Tornadoes strike Miami Valley

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 3:15 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 7:25 AM

3 areas showing the aftermath of last night's destructive storms

Severe weather Wednesday night brought multiple tornado touchdowns throughout the Miami Valley.

The National Weather Service said it’s believed a tornado or multiple tornadoes were responsible for the damage.

One tornado was reported in the area of U.S. 35 at the split with the U.S. 35 Business Route in Xenia. Another tornado was reported about four miles west of New Carlisle.

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Widespread damage was reported in Park Layne, where the Sunoco, McDonald’s, Victory Motors and other businesses were damaged.

Park Layne storm damage apparent in daylight

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“I got there slightly before the emergency response team,” said Brady Smith, who said he could smell exposed gasoline at the Sunoco. He reported damage at several businesses.

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“This is likely a very strong tornado on the ground,” Elwell said. “We’ve had a very dangerous weather situation.”

Three-thousand people were locked down during the Xenia High School graduation ceremony at the Nutter Center at Wright State University, reported NewsCenter 7’s Caroline Reinwald.

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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base security forces were checking late Wednesday to see if damage was caused by storms over the base.

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“At this time, we do not know if a tornado touched down or not” on the base, spokeswoman Marie Vanover said late Wednesday night.

Wright-Patterson weathercasters issued a tornado warning at 8:33 p.m. The warning was extended at 9:15 p.m. and again at 9:35 p.m.

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Jason Slyger, of Sabina, Clinton County, said he saw a tornado touch down near Jeffersonville and the Jackson Twp. line about 8:30 p.m.

“You see the storm, you see a V and all of a sudden you see debris in the air,” he said.

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Humidity builds with threat of storms to start holiday weekend

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 6:55 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 1:15 PM

Very warm and humid this weekend with storms likely today.

Scattered thunderstorms develop into the afternoon with highs in the lower to middle 80s. Severe storms are not expected, but brief heavy rainfall, gusty winds and lightning are possible, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said.

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    QUICK-LOOK FORECAST:  

    • Warm and humid this weekend
    • Scattered thunderstorms expected to start holiday weekend
    • Mainly dry and hot for Memorial Day 

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    This evening/overnight: Storms will taper off this evening and become partly cloudy overnight with lows in the upper 60s.

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    Sunday: Partly sunny, hot and humid. Slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm. Highs in the upper 80s, but feeling like the lower 90s.

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    Memorial Day: Lots of sunshine, hot and humid again for Monday. Highs will top out near 90 degrees with a heat index from 90 to 95 degrees.

    Tuesday: Expect partly cloudy skies with muggy conditions and a high near 90 degrees.

    Wednesday: Skies will become mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms developing. Highs will drop back into the middle 80s.

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    Subtropical Storm Alberto: Gov. Rick Scott declares state of emergency in Florida

    Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:53 PM

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    Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 18-150 on Saturday, declaring a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties as the state continues to monitor and prepare for Subtropical Storm Alberto.

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    By declaring this state of emergency, Scott's office said he is ensuring that state and local government has ample time, resources and flexibility to get prepared for this storm, WFTV reported.

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    Scott said, “As we continue to monitor Subtropical Storm Alberto’s northward path toward Florida, it is critically important that all Florida counties have every available resource to keep families safe and prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding this storm will bring. Today, I have declared a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties to make sure that our state and local governments are able to coordinate with federal partners to get the resources they need. Yesterday, I directed the State Emergency Operations Center activate to Level 2 and I will continue to be in constant communication with state and local emergency management officials as this storm approaches Florida.

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    “If any Florida family doesn’t have an emergency preparedness plan, now is the time to act. Remember, the track of these storms can change without notice. Do not think that only areas in the cone will be impacted – everyone in our state must be prepared. I encourage every Floridian to visit FloridaDisaster.org and get your plan before this storm hits so you can keep your family safe. We will continue to provide updates to Florida’s residents and visitors and do everything to prepare for and respond to this storm.”

    READ: Alberto to drench Memorial Day weekend plans

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    CONTACTS
    • The State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) contact number is 1-800-342-3557. 
    • Follow @FLSert or @FLGovScott on Twitter for live updates.
    • Visit floridadisaster.org to find information on shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes. 

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    Heat Index: What is it? Why does it matter?

    Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 6:35 AM

    Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks into what the heat index is and why it is important.

     In the winter we talk about wind chill and in the spring and summer, it is the heat index that is important, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

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    Both are apparent or "feels like" temperatures. The heat index is a "feels like" temperature that looks at the actual air temperature and how much moisture is in the air, either with relative humidity or dew point. When it is hot, it can be uncomfortable. When it is hot and muggy, it is a different level for our bodies. 

    The amount of moisture in the air impacts how well our bodies can cool off. When you are hot, your body starts to sweat, that sweat is then evaporated from your body into the atmosphere. If the moisture content of the air is high, it is harder for that evaporation to take place, and harder then for your body to cool down. 

