on waders.

Staff Writers Parker Perry, Allyson Brown, Jim Ingram, Wayne Baker, Rick McCrabb and the Breaking News Team contributed reporting.

STORM CENTER 7 WEEKEND FORECAST

Friday: The day will begin dry with pleasant conditions. Highs will reach the middle 70s with some sunshine early. Scattered storms will develop toward late evening and continue into Friday night. A few storms could be strong as they arrive before weakening late Friday night.

Saturday: Most areas should be dry in the morning, but isolated storms could be triggered in the afternoon. Scattered showers and storms could develop into the evening. Some storms could be strong or severe. Highs will be in the 80s with muggy conditions.

Sunday: Scattered showers and storms move through the first half of the day. A few storms could be strong, possibly severe. The eastern Miami Valley may still have a few storms around late afternoon. The area dries out into the night. Daytime highs will be around 80 with still-muggy conditions.

Monday: At least some portion of Memorial Day should be dry, though another front will approach that could trigger a few showers or storms in the evening and into the night. Highs will reach the middle 70s with sunshine and scattered clouds.

Tuesday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with a passing shower possible. Highs in the middle 70s.

Recovering addict collecting toys for children whose parents died of overdoses

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 9:16 AM

A Fairborn man who is a recovering heroin addict has started a toy collection for children of parents who died from drug overdoses.

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Richard Matteoli was in the news last month when he publicly thanked Fairborn emergency personnel for saving his life on multiple occasions when he overdosed on heroin.

 

Richard Matteoli holds up photos of himself before he finally went into recovery for heroin addiction. Matteoli thanked Fairborn first responders on Wednesday for helping him survive his addiction.(Max Filby/ STAFF/Max Filby/ STAFF)

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The 40-year-old father has started Recovery Toy Drive, an effort to make the holidays a little better for children whose parents have died from drug overdoses. 

Matteoli said through his connections in the addiction-recovery community, he already has a list of 22 children who will benefit from his efforts.

“I hope the Recovery Toy Drive will bring some awareness to the most innocent victims in the heroin epidemic," he said.

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Recovery Toy Drive has gotten donations from the Dayton Dragons and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

 

If you want to help, call Richard Matteoli at (937) 927-1788 or send an email to RecoveryToyDrive2017@gmail.com. You can visit his Facebook page for updates on the campaign.

It’s hay fever season in Southwest Ohio: 5 things you need to know

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 9:14 AM

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The end of spring doesn’t mean your allergy struggles are over. Southwest Ohio is gearing up for another season of high pollen.

Ragweed allergen levels will be high, starting this week and could continue to be a problem for allergy sufferers until mid-October, according to local allergy experts. Pollen counts in the Miami Valley will be higher this week, and top allergens include ragweed, grasses and dock, according to pollen.com.

Here’s what to know about the high pollen counts:

1. HOW LONG DOES THE SEASON LAST? Dr. Arturo Bonnin of the Allergy and Asthma Centre of Dayton said ragweed season started this week and will continue through October. If the temperature stays warmer throughout the fall, the pollen season will last even longer. People who are allergic to ragweed or suffer from asthma should avoid outdoor activities and should keep their windows closed in their homes and their cars.

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2. WHAT IS RAGWEED?

There are 17 species of ragweed in the U.S., and the weeds grow in most regions — producing a fine-power pollen when they bloom from August through as late as November, according to the ACAAI. There are more than 67 million Americans suffering from different allergies every day.

3. HOW MANY PEOPLE SUFFER FROM HAY FEVER?

Ragweed reaches peak levels in mid-September, and this type of pollen can cause seasonal allergic rhinitis — otherwise known as hay fever. Hay fever impacts up to 23 million Americans each year, and symptoms include sneezing, runny nose and itchy throat or eyes, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

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4. WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE DO IF THEIR CHILDREN ARE SUFFERING FROM ALLERGIES?

The fall allergy season starts as students head back to school for the year. ACAAI officials advise that parents make sure their children have their allergies and asthma under control before sending them off to school, which includes securing medicine, inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors for their classrooms.

