After what has happened in the Plains this week, I hope that people take the warnings very serious today in Ohio. We normally can have quick spin-ups of tornadoes, but today has the ingredients for tornadic storms unlike anything Ohio has seen this year. Based on the forecast from the Storm Prediction Center, the Southwestern part of Ohio is in the Moderate Risk for severe storms, which I believe is the first of the year. While strong winds and hail are a real threat, isolated tornadoes are possible as well.
As a matter of fact, the Western part of Ohio is in the 10% chance of a tornado within 25 miles of a given point. Much of the rest of Ohio is in the 5% chance. This is a very serious matter. Even though we may not see the best chances for tornadic storms, the warnings should not be taken lightly. We had two tornadoes in the area two days ago and hopefully with the media's display of the deadly storms in the Plains people have thought serious about that they would do if the situation happened. A NOAA weather radio is a great idea. They are about $30 and extremely important in situations like this, where staying alert may be the factor between staying alive or not. This may come off as harsh, but please heed the warnings today. Stay safe and have a good one!
Andrew Buck Michael