Severe Weather: Slight vs Enhanced Risk

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 1:41 PM

Slight verse Enhanced severe weather threat

In advance of the potential for strong to severe storms, the Storm Prediction Center will issue a report that is known as their convective outlook. This is used to help highlight the regions that will have the greatest ingredients for storm development. 

 

One of the more commonly used outlooks is the ‘Slight Risk’. 

WHIO Stormcenter 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini explains the difference between "Slight Risk" and "Enhanced Risk" of severe storms, as reported by the Storm Prediction Center in advance of potentially impactful weather conditions.

This means a few storms could reach severe criteria; wind damage is possible as well as hail up to one inch in diameter with an isolated spin-up tornado.

 

If the Storm Prediction Center believes there is a greater risk for severe storms, they will elevate a region to an Enhanced Risk. 

WHIO Stormcenter 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini explains the difference between "Slight Risk" and "Enhanced Risk" of severe storms, as reported by the Storm Prediction Center in advance of potentially impactful, severe weather.

This indicated that within the region highlighted, there could be more numerous severe storms and the systems potential longevity is greater. There is also a higher risk for several damage reports, hail one to two inches in diameter and a few tornados possible.

Stay weather aware anytime, anywhere by downloading our free WHIO Weather App.  You’ll have immediate access to live radar and can receive alerts anytime severe weather is approaching.

Firefighters smoke the competition at Hunks and Ladders challenge

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 10:03 PM

Firefighters pull a 165-pound dummy to simulate rescuing a person during the Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Combat Challenge Saturday, July 22, 2017, at The Greene in Beavercreek.
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Firefighters pull a 165-pound dummy to simulate rescuing a person during the Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Combat Challenge Saturday, July 22, 2017, at The Greene in Beavercreek.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

It got smokin’ hot this afternoon at The Greene during the Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Combat Challenge in Beavercreek.

Firefighters from across the region flexed their muscles and tested their strength and endurance during the competition; feats included pulling a 165-pound dummy 75 feet. The 30th anniversary challenge was all to earn a coveted spot in the upcoming 2017-18 Hunks and Ladders calendar. 

WATCH: Firefighters in Xenia rescue squirrel from lawnmower

After the challenge, the event featured live music, and an after party through 2 a.m. at Bar Louie at The Greene, 4492 Glengarry Drive. 

Proceeds from calendar sales benefit the Miami Valley Firefighter/EMS Memorial; A Special Wish Foundation and the Pink Ribbon Foundation. 

RELATED: Springfield fire cadets train in the hot seat

"We got the Keiser (Force Machine) sled to simulate breaching a door or a roof to ventilate it. We got the dummy drag to simulate rescuing someone, the hose carry to simulate what it's like on the ground," said Jake Preston, an emergency recovery coordinator at Paul Davis, a recovery, reconstruction and restoration company and one of the Hunks and Ladders sponsors.

Body cam footage of officer shooting two dogs released

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 10:10 PM

Video Shows Officer Shooting Homeowner's Two Dogs

Body camera footage was released Thursday of the Minneapolis Police officer who climbed a fence and shot two dogs while he responded to a false alarm.

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The graphic, point-of-view video shows Officer Michael Mays take aim, then fired at Ciroc hitting the dog in the jaw as it slowly walked toward him during the incident July 8. Another dog, Rocko, then runs into the frame and Mays fires twice striking the dog.

“Hey I’m going to sit there and say sorry about this,” Mays tells Courtney Livingston, who lives at the home, in the video. “I don’t like shooting no dogs. I love dogs so it’s unfortunate.”

Both of the staffordshire terriers survived but require extensive surgery. The department has said they will help pay for the vet bills. A GoFundMe to help the family has raised more than $36,000.

“Rocko is physically at 75 percent,” said homeowner Jennifer LeMay, who said the dogs are service animals for her children. “Emotionally and physically he’s not there.”

LeMay hired an attorney who questioned the police response.

“They need to assume responsibility,” LeMay told WCCO. “They need further training.”

Former police Chief Janee Harteau said they department would look into officer training for interacting with dogs.

Ciroc is one of the staffordshire terriers shot by police Saturday. (Photo courtesy Jennifer LeMay)(7Cgb/i8x/7loJJrFl80EViUiuIxKc5FjVF9cO4zXF/m+E+pxqw+xOwO48BTziY7n16aOWJmH24f9Sg8wKQMhqg==)

“I’ve watched the video, and as someone whose family has included dogs most of my life, I can say that it was difficult to watch. This was an outcome that no one wanted. I’ve asked for an Internal Affairs use of force review. We are reaching out to the family to help them with the veterinary care bills to ensure that both dogs are adequately taken care of,” Harteau said in the statement. “To help us prevent similar outcomes in the future, we will be implementing updated mandatory training specifically for officers identifying effective tools and tactical strategies with police and dog encounters.”

