Well it is now 8:55 AM and I am still in the weather center keeping an eye on things. We almost have the last of the storms out of our area, and it has been quite an interesting evening. The Tornado Watch was extended from 5 AM to 9 AM and now until 3 PM, however once these last cells move out of Clinton County, we should see the watch boxes dropped.
It has been quite an interesting night. Jeff Booth came in and we hung out in the weather center and watched the radar and only had one Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued, which covered a few of the Northern counties. It was for a strong cell that actually had tornado warnings issued for it almost the entire trip across Indiana. It has lost some of its energy by the time it got here, but it still was quite strong with little to no rotation, so a Tornado Warning was not necessary.
The atmosphere had most of the ingredients to spin up a tornado, but not quite in our neck of the woods, which is a good thing. There were however about 50 tornado reports across the Midwest within the last 24 hours. Today the area offices of the National Weather Service will go out to inspect the damage and establish what was a tornado and what wasn't. Reports had come in, that in Illinois, semi tractor trailers were thrown hundreds of yards through the air, and even worse, the preliminary reports are that three people have lost their lives here in Wood County, OH late last night due to a tornado. The Wood County tornado tore though a high school and even damaged the county dispatch center. Very sad news, and just in case one of the storms that rolled through HERE did the same and became tornadic, I have been here all night keeping an eye on the conditions. The all-clear for the entire Miami Valley will be coming up shortly, about 9:30-10:00AM, and then the afternoon looks BEAUTIFUL!!! Have a good one!
Andrew Buck Michael
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