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TORNADO UPDATE: NWS details damage in Clark, Greene counties

Published: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 @ 3:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 05, 2018 @ 2:06 AM

Drone view of tornado destruction in Greene County


Five sheep were killed in the EF1 tornado that touched down near Xenia on Tuesday afternoon, National Weather Service investigators said. 

The finding was included in the public statement based on their survey of damage to more than 25 properties as the result of the tornado, with 95-mph winds, that hit about 4:45 p.m. 

NWS investigators said the first confirmed damage area was in the 1000 block of Ludlow Road in Beavercreek Twp., where there was wall damage and roof was taken off a large barn and a collapsed silo occurred at a second barn. There was roof and chimney on a residence on the property. Numerous hardwood and softwood trees were damaged as well.

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Several properties farther east along Ludlow Road were damaged. The most significant damage occurred in the 800 block, where more than 30 percent of one home’s roof was torn off and multiple windows were broken. 

Additional, significant barn and tree damage occurred on the property. 

In the 700 to 500 block of Ludlow, several homes had roof damage. Barns had significant damage.  

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The tornado continued east, in the 2400 North Block of U.S. 68. Minor damage was done to a home, mainly siding and roof damage as well as a collapsed chimney and a destroyed fence. A large camper was rolled over and the roof was lifted off a brick outbuilding. 

Farther east along Clifton Road, in the 700 and 800 block, barns and homes had roof and porch damage. Significant roof and siding damage was present on the residences of two homes in the 2400 block of Clifton Road.

“A sheep farm in this area did experience the loss of five sheep,” weather service investigators said. 

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The northern most extent of confirmed tornado damage was along state Route 72 and Clifton Road. They reported widespread tree and roof damage along Wilberforce-Clifton Road and 72, south of Clifton, all in the same north-northeast direction. 

“While the wind damage was significant in this area, estimated to be as high as 80 mph, this damage was more consistent with straight line wind damage," investigators said.


National Weather Service investigators released details about the EF1 tornado that touched down 3 miles west and northwest of Selma and southwest of South Charleston, in Clark County. 

The tornado hit during a three-minute period (4:56 to 4:59 p.m.), cutting a path of 4.3 miles and packing 90-mph winds. There were no injuries. 

Investigators said the first visual sign of tornadic damage was observed on Cortsville Road, where a barn was destroyed and a large hardwood tree was knocked down. 

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“Damage continued to the east-northeast, particularly at the McDorman Farm on Selma Pike where multiple buildings were damaged. A significant portion of the roof of one building was lifted off and blown into an adjacent field. On another building, multiple sides had siding removed and sustained some roof damage. Exterior walls on multiple sides of a large barn were also damaged. 

“It is possible that the tornado briefly lifted beyond this property, although additional tornadic damage was observed as far east as Clifton Road. Shutters were removed and lifted from multiple sides of a two-story home. One tree was also downed nearby. 

“An eyewitness report confirmed the presence of a tornado in this vicinity. The tornado is believed to have ended shortly after as no additional damage was observed further east along Clifton Road and within South Charleston.”

“It has been determined that the tornadic damage in this vicinity is separate and independent from the tornadic damage further southwest in parts of Greene County, Ohio,” NWS officials said in their Public Information Statement. 


National Weather Service investigators plan to conduct storm damage surveys this morning to confirm whether a tornado touched down Tuesday in northern Greene and possibly into southeastern Clark counties.

“Based on radar evidence and damage reported, it is believed that a tornado was responsible for damage in northern Greene County, possibly extending into southeastern Clark County,” the National Weather Service said in a statement.

The NWS will look at radar evidence, and consider photos, videos and storm reports from the public and first responders to determine what caused the damage. 

“They look at how the damage is thrown about when they are on the survey site,” said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. “If trees are snapped in random directions, a tornado likely caused the damage. If trees or damage looked to be knocked over in one direction, then straight line winds are more likely to blame.”

No injuries were reported.

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Xenia and Beavercreek townships, Greene County

Severe storms Tuesday afternoon caused significant damage in Xenia Twp. and Beavercreek Twp. There was significant damage to trees, barns and other buildings from Ludlow Road to Clifton Road in the area of U.S. 68 and Ohio 235. 

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South Charleston, Clark County

A barn was destroyed on Cortsville Road, leaving debris scattered. An adjacent barn was left standing.

Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett said her office received reports of a funnel cloud near South Charleston shortly after 5 p.m. Trees were reported down.

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“It was southwest of the village,” said Chris Clark, Madison Twp. Fire and EMS Chief. “It was moving east. There was obvious and significant rotation in it, however I couldn’t see the base because of the vantage point. I can’t say it was on the ground but it was a rather large funnel cloud.”

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Increasing threat for showers through Friday

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 3:21 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 11:25 PM

Chance for passing showers and storms return today, especially south of I-70.

