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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. 

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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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More rain expected today

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 5:19 AM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 11:07 AM

Rain chances remain high today, but will gradually decrease throughout the work week.

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  • More scattered showers today
  • Patchy fog possible into the morning hours tomorrow
  • Drying out by the end of the work week

Today: Mainly scattered showers with an isolated downpour possible in the afternoon and early evening. Temperatures only climbing to about 77 degrees with mostly cloudy skies, according to News Center 7 Meteorologist Jesse Maag.

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Tonight: A few lingering showers early, then mostly cloudy tonight. Patchy fog is possible to develop overnight. Low will be near 63 degrees.

Monday: There’s a chance for a few more showers under mostly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the upper 70s.

Tuesday: We will see another chance for showers with partly cloudy skies overhead. Humid with temperatures in the mid to lower 80s.

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Wednesday: There’s a slight chance for rain with temperatures climbing back into the middle 80s. 

Thursday: Partly cloudy skies with highs in the middle 80s are expected.

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More rain expected to end the weekend

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 4:54 AM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 9:07 PM

Rain sticks with us to start the week in the Dayton area.

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  • Rain chances stay with us for the next few days
  • More dry time later this coming week
  • Warmer temperatures build back in

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Today: Showers and storms are expected to pop up in the afternoon and into the evening hours. Temperatures will hold in the upper 70s.

Tonight: A few lingering spotty showers will continue to be possible overnight, but overall more dry time is expected. Temperatures will drop into the middle 60s overnight.

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Sunday: More spotty showers are expected, with the best chances coming in the afternoon hours. It’ll again be a cooler day with highs in the middle to upper 70s.

Monday: More rain is on tap to start the work-week. Highs will be in the upper 70s.

Tuesday: The chance for rain continues, but more dry time is expected overall. Temperatures will get back into the lower to middle 80s.

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Wednesday: More dry time is expected, but a stray shower can’t be ruled out, especially further east. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

The chance for rain sticks around this weekend and even lasts into the middle of the work week.
Thursday: Partly cloudy skies with highs in the middle 80s are expected.

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Showers, storms taper off tonight

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 4:22 AM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 10:00 PM

Rough weather predicted for the remainder of Friday

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Tonight: Showers and storms, some heavy, will gradually taper down after midnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures will fall into the middle 60s overnight.

Rough weather predicted for the remainder of Friday

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Saturday: Expect showers and storms to increase in coverage through the afternoon hours. Temperatures will hold in the upper 70s.

Saturday: Expect showers and storms to increase in coverage through the afternoon hours. Temperatures will hold in the upper 70s.

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Sunday: Much of the area will be dry in the morning but more showers and storms will develop during the afternoon hours. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.

Monday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds in the morning with a chance for some showers and storms in the afternoon and early evening. Highs will reach into the lower 80s.

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Tuesday: Partly sunny skies are in the forecast with a slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm, mainly in the afternoon. Temperatures will rebound back into the middle 80s.

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Wednesday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with a slight chance for a pop up storm. It will be warm with highs in the middle 80s.

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Severe weather possible here for the weekend

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 3:33 AM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 2:12 AM

Storms which are pounding the Central Plains Thursday night will push into the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys on Friday. Our StormCenter 7 team says there will be a threat for severe storms over the Miami Valley late Friday afternoon and into the evening hours.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center placed much of the Miami Valley under an Enhanced Risk for Severe Storms for Friday.

The severe weather that spawned numerous tornadoes across the Central Plains will shift east and south overnight and into the day Friday, with the threat for severe weather developing here during the afternoon hours,  Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

“While a line of storms will be possible in the morning, the main activity is expected to occur near or shortly before sunset,” Elwell said.

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The storm system responsible for the severe weather in Iowa, Missouri and Kansas will slowly shift into the Ohio Valley and then stall across the area through the weekend. 

"The threat for severe storms will decrease some over the weekend," Elwell said, “but we will likely pick up some much needed rainfall over the next 72 hours.”

Despite the recent dry conditions, there could be some flash flooding if the rain falls too hard, too fast, Elwell said.

The weather pattern change also is forecast to hold temperatures into the upper 70s this weekend.

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  • Humidity and storms arrive Friday
  • Isolated strong to severe storms possible (hail and wind)
  • Rounds of showers, storms this weekend 

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Friday: It will be warm, breezy and muggy with several rounds of showers and thunderstorms. The first round will move through in the morning and may bring gusty winds and heavy rain during the commute, mainly between 7 and 9 a.m. A lull in activity is expected through midday, when temperatures will climb into the lower 80s with increased humidity. Isolated showers and storms begin to develop during the afternoon with a more significant line coming through during the evening Damaging wind gusts will be possible with the strongest storms late in the day.

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Saturday: Expect on and off showers and storms through the day. While there will be some dry time, rain may be heavy at times. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.

Sunday: Skies will remain mostly cloudy with a continued threat for passing showers and storms. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.

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Monday: Partly to mostly cloudy skies will start the day with scattered showers and storms redeveloping during the afternoon. Highs will be a bit higher, climbing into the middle 80s.

Tuesday: Skies will be partly cloudy with temperatures rising into the middle 80s. There will be a slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm.

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