breaking news

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. 

WATCH: Boat Video

RELATED: Thousands left without power after storms

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

WATCH: Peach Orchard video

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

Trending - Most Read Stories

Winter Weather Advisory issued ahead of anticipated accumulating snow

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 4:03 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the current timing and totals for snowfall this week.


  • Increasing clouds, rain/wintry mix develops tonight
  • Rain and snow changes to all snow late Tuesday 
  • Accumulating snow likely Tuesday night into Wednesday
Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Eric Elwell

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Tonight: Clouds will thicken tonight with rain showers developing, mainly after midnight, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Eric Elwell. Temperatures fall through the 50s and will be near freezing by Tuesday morning. Rain may change to freezing rain towards daybreak near or north of I-70

Tuesday: A wintry mix early will likely change over to a cold rain through the middle of the day with temperatures in the lower 40s. However, colder air will usher back in during the evening, causing the rain to change to snow. All snow is expected Tuesday night with accumulations likely. 

>> 5-Day Forecast

Wednesday: Snow will be likely early then taper off by midday. Snowfall accumulation will range from 2 to 4-inches with isolated areas picking up higher amounts. Clouds will linger through the day with gusty winds and temperatures in the middle to upper 30s. 

>> County-by-County Weather

Thursday: Skies will be mostly sunny with highs holding in the upper 30s.

Friday: Expect lots of sunshine with clouds increasing late. Highs will reach the middle 40s. 

Saturday: Clouds will thicken with a chance for rain or snow late in the day or evening. Highs will reach the lower 40s. 

Sunday: Expect a chance for rain or snow in the morning with conditions improving in the afternoon. Highs will rebound into the upper 40s. 

Trending - Most Read Stories

WPAFB Monday Weather: Evening rain showers, wintry mix expected

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 12:01 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—A cool start to the work week is expected, but temperatures are again expected to climb close to the middle 50s this afternoon, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.

RELATED: County-by-County Weather

Most of today will be dry with clouds on the increase, but the chance for rain returns later this evening and tonight.

With temperatures falling below freezing around midnight, it’s looking like some of the rain may change over to a wintry mix.

Trending - Most Read Stories

What is freezing rain and how is it different from snow and sleet?

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 2:31 PM

What is the difference between rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow? Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs has the answers.

During the winter months you may often hear about snow, sleet and freezing rain. 

Each has its own hazards, but freezing rain can create hidden dangers on the roads, more than the others. Unlike snow or sleet on pavement, freezing rain can appear wet, but is actually a sheet of ice and will leave no traction for drivers.

WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Freezing rain forms in the clouds just like snow, but it’s what happens after the snowflake leaves the cloud that changes everything. During a freezing rain event the air within the cloud is cold enough to produce a snowflake. 

If the snowflake falls into air below the cloud that is above freezing, it will melt into a raindrop. This droplet will continue to fall as rain as long as the environment remains above 32 degrees. 

WHIO Weather App

Since cold air is more dense than warm air, sometimes a thin layer of subfreezing air may settle to the surface cooling the ground. If this occurs, once the droplet hits anything that is below 32 degrees it will freeze on contact. Typically, elevated objects such as trees, overpasses and power lines are the first to accumulate ice. If freezing rain continues for an extended period of time, ice may become so thick that numerous accidents and power outages may occur.

Trending - Most Read Stories

St. Patrick’s Day: Freezing rain could impact celebration

Published: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 6:53 AM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 1:27 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini breaks down the next system that can impact your St. Patty's Day.

A storm system will approach the Miami Valley just in time for St. Patrick's Day, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. Early Saturday morning the system will bring freezing rain and possible ice acccumulation. 

Slick roads and icy sidewalks could be an issue beginning at 4am Saturday, and last through noon. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

  • Back roads and sidewalks may be untreated
  • Be aware of slippery surfaces if starting your party early
  • Winter Weather Advisory early Saturday so wear an extra layer for outdoor festivities. 


Prior to sunrise Saturday, freezing rain is set to move in from the west. This will become more widespread around sunrise and that’s when ice accumulation will start to become a big issue. This will continue through the morning hours but by 10am or 11am, we should start to see a transition over to rain as temperatures climb above freezing. Untreated surfaces however are likely to still be icy through lunch time.

>> 5-Day Weather Forecast

Trending - Most Read Stories