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Tornado cleanup effort underway in Celina

Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 3:30 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 12:44 PM

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UPDATE @ 12:40 p.m. (Nov 7)

Celina has been able to re-open all but two streets in the city. Schools were back in session Tuesday and ninety percent of the city has had power restored.

Celina Tornado: 911 calls describe moment the tornado first hit

NewsCenter 7’s Sean Cudahy will have more on the tornado cleanup effort starting at 5 p.m. on WHIO. 


The tornado that hit about a mile south of Celina on Sunday afternoon, injuring eight people, was an EF-2 that produced top winds of 120 mph and was on the ground for more than 5 miles, National Weather Service investigators confirmed Monday evening. 

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According to the statement the weather service released this evening: 

Law enforcement observed a funnel cloud near Main Street and Schunk Road. Just to the northeast of this report is where it appears the tornado first touched down, where multiple tree limbs between Main Street and West Bank Road were knocked down. 

Survey team members said they believe the tornado then skirted Grand Lake St. Marys, producing minor tree and structural damage near Lake Shore Drive at Elmgrove Avenue. 

The tornado then likely moved back over a small portion of Grand Lake St. Marys before knocking down a fence and a few small trees at the back parking lot of Wendy's on East Market Street. A one-story home on Vine Street also had shingles removed from about 10 percent of its roof. 

Further east on East Market Street, the tornado intensified as it destroyed the roof at Lakeshore Auto Sales. Along Lake Street, several large branches were knocked down. Further east, another business had a significant portion of its roof removed and windows at the front of it were broken. 

Dollar General in Celina.

Onto the 1100 block of East Livingston Street, tree damage was common and the roofs of several of the homes were damaged. A large hardwood tree was knocked onto the second floor of one of those homes, producing significant roof damage. 

To the northeast, an outbuilding associated with a business on Grand Lake Road was destroyed. On the other side of Grand Lake Road, significant debris wrapped around a fence on Montgomery Field. Trees were also uprooted on adjacent May Street. 

The most significant damage occurred at the Crown Equipment Corporation. A significant portion of the roof was removed and exterior walls on the southwest side of the building also collapsed. Damage was also noted on the east-facing side of the building. 

Businesses along Havermann Road were also affected, most notably C-Town Wings. Front windows were blown out there. At the Dollar General, considerable structural damage -- including roof collapse and exterior wall failure -- occurred. The damage to both businesses was consistent with EF-2 tornadic winds. 

Several businesses within a strip mall along Havermann Road also were damage, particularly a sports store where the front doors were blown in and a portion of the roof collapsed. 

Some trees were downed near Howick and Riley roads. 

The end of the tornado appears to have occurred near the 8000 block of Riley Road.


A severe thunderstorm that slammed into the Miami Valley on Sunday produced two EF-2 tornadoes in as many communities in Mercer County, the National Weather Service confirmed Monday afternoon. 

One touched down in Celina, the other a continuing twister that touched Wabash-St. Anthony and Western Mercer County. 

EF-2 tornadoes produced a maximum winds of 120 mph and a path length of 8 miles, NWS officials said after conducting a storm survey earlier in the day.  

The city of Celina is devastated by a tornado. Sky 7 is on the scene.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Hours after the storm, Burville Road, located south of Ohio 29, remained closed, as well as parts of Mud Pike Road in Celina, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said. 

Many farms and turkey barns in the county were destroyed, he said. Area farmers brought out their equipment to help neighbors in need, added. 

Celina Mayor Jeff Hazel said Grand Lake and Havemann roads in Celina also remain shut.

Power is restored to about 90 percent of the city. A total of 40 businesses are without power.

Late Sunday, Hazel declared a State of Emergency for the city.

Two of Sunday’s strongest hit the east end of Celina’s business district. The National Weather Service initially said preliminary reports indicated an EF-1 tornado caused the damage.

Watch Sky7 drone video of damage to Crown Equipment in Celina after strong and severe storms pounded the region Sunday.

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Dangerous heat to last into the new week

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 8:03 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 4:46 PM

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It will be quite hot and humid with mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will reach near 93 degrees, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell. The heat index will be between 95 to 100 degrees by late afternoon. While most will stay dry, an isolated pop-up strong storm cannot be ruled out.

