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Hurricane Nate downgraded to tropical storm, continues path on land

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 8:35 AM
Updated: Sunday, October 08, 2017 @ 5:26 PM

Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist is tracking Hurricane Nate which is expected to make landfall tonight between New Orleans and Mobile Bay. As of 5pm EDT, the storm was a strong category 1 storm with 90 mph maximum sustained winds. Some slight strengthening is possible before landfall. The storm will weaken rapidly as it makes landfall, but still bring locally heavy rain into parts of Ohio and the Miami Valley late Sunday into Monday.

UPDATE @ 5:10 p.m. (Oct. 8)

Tropical Storm Nate continues to move north through as tropical storm and surge warnings for Southeast Louisiana and South Mississippi were canceled Sunday morning.

Natenever reached the Category 2 level forecasters expected, according to the National Weather Service, and began weakening overnight.

Social media posts from those living in parts of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi showed flooding and storm surges, but nothing near the destruction originally expected.

While the storm lost strength quickly, the National Weather Service reports Nate earned the distinction of the fastest moving Hurricane the Gulf of Mexico has ever seen.

UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m. (Oct. 7)

Hurricane Nate made landfall at the mouth of the Mississippi River as a Category 1 storm with winds of 85 mph.

The National Hurricane Center said that Nate is expected to make a second landfall along the Mississippi coast later tonight. Evacuations have been ordered along the central Gulf Coast.

UPDATE @ 6:20 p.m. (Oct. 7)

Hurricane Nate is expected to strengthen into a Category 2 hurricane at landfall tonight along the northern Gulf coast, the National Hurricane Center reported.

The storm’s top sustained winds were 90 mph as of earlier today.

Some oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico are being shut down as the hurricane churns toward the U.S. mainland, the Associated Press reported. About one-fifth of U.S. oil is produced in the Gulf.

UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m. (Oct. 6)

The National Hurricane Center reported late Friday that Nate is now a hurricane with maximum winds estimated at 75 mph.

UPDATE @ 1:10 p.m. (Oct. 6) 

Tropical Storm Nate is pulling away from the Honduras coastline and moving closer to the Yucatan Peninsula, according to the Friday update from the National Hurricane Center.

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Nate will bring heavy rain, damaging winds, storm surge and life threatening flash flooding to the Yucatan Peninsula region later today.

Hurricane Nate Heading to U.S.

>> WHIO Interactive Radar

The storm will move north into the Gulf of Mexico early Saturday, then is expected to intensify to a hurricane before making landfall near New Orleans late Saturday or Sunday. Direct impacts will also be damaging winds, heavy rain, and significant storm surge.

Tropical Storm Nate turns deadly

The Miami Valley is expected see the remnants of this storm late Sunday night into Monday as it tracks to the south. The greatest threats locally will be heavy rain and gusty winds. 


A tropical depression that developed off the coast of Costa Rica has strengthened to become Tropical Storm Nate, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

The National Hurricane Center is expecting Nate to directly impact Nicaragua and Honduras today. Rain could exceed 20 inches in Nicaragua with as much as a foot possible near Honduras and eventually the Yucatan Peninsula. 

Tropical storm force winds extend 60 miles out from the center of the storm. Strengthening is possible as the storm moves north through the Gulf. Heavy rain, strong winds and dangerous storm surge will be possible up to the northern Gulf Coast, but specific placement and impacts are yet to be determined.

>> WHIO Interactive Radar

A long range track does show the left over moisture/the remnants from Nate bringing an increased chance for rain to the start of next week here in the Miami Valley. This could change as well.

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Winter Weather Advisory issued ahead of anticipated accumulating snow

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 11:35 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the current timing and totals for snowfall this week.


  • Increasing clouds, rain/wintry mix develops late
  • Rain and snow changes to all snow late Tuesday 
  • Accumulating snow likely Tuesday night into Wednesday

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


TONIGHT: Rain moving in and may change to freezing variety or sleet overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures fall to near freezing by morning.

