Severe storms bypass Clark County

Severe thunderstorms swept through Southwest Ohio on Sunday, leaving reports of little damage in Clark County, according to the county emergency management agency.

Clark is was one of several counties in the southwest region , including Montgomery, Greene and Warren counties, that were under a tornado watch issued by the National Weather Service.

Clark County Emergency Management Agency opened its emergency operations center and was in contact with local fire, emergency and road crews through out the afternoon into the evening while monitoring the weather, said Lisa D’Allessandris, the county emergency management agency director.

The storms left a trail of destruction killing five in the Midwest, however, WHIO-TV chief meteorologist Jamie Simpson said they weakened as they got closer to Ohio.

“By the time the line got here, there was a decreasing threat of devastating tornadoes here,” he said.

There were no reports of major injuries or damages within Clark County, however WHIO reported a large tree was knocked down by high winds in an area near Parkridge Estates in Springfield. In Darke County, there were reports of down poles and lines and a barn roof was blown off.

Several thousand people lost power as a result of the storm including 2,063 in Darke, 5,052 in Shelby and 481 in Miami counties, according to WHIO reports.

Ohio Edison reported four people were without power in Clark County. The utility company has two meteorologist on staff and had been preparing for the storm since last week, said Tim Suter, an Ohio Edison area manager.

“We were able to set aside people and get crews ready in advance,” he said.

By 7 p.m., the storms had passed through the region with a cold front taking their place.

Simpson forecast a breezy, partly cloudy Monday with highs in the upper 40s. Tuesday and Wednesday likely will be sunny with highs in the mid-40s. Overnight lows for Tuesday and Wednesday will be hovering around 30 degrees.

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