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Storms dampen heat wave, cause power outages

This afternoon’s showers and thunderstorms have passed, but scattered power outages followed the storms and hundreds continue to be in the dark.

At 11 p.m., Dayton Power and Light reports only 2 customers were without power in Montgomery County, down from hundreds earlier; and 13, down from more than 600, were still out in Warren County. With total outages at 837, Duke Energy reports 232 of their customers were out in Butler County and 172 Duke customers were out in Warren County.

The rain helped end this week’s heat wave, as the excessive heat warning for Montgomery County and the advisory for other counties were canceled around 6 p.m. Friday.

A cool down is expected Saturday as a front moves through the region behind a line of thunderstorms.

Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson said storms should hold off until the afternoon for areas south of Interstate 70.

That means a “lawn mowing opportunity is definitely there for the southern half of the area,” Simspon said.

“Looks like a few showers or thunderstorms may arrive in Mercer, Auglaize and Logan counties around sunrise, then the line of showers and storms slowly drift south through the day,” he said. “If we see some sun and warm up enough, the storms in the afternoon could become strong to severe with damaging winds the primary threat.”

Heavy rain is also possible Saturday with a high of 86.

A chance for a stray shower exists Saturday night, but conditions will be dry until Sunday overnight, Simspon said.

Sunday’s humidity will be comparatively low with a high temperature of 84.

Temperatures will continue to drop into Monday, with a high of 81 expected as well as clouds, showers and thunderstorms.

Simpson said chances exist for more showers and storms Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the mid-80s.

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