TUESDAY: A wintry mix early will likely change to a cold rain through the middle of the day with temperatures in the lower 40s. Colder air will usher back in during the evening, causing the rain to change to snow. All snow is expected Tuesday night with likely accumulations. The Winter Weather Advisory for much of the Miami Valley is to go into effect at 8 p.m. and expire at 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

>> 5-Day Forecast

WEDNESDAY: Snow likely early then tapering by midday. Snowfall accumulation will range from 2 to 4 inches with isolated areas picking up higher amounts. Clouds will linger through the day with gusty winds and temperatures in the middle to upper 30s. 

>> County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: Skies will be mostly sunny. Highs to hold in the upper 30s.

FRIDAY: Expect lots of sunshine with clouds increasing late. Highs will reach the middle 40s. 

SATURDAY: Clouds will thicken with a chance of rain or snow late in the day or evening. Highs will reach the lower 40s. 

SUNDAY: Expect a chance of rain or snow in the morning with conditions improving in the afternoon. Highs will rebound into the upper 40s. 

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St. Patrick’s Day: Freezing rain could impact celebration

Published: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 6:53 AM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 1:27 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini breaks down the next system that can impact your St. Patty's Day.

A storm system will approach the Miami Valley just in time for St. Patrick's Day, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. Early Saturday morning the system will bring freezing rain and possible ice acccumulation. 

Slick roads and icy sidewalks could be an issue beginning at 4am Saturday, and last through noon. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

  • Back roads and sidewalks may be untreated
  • Be aware of slippery surfaces if starting your party early
  • Winter Weather Advisory early Saturday so wear an extra layer for outdoor festivities. 


Prior to sunrise Saturday, freezing rain is set to move in from the west. This will become more widespread around sunrise and that’s when ice accumulation will start to become a big issue. This will continue through the morning hours but by 10am or 11am, we should start to see a transition over to rain as temperatures climb above freezing. Untreated surfaces however are likely to still be icy through lunch time.

>> 5-Day Weather Forecast

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Slick spots across Miami Valley overnight

Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 3:27 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 11:35 PM

Snow in downtown Dayton

A few passing flurries still will be possible overnight along with some slick spots, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures will drop into the lower 20s by morning.


  • Flurries still possible overnight
  • Slick spots likely in the morning
  • Calmer but cool weather rest of the week

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Wednesday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with more clouds arriving in the evening. A few passing snow showers will be possible in the evening. Highs will reach into the upper 30s.

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Thursday: Skies will be partly cloudy with moderating temperatures into the middle 40s.

Friday: Mostly sunny skies will wrap up the week although it will be colder and blustery with highs in the upper 30s.

>> County-by-County Weather

Snow squalls on I-75 North off of Exit 38 in Franklin

>> County-by-County Weather

Saturday: More clouds will be around with a chance for a passing shower to the south. Highs will reach into the middle 40s.

Sunday: A nice end to the weekend is in the forecast under mostly sunny skies and highs reaching into the lower 50s.

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Victim killed in I-75 crash in Tipp City identified

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 4:14 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 12:29 PM

SCENE: fatal crash reported on SB US 75 in Tipp City

UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.: 

The Miami County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of a fatal crash on Interstate 75 in Tipp City as Ibrahimi Abdelmaguid, 49, of Dearborn Heights, Michigan. 

Additional details were not available. 

>> Weather likely a factor in Miamisburg crash

UPDATE @6:39 a.m.

One person died when two semi-tractor trailers collided on Interstate 75 in Tipp City during white-out conditions Thursday morning.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, one semi rear-ended another semi, lost control and struck the median wall in the crash on southbound I-75. The driver of the at-fault semi was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. A passenger in the sleeper section was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the semi that was struck was not hurt.

>> Multiple crashes, slide-offs reported due to slick roads conditions

Troopers said white-out conditions are to blame for the crash.


Interstate 75 is extremely slick with at least one fatal crash reported and multiple slide-offs.

A fatal crash was reported on southbound I-75 between the 69 and 70 mile markers in the Tipp City area shortly before 4 a.m., according to reports. 

Our crew in the area said the highway is extremely slick, and video shows the highway is a sheet of ice. Anyone on highways should use extreme caution.

We are working to learn more about the fatal crash.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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