5. WHAT SHOULD SCHOOLS DO? 

“Keeping allergies and asthma under control during the school year is a huge challenge,” said allergist Stephen Tilles, president of the ACAAI. “If you plan in advance, and understand the school’s procedures that are in place to keep your child healthy, you’re ahead of the game. Remember to keep communication with the school open, and work with your child to know their triggers. If you do, you’ll be off to a great start to the school year.”

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Many schools view eclipse as learning opportunity

Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 8:28 PM

Many school districts across the region are planning to turn Monday’s Great American Eclipse into a great learning opportunity.

Beavercreek City Schools is among about 20 districts to return to class today.

“Kids are excited, the staff is excited,” Superintendent Paul Otten said.

In addition to regular planning for the upcoming academic year, the district had to consider the Great American Eclipse. The district bought eclipse glasses earlier this summer.

“Every student and staff member in the district will be getting solar glasses,” which Otten said will be handed out Monday to the district’s staff and more than 7,800 students.

Teachers are enthusiastic about an interactive science lesson, the superintendent said.

“They saw it immediately as a learning experience for our kids, and instead of just trying to talk about it in the classroom, we wanted to give them an opportunity to get out and experience it firsthand,” Otten said.

Lena Ellis’ daughter started kindergarten today. “She’s so ready,” said Ellis, who admitted she is as well. “Mommy gets her break.”

She applauds the district for making sure science lessons on the eclipse will be safe.

“I think it’s wonderful they’ll keep their eyes protected,” Ellis said.

However, students must have parental permission to participate in outdoor eclipse activities. Letters will be sent home by the end of the week.

More eclipse-related news is on the News Center 7 website’s #SkyWitness7 page.

News Center 7 will livestream special eclipse coverage Monday on Facebook and www.whio.com. A special broadcast also will be on AM 1290 and 95.7 WHIO.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 2:07 AM
Updated: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 2:07 AM


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

  • No incidents to report

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Surface Street Incidents

  • At Ohio 741 and W. Pekin Road in Springboro, a two-car crash was reportedly shortly before 7 a.m. Heavy damage has been reported. Ohio 741 is blocked in the area.

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Get a live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 

  • I-75 south Ramp to Dryden Road, RAMP CLOSURE August 19th between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm. The official detour is: I-75 south to Dixie Drive to I-75 north to Dryden Road. 
  • ·I-75 south between SR 741 and Dryden Road, Lane closure August 19th between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm. Two southbound lanes will remain open. 
  • I-75 north between Wagner Ford and I-70, Nightly lane closures August 15th – 18th between the hours of 8 pm and 5 am. Two northbound lanes will remain open.
  • US 40 between Preble County Line Road and Diamond Mill Road, daily lane closures July 31st – October 14th between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 725 between SR 4 and Union Road, Daily lane closures July 31st – October 14th between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 4 between Dayton-Liberty Road and SR 725, daily lane closures July 31st – October 14th between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 202 between Troy Villa Boulevard and Chesam Drive, traffic pattern shift August 2nd – September 25th. All northbound traffic will be shifted to the southbound side of SR 202. There will be one southbound lane and one northbound lane operating on the southbound side of SR 202.
  • US 35 west Ramp to I-75 south, Overnight ramp closure August 16th at 10 pm – August 17th at 6 am. The official detour is: US 35 west to I-75 north to Second Street to I-75 south
  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to U.S. 35 west.
  • I-75 north ramp the US 35 east will be closed March 28th to September 23rd. ODOT lists the suggested detour as NB I-75 to US 35 west, to James H McGee Blvd, to US 35 east. 
  • I-70 between I-75 and I-675, nightly lane closures August 14th – September 30th between the hours of 7 pm and 6 am. These will become double lane closures at 9 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 between I-70 and SR 571, nightly lane closures July 24th – October 31st between the hours of 7 pm and 7 am. The northbound side will become double lane closure between 10 pm and 6 am. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • I-70 between I-75 and SR 202, shoulder closure May 8th – September 12th. Both the inside and outside shoulders will be closed for road work. Road will be open.
  • I-70 between Preble County Line Road and South Kimmel Road, overnight lane closures June 12th – August 31st between 6 pm and 7 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 741 at Austin Boulevard, intermittent lane closures and construction work May 22 – August 25.  
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured from June 9 through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • Bridgewater Road between Taylorsville Road and US 40, bridge closure May 15th – September 12th. The official detour is: Bridgewater Road to Taylorsville Road to Rip Rap Road to Little York Road to Brown School Road to US 40
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • Piqua-Troy Road between Statler Road and Eldean Road, bridge closure April 12th – October 12th. The official ODOT detour is: Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson Road to CR 25A to Eldean Road to Piqua-Troy Road.
  • West Peterson Road East between Troy-Sidney Road and Piqua-Troy Road, road closure July 5th – August 19th. The official detour from ODOT is: Troy Sidney Road to Piqua Troy Rd to Eldean Rd to County Road 25A to Peterson Road.
  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, shoulder closures April 11th – October 31st.

