DAYTON — September 14 marks not only the day Hurricane Florence made landfall on the Carolina coast, it's the anniversary of Ohio's most expensive natural disaster in recent state history--the windstorm related to Hurricane Ike, which swept across Dayton on September 14, 2008.
Wind speeds exceeded 75 mph, making the impact equal to a Category 1 hurricane hitting Ohio.
The hardest hit counties in the Miami Valley were south of I-70. People lived without power for weeks.
More than 2-million Ohio residents lost power, and the disaster led to $1.255 billion in insured losses.
Hurricane Ike first wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast states of Texas and Louisiana when it made landfall on September 13, 2008. The Category 2 hurricane remnants then moved north to Ohio. The damage caused by the hurricane force winds prompted state of emergency declarations in 29 Ohio counties.