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Tornado cleanup effort underway in Celina

Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 3:30 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 12:44 PM

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UPDATE @ 12:40 p.m. (Nov 7)

Celina has been able to re-open all but two streets in the city. Schools were back in session Tuesday and ninety percent of the city has had power restored.

Celina Tornado: 911 calls describe moment the tornado first hit

NewsCenter 7’s Sean Cudahy will have more on the tornado cleanup effort starting at 5 p.m. on WHIO. 


The tornado that hit about a mile south of Celina on Sunday afternoon, injuring eight people, was an EF-2 that produced top winds of 120 mph and was on the ground for more than 5 miles, National Weather Service investigators confirmed Monday evening. 

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According to the statement the weather service released this evening: 

Law enforcement observed a funnel cloud near Main Street and Schunk Road. Just to the northeast of this report is where it appears the tornado first touched down, where multiple tree limbs between Main Street and West Bank Road were knocked down. 

Survey team members said they believe the tornado then skirted Grand Lake St. Marys, producing minor tree and structural damage near Lake Shore Drive at Elmgrove Avenue. 

The tornado then likely moved back over a small portion of Grand Lake St. Marys before knocking down a fence and a few small trees at the back parking lot of Wendy's on East Market Street. A one-story home on Vine Street also had shingles removed from about 10 percent of its roof. 

Further east on East Market Street, the tornado intensified as it destroyed the roof at Lakeshore Auto Sales. Along Lake Street, several large branches were knocked down. Further east, another business had a significant portion of its roof removed and windows at the front of it were broken. 

Dollar General in Celina.

Onto the 1100 block of East Livingston Street, tree damage was common and the roofs of several of the homes were damaged. A large hardwood tree was knocked onto the second floor of one of those homes, producing significant roof damage. 

To the northeast, an outbuilding associated with a business on Grand Lake Road was destroyed. On the other side of Grand Lake Road, significant debris wrapped around a fence on Montgomery Field. Trees were also uprooted on adjacent May Street. 

The most significant damage occurred at the Crown Equipment Corporation. A significant portion of the roof was removed and exterior walls on the southwest side of the building also collapsed. Damage was also noted on the east-facing side of the building. 

Businesses along Havermann Road were also affected, most notably C-Town Wings. Front windows were blown out there. At the Dollar General, considerable structural damage -- including roof collapse and exterior wall failure -- occurred. The damage to both businesses was consistent with EF-2 tornadic winds. 

Several businesses within a strip mall along Havermann Road also were damage, particularly a sports store where the front doors were blown in and a portion of the roof collapsed. 

Some trees were downed near Howick and Riley roads. 

The end of the tornado appears to have occurred near the 8000 block of Riley Road.


A severe thunderstorm that slammed into the Miami Valley on Sunday produced two EF-2 tornadoes in as many communities in Mercer County, the National Weather Service confirmed Monday afternoon. 

One touched down in Celina, the other a continuing twister that touched Wabash-St. Anthony and Western Mercer County. 

EF-2 tornadoes produced a maximum winds of 120 mph and a path length of 8 miles, NWS officials said after conducting a storm survey earlier in the day.  

The city of Celina is devastated by a tornado. Sky 7 is on the scene.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Hours after the storm, Burville Road, located south of Ohio 29, remained closed, as well as parts of Mud Pike Road in Celina, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said. 

Many farms and turkey barns in the county were destroyed, he said. Area farmers brought out their equipment to help neighbors in need, added. 

Celina Mayor Jeff Hazel said Grand Lake and Havemann roads in Celina also remain shut.

Power is restored to about 90 percent of the city. A total of 40 businesses are without power.

Late Sunday, Hazel declared a State of Emergency for the city.

Two of Sunday’s strongest hit the east end of Celina’s business district. The National Weather Service initially said preliminary reports indicated an EF-1 tornado caused the damage.

Watch Sky7 drone video of damage to Crown Equipment in Celina after strong and severe storms pounded the region Sunday.

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Drizzle, fog tonight; Flood watch in effect

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:04 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:50 PM

Rain showers continue at times today in the Dayton area, and into parts of the weekend.

A Flood Watch is in effect for Montgomery, Preble, Clark, Greene, Butler, Warren  and Clinton counties until Sunday morning.

