The National Weather Service has confirmed a microburst with 95-mph winds blew through Hilliard in Franklin County on Wednesday just after 4 p.m., part of the same line of storms that moved through the Dayton area an hour before.
The microburst caused straight line wind damage 500 yards wide and half-mile long, according to the weather service. The winds caused major damage to several warehouse buildings and tore off roofs as well.
The weather service reported wind speeds of 86 mph in Sidney on Wednesday. The strong winds are being blamed for blowing over a semitrailer on Interstate 75 in the city. The driver was injured.
It appears the region will be getting a break from the turbulent weather for a little while.
According to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson, scattered clouds are moving out of the area this evening, which is causing the humidity to drop even more. Temperatures will be in the upper 50s by sunrise Friday, which is expected to be the best day of the week.
Some of the moisture and energy from the system that passed through Wednesday will make a U-turn and head back west.
“This is a very rare occurrence,” said Simpson. “It will not be nearly as strong, so this does not mean severe weather returning. However, we will see some clouds return Friday night into Saturday and the chance for a few stray showers Saturday afternoon.”
Sunday also now will have more clouds and the chance for a few isolated afternoon showers. Most places will stay dry all weekend. The high Saturday is expected to reach 83.
Gradually, some humidity will return through the weekend as well and continue to do so early into next week. Highs will climb into the mid-80s Sunday and the upper 80s Monday and Tuesday. Those days will be partly sunny with a few scattered pop-up showers and thunderstorms in the afternoons.
All of this rain is setting a record so far this year, Simpson said, noting the highest mold count in fact is twice as high as any other day so far this year.