Tornadoes strike Miami Valley

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 3:15 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 7:25 AM

3 areas showing the aftermath of last night's destructive storms

Severe weather Wednesday night brought multiple tornado touchdowns throughout the Miami Valley.

The National Weather Service said it’s believed a tornado or multiple tornadoes were responsible for the damage.

One tornado was reported in the area of U.S. 35 at the split with the U.S. 35 Business Route in Xenia. Another tornado was reported about four miles west of New Carlisle.

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Widespread damage was reported in Park Layne, where the Sunoco, McDonald’s, Victory Motors and other businesses were damaged.

Park Layne storm damage apparent in daylight

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“I got there slightly before the emergency response team,” said Brady Smith, who said he could smell exposed gasoline at the Sunoco. He reported damage at several businesses.

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“This is likely a very strong tornado on the ground,” Elwell said. “We’ve had a very dangerous weather situation.”

Three-thousand people were locked down during the Xenia High School graduation ceremony at the Nutter Center at Wright State University, reported NewsCenter 7’s Caroline Reinwald.

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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base security forces were checking late Wednesday to see if damage was caused by storms over the base.

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“At this time, we do not know if a tornado touched down or not” on the base, spokeswoman Marie Vanover said late Wednesday night.

Wright-Patterson weathercasters issued a tornado warning at 8:33 p.m. The warning was extended at 9:15 p.m. and again at 9:35 p.m.

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Jason Slyger, of Sabina, Clinton County, said he saw a tornado touch down near Jeffersonville and the Jackson Twp. line about 8:30 p.m.

“You see the storm, you see a V and all of a sudden you see debris in the air,” he said.

Threat for strong storms today; hot and humid

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 5:06 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the timing and threats for storms today.


  • Passing downpours possible early
  • Chance for strong storms this afternoon and evening
  • Not as muggy over the weekend

Kirstie Zontini


Today: This morning will be very muggy with dew points around 70, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. A passing downpour or thunderstorm through first half of the day is possible. Highs today will reach the mid-80s, but it will feel like the low 90s because of the humidity. Scattered storms are expected in the afternoon and evening. There is a threat for severe storms, with damaging winds and hail possible. Heavy rain will be possible without severe storms. A tornado in the northern Miami Valley can’t be ruled out. Showers and storms will come to an end as out front moves southeast through the night.

Kirstie Zontini

WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Friday: Clouds will break early. It will be a little breezy and not as muggy. Some sun is expected in the afternoon with highs back to normal in the low 80s.

>> County-by-county forecasts

Saturday: Highs will be in the low 80s again with a mix of sun and clouds. A passing shower can’t be ruled out, but any rain shouldn’t ruin outdoor plans.

Sunday: It will be a nice end to the weekend with plenty of sunshine. It will feel muggy again with highs in the mid-50s.

>> Dew point and humidity: What’s the difference?

Monday: It’s still looking pretty quiet with morning sunshine and afternoon clouds for the 2017 solar eclipse. It will be a hot and humid day, so anyone outside for the eclipse should be prepared with water and sunscreen.

Back to school forecast: Stormy first day back for some students

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 3:32 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about the threat for storms today.

It will be a very muggy morning at the bus stop for students heading back today for the first day of school.

Highs will soar to the middle 80s again but feel more like 90 because of the humidity.

>> County-by-County Weather

Be ready to dodge what could end up a stormy day. A few passing downpours possible for the first half of the day with a better chance for storms in the late afternoon and evening.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

WPAFB Thursday Forecast: Warm, Muggy and stormy at the base today

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 3:54 AM

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Get ready for another very muggy day, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

A cold front swinging through today will bring showers and storms to the area. A few storms will be possible during the first half of the day but better coverage will arrive in the late afternoon and evening.

>> County-by-County Weather

Temperatures will reach into the mid-80s but because of the humidity, heat index values will reach the low 90s.

A few storms this afternoon may become strongl. Lightning and localized downpours will be a threat with any storm that develops but some stronger storms could also produce damaging winds and hail.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Activity will taper off into the night as the front slides south and east. 

Summer heat, chance for storms

Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 4:55 AM
Updated: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 12:39 PM

Summer heat will be replaced by strong storms.


  • Warm and Humid Evening; Few Isolated Storms
  • Scattered Storms Tomorrow; Some Strong
  • Gusty Winds and Heavy Rain Possible

WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


This evening/overnight: Partly cloudy, warm and humid this evening with a few isolated showers or storms possible early. Temperatures will be in the 80s. Clouds will increase tonight with the slight chance of a few showers or storms towards morning. Overnight lows staying mild around 70 degrees.

>> Dew point and humidity: What’s the difference?

>> County-by-county forecasts

Tomorrow: A cold front pushes into the Miaimi Valley bringing scattered showers and storms, mainly in the afternoon. Isolated strong to severe possible with gusty winds and heavy rain. Highs will reach into the middle 80s, but again humidity will be high so it will feel like the upper 80s. Storms will taper off tomorrow night, but clouds linger. Still mild with lows around 70 degrees.

Kirstie Zontini

Friday: Clouds break for sunshine, breezy and warm. Highs in the low 80s and slowly feeling more comfortable.

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Saturday: Sunshine early with some clouds increasing through the day. Chance of an afternoon shower. Highs in the low 80s and not as out in the afternoon, but most will stay dry. Highs will be in the low 80s and it won’t be as muggy.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and pleasantly warm. Highs in the middle 80s. 

Eclipse Day: Lots of sunshine, hot and more humid. Highs in the upper 80s; Feeling like the lower 90s.