Hurricane Maria knocks out power in Puerto Rico, takes aim at Dominican Republic

Published: Saturday, September 16, 2017 @ 9:16 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 3:13 AM

The latest track on hurricane Maria shows a major hurricane near the Bahamas early Friday.

Hurricane Maria has caused 100 percent of Puerto Rico to lose power. 

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As of early Thursday morning, Maria regained strength and is a Category 3 hurricane near the eastern Dominican Republic.

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It could take months for power to be restored, and anyone who has power on the island is using a generator, according to reports.

>> RELATED: Maria destroys homes, triggers flooding in Puerto Rico

Maria is not a threat to the mainland U.S., according to the storm’s latest track. Maria is expected to curve back out to sea by the weekend, but there will be plenty to track. 

>> PHOTOS: Hurricane Maria slams Caribbean

Maria became the fourth major hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season on Monday. Maria is the second storm in the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season to become a Category 5 storm. 


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Several islands were already severally damaged from Hurricane Irma. Rain totals could reach as high as 20 inches in some of those spots producing life threatening flash flooding and mudslides. Hurricane and tropical storm force winds extend out from the center of the storm. 

On Monday, there were three active named storms in the Atlantic for the second time this season. Tropical Depression Lee was also active. 

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Winter Storm Watch for southwestern Miami Valley beginning late Friday 

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 3:32 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 8:55 PM

Sunshine is expected today in the Dayton area, with snow returning Saturday.

Mainly clear skies are in the forecast this evening with temperatures slowly falling through the 30s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.


  • Clear and quiet Friday
  • Winter storm to brush Miami Valley starting this weekend 
  • Warmer pattern setting up next week 

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Tonight: Clear skies are expected. Temperatures will drop back into the lower 20s.

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Friday: Skies will be mostly sunny with temperatures rebounding into the middle 40s.

Saturday: Skies will be cloudy with snow likely, especially south. The snow may be heavy with accumulation likely depending on the storm track. Highs will hold in the upper 30s.


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Sunday: Skies will clear with temperatures climbing back into the lower 40s.

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Monday: Clouds will be on the increase. Temperatures will rebound to near 50 degrees.

Tuesday:  Milder temperatures arrive but so will the threat for showers. Highs will top out in the middle 50s.

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Slick spots possible as temperatures drop overnight

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 3:59 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:35 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks into what other problems you may deal with Wednesday and Thursday on the roads.

Skies will clear with temperatures dropping into the lower 20s overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Some refreeze of slushy areas likely, which could lead to some slick spots.

>> Clipper-type system could bring snow this weekend


  • Skies slowing clearly, cold overnight
  • Sunshine to return rest of week
  • Weekend storm could bring accumulating snow
Five Day Forecast


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Thursday: Sunny skies will return with unseasonable temperatures holding in the lower 40s.

Friday: Sunshine will start the day but clouds will increase late. Highs will rebound into the middle 40s.

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Saturday: Snow will push across the Miami Valley. The snow may mix with rain in the afternoon, especially south. Some snow accumulation will be possible. It will become blustery with highs holding in the upper 30s.

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Sunday: Skies will clear with highs in the lower 40s.

Monday: Sunshine is expected to start the day with increasing clouds late. It will be milder with highs in the upper 40s.

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WPAFB Thursday Weather: Sunshine returns, cool temperatures continue

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:23 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—Sunny skies will return to the area with unseasonably cool temperatures holding in the lower 40s, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

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After another cold night, sunshine will start the day Friday, but clouds will increase late. Highs will rebound into the middle 40s.

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There is a chance for more snow as we start the weekend. Some accumulating snow will be possible Saturday. The snow may mix with rain, mainly south. Highs on Saturday will hold in the upper 30s. 

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TIMELAPSE: How much snow did you get?

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:49 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Hyper-lapse: Morning drive from Miami to Montgomery county

The morning commute was snow-filled across the region with snowfall between 2 and 7 inches across the region. There were dozens of slide-offs but no life-threatening injury accidents.

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Check out the timelapse of our Breaking News Team Storm Tracker vehicle’s trek to work this morning from Englewood to Dayton.

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Shoveling up to 7 inches of snow in Sidney


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Here are the latest snow totals received by this news organization from NWS trained spotters:


Oxford:  4 inches

Fairfield: 1.9 inches

Hamilton: 2 inches


St. Paris: 5 inches


Bethel: 2 inches

Enon: 2.2 inches

Springfield: 1.2 inches


Arcanum: 3.5 inches

Greenville: 5 inches

Bradford: 3.4 inches


Clifton: 2.8 inches

Bellbrook: 2.5 inches

Fairborn: 2.5 inches


Bellefontaine: 3.3 inches


Celina: 3 inches


Troy: 5.5 inches

Piqua: 1.5 inches


Brookville: 3.8 inches

Centerville: 2.5 inches

Dayton International Airport: 1.7 inches

Kettering: 2.2 inches

Miamisburg: 2.5 inches


West Alexandria: 4.5 inches


Sidney: 7 inches

Botkins: 3.3 inches


Lebanon: 2 inches

Maineville: 2.9 inches


Richmond: 2 inches


>> How the winter storm will continue to affect travel plans

>> Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility 

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