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

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

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

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.

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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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Cincinnati Police Chief: More than 1 shooter responsible for deadly nightclub shooting

Published: Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 4:41 AM

No arrests have been made after 16 people were shot overnight, including one fatally, inside the Cameo Night Club in Cincinnati.

  • Fatal victim identified as 27-year-old O’Bryan Spikes
  • 15 others wounded by gunfire, including two who are in critical condition
  • Multiple shooters suspected
  • If you have information to assist police in their investigation, call Cincinnati police at (513) 765-1212

PHOTO GALLERY: Deadly shooting at Cincinnati nightclub

UPDATE @ noon

Investigators believe multiple people were involved in the overnight shooting at the Cameo Night Club, according to Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac.

Isaac said at approximately 1:30 a.m. the emergency dispatch center began receiving calls that people had been shot at the club. Isaac said a dispute erupted inside the club, at 4601 Kellogg Avenue, and shots were fired by multiple people.

The one person who was fatally shot has been identified as 27-year-old O’Bryan Spikes. Fifteen others were wounded, including at least two people who are in critical condition.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley asked for prayers for those injured or killed. Cranley said the police need help from the public to solve this incident.

Isaac said they believe more than one shooter was involved.

Isaac said no arrests have been made yet.

The FBI and ATF agencies are involved in the investigation.

Gov. John Kasich, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Cincinnati) and Sherrod Brown (D-Cleveland) all sent out statements and offered their offices’ resources to assist the police investigation.

UPDATE @ 9:15 am

Our news partners at WCPO in Cincinnati is reporting that eight of the victims were taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. One is listed in critical condition, three in serious condition and four were listed in stable condition.

Other victims with more minor injuries have been taken to other local hospitals, WCPO reported.

Cincinnati police Sgt. Eric Frantz said Cameo nightclub hires police officers for extra security. According to CNN, two officers were stationed at the club’s entrance when the shooting occurred, and two others were in the parking lot.

UPDATE @ 8:46 am

Police are now saying only one shooter was responsible for the fatal shooting at a Cincinnati nightclub.

UPDATE @ 6:38 am

According to police in Cincinnati, “at least a couple of shooters” opened fire inside the Cameo nightclub, killing one and injuring 14 others.

Cincinnati police Capt. Kim Williams said authorities are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting. The crowd, she said, is often very young on Saturday nights and the club has been the scene of trouble in the past, but that “this is the worst by far.”

News reports indicate at least one of the wounded is in critical condition at a hospital.

UPDATE @ 5:53 a.m.

There is no indication a Sunday morning shooting at a Cincinnati nightclub is related to terrorism, according to Cincinnati police. 

Our Cincinnati news partner, WCPO, reports police do not have a suspect description and are having trouble with witness cooperation. 

No one is in custody at this time and security detail was outside of the club when the shooting happened, according to WCPO.

EARLIER REPORT (March 26)

At least one person has died and another 14 are injured following a shooting at a Cincinnati night club Sunday morning, according to a release from the Cincinnati Police Department. 

Police were called to the Cameo Night Club in the 4600 block of Kellogg Avenue around 1:30 a.m. on a report of a shooting. 

Cincinnati police said the victims were taken to four area hospitals and an investigation into the shooting is ongoing. 

Anyone with additional information on the shooting is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

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Strong storms are possible late this afternoon, early evening

Published: Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 5:11 AM

The chance for strong storms is possible late this afternoon and early evening as widespread showers and storms are expected to pass through today.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Few isolated showers/storms overnight
  • Widespread showers/storms Sunday
  • Some could be strong

EXTENDED FORECAST

Today: Showers and thunderstorms are expected, some of which could be strong in the afternoon. Overall the severe threat doesn’t look high, but heavy rain, lightning, thunder and gusty winds are all possible. While the hail and tornado threat looks unlikely, it still cannot be ruled out. The showers and storms will come to an end Sunday night. Highs during the day will be in the middle 60s.

Monday: Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected Monday. Most of the day should be dry, but the chance for more showers and storms returns late Monday into Tuesday. Highs Monday will be in the upper 60s.

Tuesday: A few lingering showers are likely for the first part of your Tuesday. Highs will be in the middle 60s.

Wednesday: Partly sunny skies are expected Wednesday with highs in the upper 50s.

Thursday: Partly to mostly cloudy skies are on tap for your Thursday. There is also the chance for more rain late Thursday into Friday. Highs Thursday will be in the middle to upper 50s.

Dayton house fire deemed suspicious, crews investigating

Published: Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 2:20 AM

UPDATE @ 6:28 a.m.

Flames are now out and crews remain at the scene of a house fire on East Fourth Street in Dayton. 

No one was injured in the Sunday morning fire reported just before 2:30 a.m. 

Fire investigators are in the process of gathering evidence while crews clean up and maintain the scene, Dayton District Fire Chief Paul Raich said. 

Neighbors reported hearing explosions from the house just before the fire started. Raich said the fire is considered suspicious as the gas to the house had been turned off. 

"Based on reports from neighbors and the walls being separated from the house on both sides, there was some type of flash or explosion which means the fire is suspicious," Raich said. 

Fire crews battled the aggressive fire from the street due to the compromised structural integrity of the house. 

Raich said the fire, which reportedly began in the home's living room, had to burn through the roof in order for crews to get water on the fire. 

Fire investigators are expected to continue their work during daylight hours in order to gather better photos and more evidence.

Raich said the home will be scheduled for demolition once investigators have finished.

UPDATE @ 4:08 a.m.

Fire crews are battling an aggressive house fire in Dayton, according to our crew at the scene. 

Our crew said the flames are reaching 20 to 30 feet in the air as crews attempt to manage the blaze. 

The fire is burning in the upper floor of a single-story home in the 3200 block of East Fourth Street. 

There is extensive damage to neighboring homes, according to our crew. 

Initial reports indicate additional fire crews, as well as a fire investigator, have been requested to the scene. 

We will continue to update this story with the latest available information.

FIRST REPORT (March 26)

Two homes are reportedly on fire in the 3200 block of East Fourth Street in Dayton. 

Fire crews were dispatched around 2:06 a.m. on a report of a structure fire. 

Initial reports indicate two neighboring homes are burning in the area. 

We have a crew heading to the scene to learn more.

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Driver arrested after crashing, flipping car in Dayton 

Published: Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 8:39 AM

Driver arrested after crashing, flipping car in Dayton 

UPDATE @ 9:14 a.m.

The driver of a car who crashed at the intersection of East Siebenthaler and Theodore Avenues has been arrested, according to our crew at the scene. 

Police told our crew the car flipped into the front yard of residence in the area after crashing. 

No one was injured in the single-car crash and a DP&L crew is on scene to address damaged power lines. 

Crews are working to move the car from the area and no road closures are reported as a result of the crash.

INITIAL REPORT (March 26)

Crews are responding to a reported crash in the area of East Siebenthaler and Theodore Avenues in Dayton.

Initial reports indicate a car crashed near the intersection and is on fire. 

One of the occupants of a crashed car fled the scene of foot, according to scanner traffic. 

We have a crew at the scene working to learn more.