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Power restored in Bellbrook after tree falls on home

Published: Monday, June 05, 2017 @ 6:27 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 @ 11:59 AM

Tree down on Peach Orchard

UPDATE @ 5:26 p.m. 

Power has been restored in Bellbrook. About 350 customers remain without power in Montgomery County, and 29 in Greene County.

UPDATE @11:59 A.M

DP&L reports Monday’s storms were the biggest wave outages they've had since spring/summer storm season started this year. 

Initially 24,000 people were without power. 

Now, DP&L has 33 crews in the field. About 24 are tree crews working on removal and clearing trees/limbs off power lines. 

DP&L brought in extra help from Indiana and neighboring areas.

UPDATE @ 11:12 a.m.

DP&L officials said they are hoping to have 98 percent of the customers that were impacted by Monday’s storms back on line by noon.

Around 1,200 customers were still without power around 11:10 a.m.

RELATED: Widespread storm damage reported in Miami, Montgomery counties

UPDATE @ 9:20 a.m.

Dayton Power and Light is utilizing outside resources to assist with power restoration in areas still impacted from Monday evening’s storms.

Indianapolis Power and Light, South Central Power Company and Meade have been called to assist, according to DP&L.

UPDATE @ 8:28 a.m.

Many of the remaining power outages in the Miami Valley will involve removing trees and branches before power can be restored, according to Dayton Power and Light.

Here are the remaining power outages:

  • Montgomery County: 863
  • Miami County: 349
  • Greene County: 159

MORE: Strong winds split tree at Miami County home, send fishing boat into tree

UPDATE @5:55 a.m.

About 1,500 people remain without power in the Miami Valley after strong storms moved through Monday evening.

Power has been restored to thousands of customers already -- 16,000 were without power last evening.

Here are the current outages:

  • Montgomery County: 924
  • Greene County: 214
  • Miami County: 363

UPDATE @4:09 a.m. 

Current outages: 

  • Montgomery County: 1,193
  • Miami County: 307
  • Greene County: 264

UPDATE @3:13 a.m. 

Current outages:

  • Montgomery County: 1,109
  • Miami County: 402
  • Greene County: 227

UPDATE @1:40 a.m. Power has been restored to some in Montgomery County, but additional outages have been reaported in Greene and Miami counties.

RELATED: Widespread storm damage reported in Miami, Montgomery counties

Current outages as of 1:40 a.m.:

  • Montgomery County: 1,243
  • Miami County: 805
  • Greene County: 304 

UPDATE @ 12:33 a.m. (6/6): Power has been restored to several thousand DP&L customers in the Miami Valley, but over 2,000 remain in the dark.

As of 12:35 a.m., DP&L is reporting the following outages:

  • Montgomery County: 1,688 outages
  • Greene County: 298 outages
  • Miami County: 776 Counties

UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m. (6/5):  Just more than 7,000 homes and businesses are still without power as DP&L works to restore electric service in the aftermath of Monday afternoon’s severe thunderstorms.

Here’s the latest tally about 11:30 p.m., according to the DP&L online outage map:

  • 6,026 in Montgomery County 
  • 820 in Miami 
  • 299 in Greene

UPDATE @ 10:18 p.m.

Nearly half of the over 17,000 Montgomery County homes that lost power Monday evening have had service restored, while over 8,800 remain without, according to a DP&L Outage Map.

Miami County has experienced a fluctuating number of outages throughout the evening with over 900 currently without power.

RELATED: Widespread storm damage reported in Miami, Montgomery counties

Strong winds took down trees and power lines Monday evening leading to, at one point, nearly 18,000 power outages. A DP&L spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. 

UPDATE @ 6:51 p.m.

Storm damage has left more than 16,000 customers without power in Montgomery County, according to a DP&L online outage map.

Numerous reports of trees and power lines down have kept energy crews busy Monday evening.

RELATED: Photos from tonight’s storms

An outage map from DP&L shows over 17,000 without power in Montgomery County. Over 400 are without power in Miami County and another 114 in Greene County.

More than 400 are reported without power in Miami County, according to DP&L, with thousands reported earlier in the evening.

Viewers continue to send us reports and photos of damage throughout both counties, with one caller reporting a boat wrapped around the tree of a home near Ludlow Falls.

Heavy winds left this boat mangled around the trunk of a tree in the front yard of a home on Horseshoe Road near Ludlow Falls Monday evening. (Samantha Freels/Cotnributed)

UPDATE @ 6:37 p.m.:

Nearly 2,200 DP&L customers are without power in Montgomery County, according to the outage map. We will continue to monitor the map and update you on any new developments. 


The severe thunderstorms moving through the region Monday afternoon are being blamed for hundreds of power outages.

About 6:10 p.m., roughly 1,330 outages are being reported in Miami County, 45 in Montgomery because of the storms moving through the region, according to the Dayton Power & Light online outage map.