Harteau resigned Friday in the wake of another officer-involved shooting. A woman was fatally shot after she called police to reporting a possible sexual assault in an alley behind her home.

Power restored to most after 24 hours of severe weather

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 6:45 AM
Updated: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 6:45 PM

PHOTOS: Severe weather causes damage in the Miami Valley

UPDATE @ 6:45 p.m.

From its height of more than 22,000 Dayton Power and Light customers without power, only a handful are without service as of early evening on Saturday.

RELATED: Overnight storm destroys new outbuilding in Clark County

Efforts to restore power resulted in more than 400 DP&L line crews being deployed in the field, according to DP&L.

RELATED: More storms expected this evening

UPDATE @ 12:15 p.m.

Strong storms in the past 24 hours have wreaked havoc in the Miami Valley, causing damage to trees and property and knocking power out to tens of thousands of people.

Since Friday morning, there have been more than 22,000 Dayton Power and Light customers without power, according to a DP&L spokesperson.

By late Saturday morning, all but about 600 had been restored, and those remaining outages are tied to 76 “trouble calls,” mostly in the Dayton metro area, according to DP&L.

Efforts to restore power resulted in more than 400 DP&L line crews being deployed in the field, according to DP&L.

About 37 customers in Huber Heights have been without power since Friday morning when a large tree came down, snapping a utility pole and bringing down power lines.

DP&L reports crews are working to replace the pole and power should be restored by late this afternoon.

UPDATE @ 11:24 a.m.

Power remains out for more than a thousand residents in the Miami Valley, primarily in Montgomery, Mercer, Greene and Clark counties.

Dayton Power and Light (outages by county)

613: Montgomery 

344: Mercer 

173: Greene

Ohio Edison First Energy 

451: Clark

Duke Energy

84: Butler

UPDATE @ 8:27 a.m.

Power has been restored to all but 5 homes in Preble County while over 700 remain without electricity in Montgomery County, according to a DP&L outage map. 

A series of strong storms that moved through the West Alexandria area in Preble County are responsible for the outages, according to DP&L Director of Operations Kevin Hall. 

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Downed trees and wind damage have caused similar outages in Miami, Greene and Clark Counties. 

“We have crews continuing to clean up from storms since yesterday,” Hall said. “We’ve been in storms operation mode attempting to restore power.”

Ohio Edison reports 751 homes are without power in Clark County as a result of storm damage.

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar

Hall did not advise when crews would have all power restored.

A downed tree can be seen in the 2900 block of Brewster Court in Springfield Saturday morning. (Angie Hess/Contributed)

UPDATE @ 7:24 a.m.

Another 120 homes in Clark County are without power, according to an Ohio Edison outage map. 

MORE: Stormy start to weekend

Downed tree limbs and wind damage have been reported in Springfield near Providence Road. 

Additional power outages have been reported in Montgomery County with DP&L reporting 561 outages. 

RELATED: Increased threat for showers, storms this weekend

1,600 homes remain in the dark in Preble County. 

We are working to learn what power crews are doing to restore service following Saturday morning's severe weather.

A mangled shed can be seen in the front yard of this Springfield home near Providence Road. (Robert Yontz/Contributed)

INITIAL REPORT

Nearly 1,600 Preble County homes are without power following severe weather Saturday morning, according to a DP&L outage map. 

A DP&L representative could not be reached for comment, but multiple downed trees have been reported in the county. 

Another 570 outages are reported in Clark County, according to Ohio Edison. 

141 DP&L customers living in Montgomery County are without power, while another 208 are without in Miami County. 

RELATED: Stormy start to weekend 

We are continuing to monitor power outages and damage reports as severe weather makes its way through the Miami Valley Saturday morning.

14th annual Rubber Duck Regatta kicks off

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 7:31 PM

14th annual Rubber Duck Regatta kicks off

The 14th annual Rubber Duck Regatta kicked off Saturday at the Austin Landing Kroger in Miami Twp.

For the next eight weeks, you can buy a duck at any area Kroger store. 

Money raised through the race, presented by Synchrony Financial, benefits United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton, an organization that supports children and adults with disabilities. 

This Rubber Duck Regatta campaign culminates in September with 20,000 rubber ducks getting dropped into the Great Miami River from the Riverside Drive Bridge at RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave. in Dayton, during the Hispanic Heritage Festival

Prized will be awarded to the top eight ducks in the race. Prizes include a seven-bedroom houseboat vacation from Norris Lake Household Rentals; $1,000 gift card to Kroger and more.