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Widespread storm damage reported in Miami, Montgomery counties

Published: Monday, June 05, 2017 @ 4:24 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 @ 5:38 AM

Storm damage in Kettering

Cleanup is underway after strong storms struck several areas Monday night. 

Thunderstorm wind damage was reported in West Milton and Beavercreek. 

An inch of hail was reported around 4:40 p.m. in Maria Stein. 

PHOTOS: Storms hit area, inflict damage

RELATED:  Strong winds send boat into tree

UPDATE @ 11:03 p.m.

Strong storms leveled a barn near Ludlow Falls in Miami County Monday night.

RELATED: Strong winds split tree at Miami County home, send fishing boat into tree 

Lori Baker, who was visiting her parent's home on Horseshoe Bend Road in Union Twp., Miami County. 

LUDLOW falls storm video


Baker said she and her family noticed rotating clouds and winds from a window, but didn't anticipate the damage they found when the storm passed. 

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RELATED: Thousands left without power after storms

"We opened the door to check for hail damage and saw the barn was gone," Baker said. 

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Debris from the barn built in the 1970s can be seen scattered throughout the home's yard, and Baker said no one was injured. 

A number of storm damage reports were made in the area of Horseshoe Road with one homeowner finding a fishing boat mangled around a tree on the street. 

Over 800 Miami County homes and another 5,700 in Montgomery County remain without power, according to a DP&L outage map.

Strong winds leveled this barn on Horseshoe Road near Ludlow Falls in Miami County Monday night. (James Buechele/Staff)

UPDATE @ 7:30 p.m.: Widespread damage reports are springing from the severe thunderstorms that moved through the region Monday afternoon (Reports were made between 6 and 7 p.m., according to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch as well as dispatch reports outside Montgomery):

  • In Bellbrook, Large tree on a house that also brought down wires and power poles on Wead Place. No injuries have been reported. VIDEO from Wead Place
  • In Ludlow Falls, a tree hit a house in the 100 block of Vine Street. A boat was left wrapped around a tree on Horseshoe Bend Road. No injuries have been reported. 
  • In Oakwood, a tree reported onto a house in the 400 block of Peach Orchard Avenue. No injuries have been reported. 
  • In Kettering, trees uprooted and wires down along Far Hills Avenue
  • In the Centerville-Washington Twp. area, wires are reported down on Pine Forest and Langdon drives, the 400 block of North Village Drive, North Johanna Drive and East Franklin Street, Woodfield Place, the 100 block of Laurel Oak Drive.
Storms overnight brought wide spread damage in the Miami Valley
  • In Harrison Twp., a tree reported down on Ark Avenue and Otis Drive
  • In Dayton, trees reported down on West Third and Broadway streets, Mayfair Road and Hillcrest Avenue
  • In Trotwood, tree reported down in the 4900 block of Bloomfield Drive

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m.: In Butler County, a tree limb was reported down near West Taylor School and Brooks roads north of Hamilton, according to law enforcement.  

In Miami County, a large tree limb is down on the roadway in Pleasant Hill and sections of trees are down north of U.S. 48 in Ludlow Falls. 

We’re also fielding reports of a tree and wires down on a vehicle in the 7500 block of Markley Road in West Milton, where a caller reports a tree down on a vehicle, and Davis Road in the area of West Milton. 

Fire officials have confirm there are no injuries in the Markley Road damage report.

No one was injured when storms Monday afternoon, June 5, 2017, downed this tree and wires on Markley Road in West Milton, fire officials said. (Jim Noelker/Staff)

In Mercer County, quarter-size hail, about an inch in diameter, was reported in Maria Stein, by trained weather spotter.

UPDATE @ 5:16 p.m.:

Thunderstorm warnings for remaining counties in the Miami Valley have expired. 

UPDATE @ 4:41 p.m.:

Emergency management in Mercer County reported a tree across the road at Oregon and Township Line Roads.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Auglaize, Darke, Miami, Mercer and Shelby counties until 5:15 p.m.


Damage has been reported in the Rockford area in Mercer County as a severe thunderstorm hits the county.

A trained spotter reported several tree limbs estimated to be in the range of 7 to 8 inches in diameter were reported down near Rockford.


Quarter size hail also was reported near Celina around 4:10 p.m. by emergency management in Mercer County

WPAFB Tuesday Weather: Patchy frost, chilly temps to start the day 

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 12:03 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—After starting the day with some patchy frost and chilly temperatures, seasonably mild weather is expected this afternoon with plenty of sunshine, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell. 

RELATED: Dayton Interactive Radar - WHIO Doppler 7 

Highs will reach into the middle 60s. Skies will remain clear tonight as temperatures fall back into the 40s but stay slightly warmer than last night. 

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

The slow warming trend will continue through the week and into the upcoming weekend, with highs reaching back into the lower 70s by Thursday. The weather will remain dry through at least Saturday and likely through the entire weekend before a storm system arrives early next week.

Science world ignores politics, preps for lunar space station

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 2:52 PM

NASA and other space agencies around the world are planning to build an outpost near the moon.
NASA and other space agencies around the world are planning to build an outpost near the moon.(Zak GHM)

Working in the news business, it is easy to get distracted by the unsettling chaos of the day and the uneasy political climate.

