Eyes now on weekend storm as first storm system moves out

Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 3:48 AM
Updated: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 11:46 PM

Active weather expected into the weekend.

Clouds will break and temps will fall into the middle 30s by morning, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. 

RELATED: Dayton Interactive Radar - WHIO Doppler 7

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Drying out tonight, turning cooler
  • Dry and cool Thursday
  • Wind gusts increase Friday; rain and wind Saturday

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

THURSDAY: Expect a mix of sun and clouds. Breezy at times with highs in the low to mid-40s. 

5 Day Forecast with Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell

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FRIDAY: The day will start with sunshine, but clouds will increase in the afternoon. Gusty winds will develop through the day with highs reaching the lower 50s. Rain will move in with a chance for a thunderstorm Friday night.

SATURDAY: Strong winds and rain will be likely. Wind gusts of over 40mph will be possible, especially early in the day. Temperatures will top out in the upper 50s around midday and then begin to rapidly fall through the 40s and into the 30s by evening as showers taper off. A few flurries will be possible Saturday night.

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SUNDAY: Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy. There will be the chance for some passing flurries, mainly north of I-70. Temperatures will hold in the upper 30s with blustery conditions.

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MONDAY: Mostly sunny and cool with highs near 40 degrees. 

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Severe weather season eerily quiet -- for now

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:20 PM

In Ohio, severe weather season got off to a quick start in March and early April with 9 tornadoes reported in the state. Typically, Ohio sees about 3 tornadoes from January through April. However, it has been eerily quiet in the Central and Southern Plains, which is tornado alley.

Despite the cold winter, severe weather season actually got off to a quick and intense start, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. 

On Feb. 25, the state's first tornado of the year touched down in Clermont County, just outside of Cincinnati. 

March was also active but with flooding more of a concern than severe winds or hail. 

>> WATCH: WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

But that changed again as we rolled into April with several tornadoes touching down across the Miami Valley and the state. 

So far in 2018, there have been nine tornado touchdowns in Ohio. Usually by this time of year, we've had an average of three tornadoes. 

But since early April, the weather turned cool across the Ohio Valley and really about the eastern half of the country. 

>> 5-Day Forecast | Dayton Weather

The cooler weather has all but squashed severe weather across much of the region. 

In the central plains, what is typically known as "Tornado Alley" has been unusually void of tornadoes. Typically, Oklahoma and Kansas have had about 20 tornadoes each by this time of the year. 

So far, there have been no tornado touchdowns in either state. 

Amazingly, there have been more tornadoes in California and Ohio than in anywhere in the northern or central plains. 

As May gets underway, a more active -- typical -- spring pattern is expected to evolve. 

This will likely bring the threat of severe storms back into areas that typically see it this time of year. 

The threat for stronger storms may even return to Ohio by the first or second week of May.

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Moraine police issue warning after attempted child abduction

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:55 PM

The Moraine Police Department is issuing a warning to parents and guardians to keep an eye on children as the warm weather brings more of them outside to play.

The department, in a social media post tonight, related that police took a complaint from a 13-year-old girl who said a white male, 40 to 50 years old with brown hair, brown hat and dark sunglasses tried to lure her into his vehicle. 

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Officer Jay Klemmensen said the incident occurred sometime between 4 and 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

The incident occurred in the area of Lauderdale Drive and Genoa Street, according to the social media post. 

The would-be assailant claimed to have a dog in the back of the vehicle, police said in the post. He also exposed himself to the girl, who police said was able to run to safety. 

The suspect was believed to be driving an older four-door sedan, dark gray with a rusted front end. 

Officer Klemmensen noted that the suspect followed the girl from Alex-Bell Plaza. 

If you have information about this incident or believe you saw the incident, you are asked to call Moraine police at 937-535-1166.

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Parents of Otto Warmbier file wrongful death lawsuit against N. Korea

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 4:47 PM

(AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin, File)(Jon Chol Jin/AP)
(AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin, File)(Jon Chol Jin/AP)

The parents of Otto Warmbier are suing North Korea in a 22-page complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. 

Warmbier was a college student from Wyoming, Ohio, who was jailed in North Korea and died shortly after he was returned to the United States in a coma. 

Fred and Cindy Warmbier, in the lawsuit, accuse Kim Jong Un's "criminal" regime of brutally torturing and murdering the 22-year-old during his 17-month-long captivity from Jan. 2, 2016, through June 13, 2017. 

Otto Warmbier died on June 19, 2017, in Cincinnati. 

"Otto was taken hostage, kept as a prisoner for political purposes, used as a pawn and singled out for exceptionally harsh and brutal treatment by Kim Jong Un. Kim and his regime have portrayed themselves as innocent, while they intentionally destroyed our son's life. This lawsuit is another step in holding North Korea accountable for its barbaric treatment of Otto and our family," said Fred Warmbier in a statement. 

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Last summer, Fred Warmbier told the hosts of "Fox & Friends" and CNN "it looked like someone had taken pliers and tried to rearrange" Otto's bottom teeth. He said he noticed this while examining his son after he returned to the U.S. in June. 

The Hamilton County Coroner's Office disputed that account, our news partners WCPO.com have reported. County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco said she did not see "any evidence of trauma" to Otto's teeth upon his return from North Korea and that she was surprised by the Warmbier's statements. 

The Warmbiers also attended President Trump's State of the Union address in January. 

"You are powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world, and your strength inspires truly us all," Trump said to the Warmbiers. "Tonight, we pledge to honor Otto's memory with total American resolve." 

Fred Warmbier accompanied Vice President Mike Pence to the Olympics in South Korea.

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Grass fire in Fairborn Community Park is extinguished

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 6:03 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:03 PM

UPDATE @ 7:02 p.m.: Crews tell us they don’t know what caused the fire in prairie grass at Community Park that burned an area approximately 100 yards by 100 yards.

There were no injuries, officials said.

INITIAL REPORT

Crews are dealing with a grass fire reportedly in Community Park, on East Dayon Yellow Springs Road in Fairborn. 

The park is near I-675 in Greene County and there were calls to police dispatch about a grass fire near the interstate. 

The incident was dispatched just after 4:20 p.m. 

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We're hearing that about an acre is burning. 

We have a crew on the way to check it out. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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