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    Here is the actual equation for calculating heat index: 

     

    HI = -42.379 + 2.04901523*T + 10.14333127*RH - .22475541*T*RH - .00683783*T*T - .05481717*RH*RH + .00122874*T*T*RH + .00085282*T*RH*RH - .00000199*T*T*RH*RH

     

    As the air temperature and relative humidity increase, the heat index will as well. If it is 88 degrees with a relative humidity of 55%, the heat index would be 93 degrees. If it was 100 degrees with a relative humidity of 55%, the heat index would reach 124 degrees. This makes being outside when it is hot and humid more dangerous. 

    • 80-90° - Use caution. Prolonged activity outside or exposure could be dangerous. 
    • 90-103°- Use extreme caution. Lengthy exposure can cause heat cramps, heat stroke or heat exhaustion
    • 103-124°- Danger! Heat cramps and heat exhaustion likely. Prolonged exposure can lead to heat stroke. 
     

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    WHIO Weather App: Check Live Doppler 7 LOCAL radar, stormy forecast Memorial Day Weekend

    Published: Friday, November 18, 2016 @ 2:01 PM
    Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 10:59 AM

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    Install the WHIO Weather App free now from the Google Play or Apple store. Right at your fingertips, you'll have access to:

    • Live radar to track rain, lightning and storms
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    • Forecasts wherever you travel in the U.S. 

    HOW DO I ADD MY CITY OR LOCATION IN THE APP?

    Once you have downloaded the app, it is time to setup the locations you would like to monitor. Remember, these can change whenever you'd like with a push of a button. 

    • Once in the WHIO Weather app, look for the 'plus sign' at the top left of your screen  
    • Click Current Location to save your first city 

    After that, you can save up to 10 locations by typing in the city and state. These locations can be anywhere you wish to receive weather updates. 

    SHOULD I "ENABLE" BACKGROUND TRACKING? 

    A new feature in the app is its ability to track storms even when the app isn't open and update you wherever you go...even out of state. If you travel into a location that is being impacted by weather, you will automatically be updated through the app. 

    • Once in the App, click the 'plus sign' at the top left of your screen 
    • Go to the Settings button at the bottom of your locations tab
    • Click Background Tracking, this will take you to your phone's settings
    • Make sure under the 'Location' option you chose 'always'

    DO I HAVE TO BE ALERTED TO EVERYTHING WEATHER RELATED? 

    The WHIO Weather App is unique because it allows you to choose which the weather alerts for which you want to receive notifications. All watches, warnings and advisories that the National Weather Service issues are available in our app. 

    • Make sure there is a check by the alerts you want to receive
    • You can turn off any notification you don't want by clicking the check mark 

    WHY DIDN'T THE WARNING GO OFF ON MY PHONE? 

    A special feature on the WHIO Weather App is the ability for the app to notify you ONLY when your GPS or saved locations are in the POLYGON for a warning. The National Weather Service draws polygons when it issues warnings and advisories. If your location isn't in the polygon, the alert will NOT go off. 

    WATCHES on the other hand are issued for entire counties, not polygons. If your location falls in a county where a watch is issued you WILL get an alert. 

    ISN'T THE 7-DAY JUST LIKE ANY OTHER WEATHER APP? 

    Unlike most apps that rely on a computer to just dump weather data on to their app, the StormCenter 7 Team updates the forecast on the WHIO Weather App each day, multiple times a day. With the WHIO Weather App you are getting a detailed forecast specifically created for the Miami Valley. It's not from a meteorologist many states away.

     

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    HOW DO I SEE THE LATEST LIST OF SCHOOL/ BUSINESS CLOSINGS AND DELAYS? 

    We've added the latest list of school and business closings and delays in the WHIO Weather App so you can check the list from wherever you're located. Simply open the app, along the bottom is a tool bar, 'Closings' is the third option from the left. This will take you directly to the most recently updated list. This new feature will better help you plan your day, allowing you to adjust as needed when your kids' school or your place of business issues a delay or closes due to road conditions or other reasons. 

     

    I MISSED A NEWSCAST, HOW CAN I GET MY FORECAST? 

    If you miss a TV newscast, you can still keep up with the latest video forecasts our meteorologists create throughout the day. These short weather video segments tell the weather story of the day, how it will impact you, and contain their scientific explanations for unique elements of the forecast you won't get in a written story or graphic. This is a great tool during severe weather days and when a big winter storm may impact the Miami Valley. These custom video forecasts created by the StormCenter7 team of Meteorologists can be found under the 'Video' tab. 

     

    WHAT CAN I SEE ON THE INTERACTIVE RADAR BESIDES RAIN AND SNOW? 

    The Interactive Radar is available year-round in the WHIO Weather App. Features on the app allow you to see lightning strikes along with satellite and radar. Under the 'Radar' tab you can click on the 'Layer' icon to overlay things like watches and warnings so you can see where storms and alerts are in relation to your location.

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