Patchy light rain and drizzle will taper off; some patchy fog is possible overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures fall into the lower 60s.


  • Showers redevelop Friday
  • A bit cooler Friday
  • On and off storms into the weekend 

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Friday: Expect mostly cloudy skies with occasional showers. A rumble of thunder is possible but severe weather is not expected. Highs will hold in the lower 70s.

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Saturday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds and a chance for passing showers and storms. Highs will rebound to near 80 degrees.

Sunday: The day will start mainly dry under partly cloudy skies. Clouds will increase late in the day with scattered showers and storms becoming likely by evening. One or two stronger storms will be possible. Highs will climb into the middle 80s.

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Monday: Expect a chance for showers and storms with highs in the lower 80s.

Tuesday: Partly sunny skies are expected with only a slight chance for a lingering shower. Highs will top out near 80 degrees.

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Chance for showers and storms tonight, into coming week

Published: Saturday, May 12, 2018 @ 5:19 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 12, 2018 @ 8:20 PM

We once again have the chance to see a few showers and storms in the Dayton area on this Mother's Day.

A few passing showers are expected this evening, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.


  • Chance for showers, storms tonight, into coming week
  • Mother’s Day won’t be all-day rain event
  • Warm, muggy conditions all next week

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Overnight: While the chance for storms overnight is not all that high, it can’t be ruled out, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. However, it looks like lost of the storms will stay to the north. Temperatures overnight will drop to near 60 degrees. Areas north of Interstate 70 will fall into the 50s.

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Mother’s Day: The chance for showers and storms returns Sunday. It won’t be rainy all day, but there will be showers and storms at times. It’ll be warm and muggy again with highs in the lower 80s.

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Monday: Temperatures get back into the middle 80s with the chance for more showers and storms. Partly cloudy skies are expected.

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Tuesday: With this unstable boundary still with us most of the week, the chance for showers and storms continues. However, rain won’t last all day. Highs will be in the middle to upper 80s.

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Wednesday: A pretty good chance for showers and storms exists with highs in the lower to middle 80s.

Thursday: Another warm and muggy day is expected with highs in the lower 80s. More showers and thunderstorms are possible.

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Partly cloudy overnight; rounds of showers and storms this Mother’s Day weekend

Published: Friday, May 11, 2018 @ 3:55 AM
Updated: Friday, May 11, 2018 @ 11:30 PM

A much more active weather pattern will develop across the Miami Valley late Saturday and last into next week. Heat and humidity will combine with a stalled front north of the Valley to bring occasional rounds of showers and storms. A few of those storms have the potential to be severe.

Expect partly cloudy skies, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures will drop or hold in the 60s.


  • Quiet and mild overnight
  • Storms develop late Saturday, few strong
  • On and off storms through the week 

>> LIVE Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Saturday: Expect partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures. Scattered storms will develop across the far northern Valley late in the afternoon and slide southward into the evening. A few storms could be strong or severe with damaging winds and hail the main threat. Highs will reach to near 80 degrees, although it will be cooler in the far northern Valley.

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>> 5-Day Forecast

Sunday: Expect partly sunny skies with a chance for a shower or storm at about any time. A storm could briefly be strong or severe. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

Monday: Expect partly sunny skies and unseasonably warm and muggy conditions. A pop-up storm will be possible. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy skies are expected with quite warm and muggy conditions. There will be the chance for storms, especially late. A few storms could be strong or severe. Highs will be in the upper 80s.

Wednesday: Expect lots of clouds with a good chance for showers and storms. A few strong storms are possible. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

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Strong winds, heavy rain, and small hail possible overnight

Published: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 @ 3:35 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 10, 2018 @ 1:28 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the timing of the overnight storms Wed into Thursday

Line of storms will continue to move east across the Miami Valley. Strong winds, very heavy rain and even some small hail will be possible over the next few hours, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Activity will exit by between 4- 5 a.m., so the morning commute should be just fine with lingering wet roads. 


  • Isolated strong storm possible overnight
  • Slightly cooler Thursday
  • Heating up with hit or miss storms this weekend

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Thursday: There is a slight chance for a shower early, otherwise expect clearing skies and slightly cooler temperatures. Highs will be in the upper 70s with breezy conditions.

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>>County-by-County Weather

Friday: Skies will be partly cloudy. There is a slight chance for a pop-up storm. Highs will be back in the lower 80s.

>>5-Day Forecast

Saturday: Partly cloudy skies, breezy and warm conditions are expected with high temperatures soaring into the middle 80s. There is a chance for a pop-up storm across the northern Miami Valley.

Sunday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with a chance for passing showers and storms, mainly in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 70s.

Monday: Partly sunny skies will start the week with a high near 80 degrees.

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