UPDATE:


WEATHER ALERT: Severe Thunderstorm Watch canceled for entire region

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 11:20 AM
Updated: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 6:30 PM

Severe Storms move through Troy

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is no longer in effect for the entire Miami Valley region.

UPDATE @ 5:50 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is canceled for Butler and Montgomery counties.

UPDATE @ 5:35 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is canceled for Darke, Miami, Preble, Shelby and Wayne (Indiana) counties. It remains in effect through 11 p.m. for Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Greene, Logan, Montgomery and Warren counties.

UPDATE @ 5:15 p.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings expire for Clinton, Greene and Warren counties.

However, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch is until 11 p.m. for Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and Warren counties in Ohio and Wayne and Union counties in Indiana, issued by the National Weather Service.

PHOTOS: May storm moves into the Miami Valley

UPDATE @ 5 p.m.

An Areal Flood Advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. for Champaign and Clark counties.

UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 5:15 p.m. for Clinton, Greene and Warren counties, issued by the National Weather Service.

Main threats are 60 mph wind gusts and ¾-inch hail.

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is canceled for Butler County but remains in effect until 5 p.m. for Warren County.

Wind gusts of 53 mph were reported at 4:38 p.m. at the Lebanon airport, and gusts of 48 mph were reported at 4:32 p.m. at the Middletown airport, according to the NWS.

UPDATE @ 4:40 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning expires for Miami County.

UPDATE @ 4:25 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 5 p.m. for Butler and Warren counties, issued by the National Weather Service.

The main threats are 60 mph wind and ¾-inch hail.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning also is in effect until 4:45 p.m. for Miami County.

An Areal Flood Advisory is in effect through 7 p.m. for Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Logan, Mercer and Shelby counties, issued by the NWS in Wilmington.

UPDATE @ 4:05 p.m.  

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is expired for Darke County.  

Heavy rain hit Springfield on Friday afternoon.

UPDATE @ 4 p.m.:  

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 4:45 p.m. for Miami County, issued by the National Weather Service.  

The main threats are 60 mph wind and ¾-inch hail.  

An Areal Flood Advisory is in effect through 7 p.m. for Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Logan, Mercer and Shelby counties, issued by the NWS in Wilmington.  

Rain on Main Street where Dayton meets Oakwood at 4:50pm

UPDATE @ 3:32 p.m.:  

An areal flood advisory has been issued for Darke, Miami and Shelby counties until 6:30 p.m. due to heavy rain.  

According to the National Weather Service, radar indicated 1 to 1.5 inches of rain has already fallen and an additional 1 to 2 inches is possible through 5 p.m.  

Minor flooding of poorly drained streets, highways and underpasses could occur.

UPDATE @ 3:12 p.m.:

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for the following counties until 11 p.m.:

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  • Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and Warren Counties in Ohio.
  • Wayne and Union counties in Indiana.

UPDATE @ 2:45 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Randolph County, IN, until 3:15 p.m. The line of storms

that prompted the warning is moving east towards the Miami Valley.

The possibility of severe weather exists late this afternoon. Stay tuned to this site and WHIO-TV, Channel 7 for the latest on weather conditions as our team of meteorologists track the storm.

FIRST REPORT

After an active morning of thunderstorms which produced heavy rain, frequent lightning and possibly some small sized hail, the Miami Valley will need to gear up for another threat of strong storms. 

A boundary draped across the southern Miami Valley will help be a catalyst for storms to redevelop.

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Some late morning and early afternoon sun will help to re-energize the atmosphere and with dew points in the 60s today, the warm and moist environment will help to fuel more storms. 

RELATED:  LIVE Interactive Radar

Areas along Interstate 70 and south have been placed under a "slight risk" for severe storms with areas north in a "marginal" risk. 

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

Your Storm Center 7 Teams believes the best ingredients will likely live under the counties in the slight risk. 

Storms should start firing between 1 and 3 p.m. and become scattered across the Miami Valley for the evening commute. 

Storms will likely be slow-movers which means the potential for heavy downpours repeatedly over the same city could cause ponding on the roads. 