We will update this developing report.

'Potentially hazardous' monster asteroid will fly close to Earth

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 2:08 AM

Asteroid rendering (NASA)
NASA/For the AJC
Asteroid rendering (NASA)(NASA/For the AJC)

monster space rock classified by NASA as "potentially hazardous" is headed toward Earth.

Asteroid 2002 AJ129 – which at 0.7 miles is wider than the tallest building in the U.S. (New York's One World Trade Center) stacked on top of itself – is predicted to miss our planet, according to Metro. However, it will pass relatively close in terms of outer space.

>> On NASA: Asteroid could destroy Earth in 22nd century

NASA classifies any space object surpassing 459 feet wide and passing within 4,660,000 miles of Earth as "hazardous," according to a 2013 report on the space agency's website. There are about 1,000 such known space objects monitored by NASA.

This asteroid is more than eight times wider than the minimum (3,696 feet) and will pass within just over half the minimum distance (2,615,128 miles) to our planet.

>> Read more trending news 

For a reference point, the moon orbits Earth at a distance of about 238,855 miles.

The giant asteroid is expected to "narrowly" miss our planet on Feb. 4, whizzing past us at a whopping 67,000 miles per hour. It will be the biggest and fastest space object to fly near Earth this year, according to The Daily Star.


Another meteor? Reports come in of bright flash across Ohio, Ind. night sky

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 1:21 AM

Photo by Pexels
Photo by Pexels

Another meteor may have lit up the sky late Wednesday night.

Several reports have come into our newsroom of a bright flash that shot across the sky just before midnight. People from Englewood, Marysville and Randolph County, Ind. have said they saw the bright flash, with some saying it was bright blue or blue/green.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

The American Meteor Society received several reports of a meteor in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky.

A meteor was spotted in Ohio, Michigan and Canada late Tuesday. 

>> VIDEOS: Meteor spotted in Ohio, Michigan, Canada

Georgia sheriff: I don't care if you're from Wisconsin or need beer, stay home

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 1:13 AM

Safety Tips for Driving on Icy Roads

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office was back at it again with the jokes (and insults) as Georgia woke up to a messy wintry mix Wednesday, prompting schools, businesses and nearly three-fourths of the state’s roadways to close.

>> Is it safe to eat snow? Here's why you really shouldn't

Stay home. Just STAY HOME

Posted by Oconee County Georgia Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

State government offices are remaining closed for non-essential personnel Thursday across the 83 counties affected by winter weather, Gov. Nathan Deal said.

>> Tips, warning signs for frostbite, hypothermia

Although the weather’s no joke, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office brought some humor to its Facebook page on what many found to be a frustrating snow day.

>> 5 things you won’t want to leave in a freezing car

“I know you need cigarettes, beer and wine to get you through having your kids at home. Can you just do without for a day? Stay home,” one post read.

In another post, the office noted the multiple morning crashes due to the inclement weather. “Body shops and wrecker companies just love y’all.”

More from the Sheriff’s Office:

There is an incoming ballistic, wait. That was the wrong button. Ok. Got it now. Oconee County Government is closed today due to weather.

Posted by Oconee County Georgia Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

If a Deputy is directing you to not travel down a roadway, he or she probably has a good reason for doing so. The fact that you are from Wisconsin and “this ain’t sh..” is really not pertinent.

Posted by Oconee County Georgia Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

I know what y'all are doing. You looked out the window and saw your driveway and the 87 feet of road you can see looks...

Posted by Oconee County Georgia Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

>> On How to prepare your family, home and car for hazardous weather

While most readers lauded the sheriff’s office for its jokes, some found the announcements to be disrespectful.

“Government entity at its finest. Oconee, be respectful! We all feel what you are saying, however, some of the things you are saying are offense considering you are a government office and serving the public (those stupid beer and cigarette runners). Thank you!” commenter Wendi Turpen Hood wrote.

>> Read more trending news 

Another commenter, Nikki Giamarino, noted some serious implications of bad weather.

“My employer called off work. But what about people who’s employer didn’t? What about single parents who cannot afford to lose their jobs due to absence? I wish the world was a kinder place,” she wrote.

>> On Atlanta snow 2018: Twitter erupts in memes, jokes and snowy scenes

This isn’t the first time the Oconee Sheriff’s Office has garnered attention for its humor.

Following Georgia’s win against Auburn last month, the office wrote, “Show proof you graduated from Auburn and we will discount your speeding tickets by 5 miles per hour,” the post said. “Y'all have had enough of a beating today.”

In August, before the total solar eclipse, Oconee Sheriff Scott Berry warned residents to prepare for the end of the world. “It’s very likely this is the end of life on this planet as we know it,” he wrote.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:47 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:47 AM

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Staff photo

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

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Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents to report

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>> RELATED: Track the latest conditions in your neighborhood on our live WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

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.