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Most days, I tune out a lot of the bad news and try to focus on the weather and what good is happening. Yes, there are some good things. Despite our political discourse and the unnecessary politicization of science, the science community continues to work together for a better and brighter world with new, exciting adventures for exploration and study. This gives me great optimism for the future.

International Space Station flyover Kettering

One great example is the announcement of a new multi-national quest to build a lunar space station. Late last month, the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos announced they would join a NASA-led effort to build an international human outpost near the moon. The Russians will now join the European Space Agency (ESA), Japanese (JAXA) and Canadian space agencies (CSA) who are already working with NASA, on a plan to construct a modular habitat to be known as Deep-Space Gateway. The habitat will be built in orbit around the moon, and will become a primary destination for astronauts, extending the presence of humans beyond earth’s orbit for the first time since 1972 when Apollo missions ended.

»WEATHER: Get the latest Storm Center 7 forecast

The Deep-Space Gateway, if funded, is expected to be launched on NASA’s giant SLS rocket and serviced by the crews of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft. Once operational, the outpost is expected to pave the way for mission to Mars in the 2030s with the construction of a Deep Space Transport. It is also possible that Deep-Space Gateway will allow for future missions to the moon’s surface and perhaps even a lunar habitat. While some may think that such an undertaking could be a waste of money, it is important to realize the amazing discoveries that occur in space that significantly advance technology and research right here on earth. You can thank the space program for inventions like hand-held vacuum cleaners, breathing apparatus for firefighters, lasers that assist with heart surgery, satellite television, lightning detection systems and so much more.

The International Space Station (ISS) is the primary destination for astronauts and cosmonauts. The ISS is supported by NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA, ESA, and CSA. The ownership and use of the space station is established by intergovernmental treaties and agreements. Interestingly, the station is divided into two sections, the Russian Orbital Segment (ROS) and the United States Orbital Segment (USOS), which is shared by many nations. Currently, the American portion of ISS is being funded until 2024.

The lunar station, Deep-Space Gateway is expected to go under construction in the mid-2020s according to Roscosmos with both US and Russian rockets being used to launch the modules into space.

Now - if we could just get political leaders across the world to learn from the scientific community - and look beyond petty differences, greed and infighting. Working together with other nations can only help the advancement of science and technology, and perhaps someday, develop cures to diseases and famine. Despite our differences and beliefs, we are and will always be a tiny speck of something much, much bigger. The only question is - what will our contribution be?

Eric Elwell is WHIO StormCenter 7 Chief Meteorologist. Contact him at or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Patchy frost possible tonight

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 3:12 AM
Updated: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 6:56 PM

Temperatures drop into the 30s Tuesday AM, Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about possible impacts.

Sunny skies and cooler than normal temperatures are in the forecast for today, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.


  • Clearing skies, chilly tonight
  • Patchy frost possible early Tuesday
  • Rain-free, slow warming trend this week

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Tonight: Skies will clear tonight as temperatures drop through the 50s to an overnight low in the upper 30s in most places. Some areas north and east of the Dayton metro area could drop into the middle 30s. 

(Graphics by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

>> Venus and Mars visible this week

Tuesday: A cold morning with some patchy frost in low lying areas. After a chilly morning, sunshine will bring temperatures back into the middle 60s by afternoon.

(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

Wednesday: Sunny skies and mild temperatures are expected with highs approaching 70 degrees.

Thursday: It will be another sunny, dry day with high temperatures climbing to around 70 degrees.

>> #WhyWitness7

Friday: Skies will be mostly sunny with highs unseasonably mild, in the lower 70s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures will start the weekend. Highs will be back in the lower 70s.

Why is the sun red, the sky yellow in London? 

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 5:44 PM


An eerie weather phenomenon across parts of the United Kingdom is turning the skies an anemic yellow color and making the sun appear blood red.

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The anomaly is not the beginning of the end of days or a sign of the apocalypse, scientists said. Instead, it’s directly related to Hurricane Ophelia, which is whipping through the region.

The storm’s tropical air dragged in dust from the Sahara Desert and air pollution from wildfires in Spain and Portugal as it moved north through the Atlantic, creating the strange spectacle, the BBC reported.

The sky in France's Brittany region also turned yellow on Monday, Oct. 16,2017 as nearby Hurricane Ophelia brought a mix of sand from the Sahara and particles from Spain and Portugal's forest fires over the region. (David Vincent/AP)

“The dust gets picked up into the air and goes high up into the atmosphere, and that dust has been dragged high up in the atmosphere above the UK,” BBC weatherman Simon King said, according to the Express.

The blood-red sun Monday morning across the region is a result of the same weather phenomenon creating the yellow skies, according to the U.K.’s  Meteorological Office or Met Office.

“The same southerly winds that have brought us the current warmth have also drawn dust from the Sahara to our latitudes and the dust scatters the blue light from the sun letting more red light through much as at sunrise or sunset,” Met officials said on the agency’s website.

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Social media users in London chronicled the spectacle on Twitter.