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What you need to know if caught in severe weather away from home

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 2:05 PM

A series of showers and storms that could become severe are expected hit the Miami Valley region tonight, and News Center 7 meteorologists are advising people to stay weather aware. 

The biggest threat will be damaging winds and hail. The possibility of a tornado cannot be ruled out, said News Center 7 Meteorologist Carrieann Marit .

Marit warns people should not get so distracted by their surroundings that they lose sight of the weather scenario.

RELATED: Photos and video from today’s storms

“It’s always important to know what the plan is for storm safety wherever you are,” Marit said. “Many people know where their safe place is at home, but its easily overlooked while out in a public facilities.”

 Marit noted the tornado that hit the Greene in Beavercreek a few years ago is a prime example of how important it is to be prepared.

RELATED: Get the latest weather updates and alerts by downloading our free local weather apps.

The National Weather Service suggests that if you’re out, to stay way from windows if damaging winds or large hail are approaching. Also, do not go to large open rooms such as cafeterias, gymnasiums or auditoriums. 

If you’re outside, NWS suggests to go inside a sturdy building if severe thunderstorms are approaching. The agency notes sheds and storage facilities are not safe, and taking shelter under a tree can be deadly. The tree could fall on you. Standing under a tree can increase your risk of getting struck by lightning. 

If you’re in a vehicle, you’re safer than being outside, according to NWS. However, the agency suggests you drive to the closest secure shelter if you have enough time.

No place outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area, according to the NWS website. If you can hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. 

When you hear thunder, you should immediately move to safe shelter such as a large building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up. 

Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.

If you’re indoors, avoid lying on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.

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Some showers for Thursday morning, few storms by afternoon

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 3:49 AM

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini

A flash flood watch remain for parts of the area as more rain and storms are possible Thursday, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. 

A flash flood watch for Butler County is in effect through Thursday morning.  The Flash Flood Watch for Darke, Preble and Wayne, Ind. counties has been canceled.

RELATED: Download the WHIO Weather App here

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Wet roads, ponding issues for the morning commute
  • Morning showers, few afternoon storms Thursday
  • Unsettled weather pattern into the weekend

RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts 

DETAILED FORECAST 

Thursday: Some showers will develop and move back into the Miami Valley in the morning, especially south of Interstate 70. Temperatures will drop into the middle 50s early, then climb to an afternoon high in the upper 60s. Broken clouds with some peaks of sun throughout the afternoon with some popup storms and downpours possible between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The severe thereat is low, but brief, heavy rain could reduce visibility. 

RELATED: Heavy damage from Wednesday’s storms in Park Layne

Friday: Dry and pleasant for the first half of the day with highs reaching the middle 70s and some sunshine early. Scattered clouds move in during the evening with a few showers or storms. 

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar

Saturday: Most spots start out dry in the morning, but some isolated storms are possible in the afternoon. More scattered showers and storms are possible into the night with an isolated strong storm possible. Highs will reach around 80 degrees with a muggy feel to the air. 

RELATED: Sky Witness 7 

Sunday: Scattered showers and storms move through the first half of the day as a front moves through. Eastern parts of the Miami Valley might still have a few storms around late in the afternoon. Everyone will start to dry out by the evening. It will be muggy once again with highs near 80 degrees again. 

Memorial Day: Sunshine and scattered clouds with highs reaching the middle 70s. Another quick-moving front will approach the area that could trigger a few showers or storms towards the evening. 

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15 people trapped, rescued from high water at Sebald Park in Butler Co.

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 11:30 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 3:20 AM

UPDATE @ 3:21 a.m. 05/25/17

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

“Flood waters had went over the bridge area,” Hall said. “Had several family members, small kids (and) adults that were still in the park area. The issue here is we really couldn’t leave them in the park.”

The only way out of the park was through a large wooded area that connected to the golf course, Hall said. 

Firefighters located family and the kids that were trapped, and escorted them through the wooded area back through Weatherwax Golf Course, Hall said.

“They had to make their way up the hill, down the hill then through the woods,” he said. “You had to know this area well to be able to accomplish this very dark very thick wooded area. So you definitely had to have somebody who knew where they were going.”