>> Weekend to bring more rain, threat for strong storms


  • Areas of drizzle, fog tonight
  • Rain increasing in coverage, intensity Saturday
  • Additional 1-3 inches of rain possible through Sunday morning

>> WHIO Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar


Overnight: Mostly cloudy skies will linger through the night with areas of fog, light rain and drizzle possible. Steadier showers will develop overnight around 3 a.m. Temperatures drop tonight through the 50s to a low in the lower 40s. 

>> County-by-County Weather

Saturday: Rain likely and could be heavy at times. Thunderstorms also will be possible during the day. Flooding will be possible with rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches through Saturday night. High temperatures will be in the middle 50s. 

>> Flooding: Know your risks

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Sunday: Rain early in the day, then breaks in the clouds later. Flooding will still be possible as rivers and streams continue to rise. Highs will be in the lower 50s and it will be windy at times. 

Monday: It will be a nice start to the workweek. There will be sunshine for the afternoon with temperatures above normal in the low 50s.

>> WHIO Weather App

Tuesday: Expect mostly sunny skies will mild temperatures in the middle 50s.

Wednesday: Showers are expected to return with highs topping out near 60 degrees. 

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Weekend to bring more rain, threat for strong storms

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 7:53 PM

Heavy rain is expected to return to the Miami Valley Saturday morning and then again in the evening. Additional rain over the weekend is expected to range from 1 to 3 inches. The Storm Prediction Center has also placed parts of the Miami Valley under a "marginal risk" for severe storms.

While much of the area is getting a break from steady rain Friday night, another wave will arrive toward daybreak.

Storm Center 7 meteorologists have been tracking multiple rounds of rain since Wednesday with several more to go. Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said the heaviest rain will arrive late Saturday.

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“We’ll likely see steady rain pick up Saturday morning with a break in the rain starting around midday,” Elwell said. “But heavy rain and the chance for thunderstorms will move back in around dark Saturday.” 

>> Flooding: Know your risks

The Storm Prediction Center indicates there is a chance for a few stronger storms Saturday evening and they have placed the southern Miami Valley under a “marginal risk” for severe storms. While the risk is low, Elwell said one or two storms could produce strong enough winds to cause minor damage.

>> WHIO Weather App

A Flood Watch also remains in effect until 10 a.m. Sunday for counties along and south of Interstate 70 in the Miami Valley.

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RAIN TOTALS: Flooding risk remains high through the weekend

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:25 AM

Consistent rainfall that fell Wednesday into Thursday dropped around 0.25-inches to 1.5-inches of rain across the area, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. 

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With more rain expected Saturday and Sunday, the threat for flooding stays high through the weekend. 

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Here is how much rain fell in parts of the region over the last 24 hours as of 8 a.m. Friday: 

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Butler County Airport: 0.42-inches

Hamilton: 0.26-inches

Middletown: 0.36-inches

Oxford: 0.25-inches


Urbana: 0.31-inches


Springfield: 0.35-inches


Wilmington: 0.55-inches


WPAFB: 0.33-inches

Beavercreek: 0.30-inches

Fairborn: 0.25-inches

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Norwood: 1.20-inches

Cincinnati: 1.28-inches


Vandalia: 0.44-inches

Dayton International Airport: 0.42-inches

Oakwood: 0.33-inches

Riverside: 0.28-inches

Kettering: 0.27-inches


Eaton: 0.50-inches


Botkins: 0.25-inches


South Lebanon: 1.14-inches

Mason: 0.54-inches

Lebanon: 0.27-inches

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WPAFB Friday Weather: Flood watch through Sunday; rain to continue 

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:02 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—A Flood Watch remains in effect through Sunday with waves of rain expected to move through, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

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The rain may be heavy at times, especially this morning. Temperatures will be mild despite the rain, rising to near 60 degrees. 

Showers will taper off briefly in the evening before redeveloping late tonight through Saturday. The rain may get heavy again Saturday evening. Rainfall amounts will range from 2 to 4 inches through Saturday night.

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The rain will taper off early Sunday with clearing skies and slightly cooler temperatures, generally in the lower 50s to end the weekend.

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