CLARK COUNTY  

  • US 68 north Ramp to US 40 east, ramp closure July 17th – August 30th. The official detour is: US 68 north to SR 41 to US 68 south to US 40 east
  • I-675 north over I-70, traffic pattern switch. The two lanes of northbound traffic are shifted to the southbound side just south of the overpass. Two northbound lanes will be open. Once over the bridge, the right lane will be an exit only for I-675 north to I-70 west. The left north bound lane will be for thru traffic to Spangler Road. 
  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, ramp closure April 19th – October 31st. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.
  • SR 41 between Donnels Creek Lane and SR 235, lane closures July 5th – October 16th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 565 between SR 29 and Houston Pike, Daily lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-70 west near I-675, lane width restrictions April 5th – October 31st. The roadway will be restricted to 22’ in this area.

DARKE COUNTY 

  • US 127 between US 36 and Kruckeberg Road, lane closures August 13th – September 17th. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • US 36/SR 571 Ramp to US 127 north, ramp closure  August 13th – September 17th. The official detour is: US 127 south to SR 49 to US 127 north 
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Fairview Avenue, Daily lane closures April 24th – September 1st between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY 

  • US 36 between SR 814 and McMahill Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 36 between Bollinger Road and Edgewood Avenue, lane closures June 12th – August 31st between  7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 36 between SR 814 and Cambrian Road, lane closures July 5th – October 16th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 54 between SR 4 and Brigner Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 55 between Elm Tree Road and Edgewood Avenue, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 245 between SR 296 and Gilbert Road, lane closures July 5th – October 16th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 54 between Hickory Grove Road and Water Street, lane closures July 5th – October 16th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.plo
  • SR 296 between SR 29 and SR 814, lane closures May 22nd – September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 4 between Van Ness Road and Wing Road, road closure August 14th – 18th. The official detour is: SR 161 West to SR 559 South to SR 29 South to SR 4

SHELBY COUNTY 

  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures August 7th– November 17th. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 am and 4 pm.
  • SR 274 between SR 66 and SR 29, daily lane closures July 24th – August 25th between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • SR 274 between I-75 and SR 65, daily lane closures July 24th – August 25th between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • SR 29 near SR 274, daily lane closures July 24th – August 25th between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 66 between Enterprise Drive and Greenback Road, road closure July 10th – October 13th. The official detour is: SR 185 to SR 48 to US 36 to SR 185
AUGLAIZE COUNTY
  • I-75 between SR 219 and Breese Road, Nightly lane closures August 6th – October 31st between the hours of 6 pm and 7 am. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • SR 119 between SR 716 and SR 66, Daily lane closures July 24th – August 25th between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • SR 274 between SR 364 and SR 29, Daily lane closures July 24th – August 25th between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • SR 117 between SR 67 and SR 196, Daily lane closures July 24th – August 25th between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.