A couple of minor injuries reported, according to Hall.  

“It all ended well,” he said. “We were able to get them out due to the experience of the firefighters with the department.”

EARLIER REPORT

Firefighters rescued 15 people, eight adults and seven children, after high water trapped them at Sebald Park in Madison Twp., Butler County Wednesday. 

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Crews said high water cut off access to a bridge in the park, trapping multiple people in the high water. 

RELATED: Man in vehicle, trapped in high water, is rescued in Preble County

Madison Twp. firefighters said in a Facebook post the group went to the park earlier in the day for a birthday party. 

There were no reports of injuries. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Tornado damage reported in Park Layne, Greene & Miami counties

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:55 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 12:41 AM

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

VIDEO: Funnel cloud over Fairborn  | Clark. co. sheriff gives update on damage

RELATED: Xenia graduation disrupted by severe weather 

The National Weather Service will have to confirm the reports of tornadoes in the area.

>>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.

RELATED: Widespread substantial flooding reported in Butler County

RELATED: Roundup of flood watches, advisories in effect overnight

We will update this report as warranted.

NWS spotters looking to confirm tornadoes in at least 3 counties

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:53 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 12:32 AM

>>PHOTOS:  Storm damageStorms, funnel clouds

UPDATE @ 12:25 a.m. (May 25):  Spotters with the National Weather Service, looking to confirm tornadoes, will be out today, Thursday, to survey damage in Greene, Clark and Miami counties where photographs and damage reports were received. 

>>VIDEO: Funnel cloud over Fairborn

In a statement issued early this morning, weather service officials in Wilmington said some of these damage reports, reported by whio.com and News Center 7, include:  

  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base security forces are checking for damage. “At this time, we do not know if a tornado touched down or not” on the base, spokeswoman Marie Vanover said. WPAFB weather casters issued a tornado warning at 8:33 p.m., which was extended at 9:1 p.m. and again at 9:35 p.m. An “all clear” has since been issued, she said.
  • In Greene County, several trees and power lines were reported down near Dayton Xenia and Trebein roads in the Xenia area.
  • In Miami County, a tornado may be responsible for barn debris, trees and wires in the street the 8000 block of Bellefontaine Road, according to the National Weather Service. The road is closed, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Dispatch.
  • In Miami County, trees and power lines down in Bethel Twp. at Bellefontaine Road, between U.S. 40 and Palmer Road.
  • In Beavercreek, a tornado may be possible for several trees and power lines reported down near Dayton Xenia and Trebein roads, according to the National Weather Service.
  • In Beavercreek, a tornado may be responsible for several trees down along Dayton Yellow Springs Road near Fairborn. 
  • In Miami County, two homes with structural damage near highway 201 at Studebaker Road.
  • In Miami County, Deweese Road at Peterson, closed because of power lines and trees down.
  • In Montgomery County, trees were reported down in the 8300 block of National Road

It is believed that a tornado or multiple tornadoes were responsible for the damage in certain locations in these 

counties, weather service officials said.  

There may be additional locations that require damage surveys that aren't listed above, weather service officials said. 

“We will be in contact with emergency managers from the affected counties to determine a specific plan for damage surveys, as well as assess the need for additional surveys in other locations,” weather service officials said in the statement.

INITIAL REPORT

Several tornadoes are being reported in Greene County tonight.

Here are some of the reports (all of these reports have to be verified by the National Weather Service):

>>RELATED: Xenia graduation at Nutter Center disrupted

>>VIDEOS: Sirens, wall clouds in Greene

  • One has been reported in Fairborn, reported by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • One has been reported, by weather spotters to the National Weather Service, in southwest Miami County
  • Another in the area of U.S. 35 at the split with the U.S. 35 Business Route near Xenia
  • Near Jeffersonville and the Jackson Twp. line in eastern Greene County

Jason Slyger, of Sabina, said he saw a tornado touch down near Jeffersonville and the Jackson Twp. line about 8:30 p.m. 

"You see the storm, you see a V and all of a sudden you see debris in the air," he said. 

We are hearing no reports of damage of injuries. 

We have been fielding reports of funnel and other threatening clouds. 

We will continue to update this report as warranted.