The main severe threat will come from damaging winds and larger sized hail. 

If you are driving, or biking home since it is #BiketoWorkDay, make sure to check your WHIO Weather App. You can set up lightning detection, get any watches and warnings and check out the live stream of our latest newscasts. 

Your Storm Center 7 Team will monitor conditions through the day to bring you updates on-air, online and on AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO.

 

Florida's 10 safest cities in a hurricane

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 6:35 PM

Get Ahead of the Storm - 5 Severe Weather Hacks

There’s really no place that’s 100 percent safe in Florida when it comes to hurricanes.

Even Orlando got hit twice in 2004 by hurricanes Charley and Frances.

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And, although Florida enjoyed a more than 10-year hurricane drought after 2005’s Hurricane Wilma, Hurricane Hermine made landfall in the Florida Panhandle in 2016. 

Still, Homeinsurance.com has ranked Florida’s cities based on their evaluation of NOAA-identified storms from 1965 to October 2014, doling out scores based on the number of storm events, number of storm-related deaths, property damage and storm-related injuries.

The top 10 safest cities in Florida during a hurricane, according to the insurance study, are:

  1. Leesburg
  2. Orlando
  3. Sanford
  4. Kissimmee
  5. Palatka
  6. Lake City
  7. Naples
  8. Ocala
  9. Gainesville
  10. Fernandina Beach


The entire ranking is below.

This graphic shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow). The orange circle indicates the current position of the center of the tropical cyclone. The black line, when selected, and dots show the National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast track of the center at the times indicated.(National Hurricane Center)
Read more about the Home Insurance study here.

Fog continues for morning, muggy in afternoon

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 5:39 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 9:06 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the first weekend of fall's forecast.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Patchy fog this morning, dense in fog
  • Warmer than normal
  • Dry start to fall

Today: Fog this morning will continue to develop, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Fog could be dense in spots. This afternoon will be warm and muggy with highs in the low to mid 80s. There will be sunshine and scattered clouds today with a small chance for a pop up shower or storm.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Thursday: Spotty fog is possible again. Temperatures will quickly climb to the upper 80s with more sunshine. It will be dry and muggy for the afternoon.

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Friday: It will be a quiet morning and very mild. Highs will climb to the upper 80s, more than 10 degrees above normal. Fall officially begins with the autumnal equinox at 4:02 p.m.

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Saturday: The first weekend of fall will feel more like summer. Highs will be in the upper 80s and it will be dry and muggy through the afternoon with sunshine.

Sunday: It will be another great day with highs in the upper 80s, which is 10 degrees above normal.

Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico

Published: Saturday, September 16, 2017 @ 9:16 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 7:00 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the latest.

Hurricane Maria has made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm Wednesday morning. 

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Maria is the second storm in the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season to become a Category 5 storm. As Maria moves through Puerto Rico, life threatening flash flooding, mudslides and storm surge are be possible.

>> RELATED: Hurricane Maria live updates

Tropical Storm Jose is still expected to impact the northeast coast of the United States through the week. 

Tropical Storm Warnings extent along the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 

See our WHIO Dopple 7 Interactive Radar

Jose's center should stay out to sea but dangerous rip currents and life threatening surf will be possible as the storm moves north. 

Maria became the fourth major hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season on Monday. Maria is expected to bring major impacts to the Leeward Island, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. 

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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. 

Storm surge 6-9 feet above tide could impact parts of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands. Maria is expected to curve back out to sea by the weekend, but there will be plenty to track. 

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

Tips for safe driving in foggy conditions

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 8:07 AM

Driving in fog can be dangerous but there are steps you can take to stay safe. 

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  1. Slow down. Give yourself extra time to get to your location especially if it is foggy for a commute
  2. Use your low-beams or fog lights NOT high beams. Highs beams reflect too much off the fog causing glare and making it harder to see the road and what is in front of you.
  3. Give yourself plenty of space. In case there is a sudden stop, make sure there is plenty of room between you and the cars around you. 
  4. If visibility drops to zero, turn on your hazard lights and pull off to a safe location.