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


- Air Pollution Advisory until Monday

- Heat index near 100 again Monday afternoon

- Storms to bring locally heavy rain by Tuesday

 >>5-day forecast

This Evening: A hot and humid evening is in the forecast with a slight chance for a pop-up storm. Any storms will quickly dissipate after sunset. Temperatures will fall through the 80s after sunset.

Tonight: Skies will become mostly clear. It will remain warm and muggy with a low around 73 degrees.

Tomorrow: Another hot day is in the forecast with the humidity making temperatures feel more like 100 degrees. Actual temperatures will top out in the lower 90s under mostly sunny skies. There is a slight chance for a pop-up late day storm. Chances will increase late Monday night. 

Tuesday: Skies will be partly cloudy with an increasing chance for scattered showers and storms developing, especially during the afternoon. Some of the storms could produce locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding. Highs will top out in the upper 80s.

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Wednesday: Numerous showers and storms will be scattered across the Miami Valley. Some of the storms could produce locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding. Storms will taper down after sunset. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

Thursday: There is a chance for a few storms early in the day and then again toward late evening or at night. Otherwise partly cloudy skies are expected with a bit cooler, less humid air arriving. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

Friday: Scattered showers and storms will return by the afternoon with highs in the middle 80s.

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Isolated Strong Storms Today

Published: Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 5:01 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 4:56 PM

 More heat and humidity this weekend with the hottest temperatures in nearly five years by Sunday. More showers and storms likely for next week, said meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar 


  • Few isolated afternoon and evening storms today
  • Hottest temperatures in nearly five years by Sunday
  • Showers and storms more likely next week

>>5-day forecast

Today: A hot and humid afternoon with a few isolated storms possible. For those areas that develop storms, the potential for hail, damaging winds, frequent lightning and heavy rain is possible. Storms will be slow moving, so the potential for minor flooding exists. The rest of the area will be quite steamy with highs around 90 degrees and feeling like the lower to middle 90s under partly to mostly sunny skies. Drying out later tonight, but staying warm and muggy. Overnight lows around 70 degrees.

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Sunday: Another hot and humid day with mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will rise into the lower 90s with a heat index approaching 100 degrees.

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Monday: Partly cloudy, hot and humid again on Monday. Highs once again rise into the lower 90s with a heat index approaching 100 degrees. Chance for a pop-up shower or storm in the afternoon or evening. 

Tuesday: Partly sunny with scattered showers and storms. A very warm and muggy day with temperatures well into the upper 80s.

>>County-by-county weather 

Wednesday: A chance for showers and storms remains in the forecast with highs in the middle 80s.

Thursday: Warm and humid again with the chance of a few more showers or storms. Highs in the lower 80s.

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Heat builds for Father’s Day weekend

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 3:43 AM
Updated: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 11:40 PM

Chance for storms return next week.

Expect mostly clear skies and overnight lows in the middle 60s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.


  • Warm, getting muggier tonight
  • Highest temps in nearly 5 years by Sunday
  • Air Pollution Advisory in effect through Monday

>> Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Saturday: Lots of sunshine with hot and humid weather to start the weekend. Highs will top out near 90 degrees with a heat index near 95 degrees.

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Father’s Day: It will remain hot and humid under mostly sunny skies on Sunday. Highs will be in the lower 90s with a heat index approaching 100 degrees.

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Monday: It will remain hot and humid. Partly cloudy skies are expected with a chance for a pop-up shower or storm in the afternoon or evening. Highs will remain in the lower 90s.

Tuesday: Expect scattered showers and storms. Temperatures will hold in the upper 80s.

>> WHIO Weather App

Wednesday: A chance for showers and storms remains in the forecast with highs in the middle 80s.

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

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Venus visible after sunset tonight

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 7:37 AM
Updated: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 11:50 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini explains how to find the two planets.

You have the chance to find Venus tonight,  Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said.

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First, use the thin cresent moon to help. About 40 to 60 minutes after sunset, look to the west and you should find the moon.

On June 16, the moon after sunset will be above Venus and to the left. Venus will shine brightly and not twinkle. Try to snap a picture, and share with the hashtag #SkyWitness7!!!

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