Storms blast through our area

Posted By on June 4, 2008

Stormy sky
Tuesday night we had a series of severe storms make their way through our area (north of Cincinnati) and spawn rotational winds as well as 90 mph straight-line blasts. Thankfully there was significant warning and we was able to get a few things put away at home to prevent damage … but we did head for the basement about 9 PM. Most of the 3-4 inches in an hour rains were to our north and west, but we experienced plenty of lightning and thunder. As sirens blared and people for the most part took cover while they watched the television coverage and checked on their friends and family by phone. Within a 5 minute period of the initial cells passing over our house I received 5 phone calls from family and friends noting where the storms were located. In hindsight, the fierceness of the storm dissipated just prior to hitting our area, but then less violent cells continued to sweep through all night long. In fact as the Treo cellphone photo shows (click photo for larger), the ominous clouds and dark skies continue, as does a tornado watch.

Snipet from a Cincinnati Enquirer article:

Trees and wires were downed across Hamilton County and Cincinnati. The storm knocked down wires in Hyde Park on streets such as Observatory and Paxton avenues and Madison and Stettinus roads. Several streets are closed due to downed trees including Delta and Observatory.

About 8 a.m., winds destroyed a roof at Woody Sander Ford, 235 W. Mitchell Ave., in Spring Grove Village. No injuries were reported, and only a few vehicles suffered damage, but the building sustained about $75,000 worth of damage, city officials said.

“We got off real lucky there,” said Kyle Sanders, a salesman.

Duke Energy crews have been called to numerous locations.

A tree was reported down into a house in the 1500 block of Glen Parker Avenue in Northside. Electrical wires also are down. It is not known if they are live or if anyone was injured.

A transformer in the 1500 block of Central Avenue was struck by lighting and burst into flames.

This latest batch of storms follows waves of severe thunderstorms that ripped through Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky on Tuesday, with the worst of the storms hitting Butler and Warren counties.

Tuesday night, several funnel clouds were reported, mostly in Oxford and Mason, but no tornadoes have been confirmed touching down, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington and county dispatchers. Tornado sirens shrieked in communities such as West Chester Township about 9:30 p.m. as some residents took shelter in their basements.

A Waynesville woman was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton after lightning struck her house in the 900 block of Windfield Way at 8:19 p.m. Tuesday, said Wayne Township Fire Chief Paul Scherer.

The woman, who was standing in her bedroom at the time, suffered pain throughout her body from the strike, he said. She does not have life-threatening injuries. Her name and age was not released. Other relatives were home at the time, but they were not injured, the fire chief said.

Claire Wagner, a spokeswoman for Miami University in Oxford, said several hundred people attending a graduation for Hamilton High School about 9 p.m. Tuesday were held in Millett Hall due to the severe weather.

Incoming Miami freshmen and their parents going through orientation also were held in basements of other buildings for safety.

“For the intensity of the storm, there seems to not be any damage right now,” said Chris Warren, an Oxford police dispatcher.

Since the storms began Tuesday afternoon, more than 50,000 people lost power at some point, mostly in Hamilton County, according to Duke Energy’s website.

As of 2:10 a.m., 7,150 people remained without power, with the largest numbers in Clermont and Hamilton counties.

In Union County, Indiana, which is located just west of Oxford, Ohio, police are investigating an unconfirmed report that a tornado may have touched down at about 8:54 p.m. Tuesday, according to the weather service.


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