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People injured as Vandalia hit hard by strong winds


Strong wind gusts damaged several structures and injured people in the northern areas of Montgomery County.

Shortly before 2 a.m., Vandalia authorities said residents who live near areas hard hit by strong wind gusts were being evacuated to the Living Word Church on East National Road.

B Jay's Drive Thru on East National Road in Vandalia was completely destroyed by winds.

Shattered windows and other damages were reported nearby at the Fricker's restaurant on Foley Drive.

Vandalia authorities confirmed that multiple people were taken to the hospital from weather-related incidents.

Alerts were issued of emergency crews responding to the damaged buildings shortly before midnight.

It's unclear whether the damages were caused by straight line or tornadic winds.

The winds caused widespread power outages and overturned semi tractor trailers in three counties.

At 1:15 a.m., Dayton Power and Light and Duke Energy were reporting widespread power outages.

DP&L reported 6,261 in Montgomery; 1,328 in Miami; 622 in Logan; 200 in Darke; 49 in Champaign; 131 in Greene; and 67 in Preble.

Duke reported 569 in Warren; 8,346 in Hamilton; 4,108 in Clermont; and 735 in Butler.

The Ohio Highway Patrol and other emergency crews responded to an overturned semi tractor-trailer on Interstate 75 South in the Franklin area in Warren County.

In Miami County, a semi driver escaped injury when his rig was overturned on Ginghamsburg-Frederick Road in the Tipp City area.

In Clark County, a semi also overturned on U.S. 68 near Ohio 41.

In Springfield, the 3800 block of West National Road was blocked because of one or more downed trees.

A downed tree also blocked Maiden Lane and damages were reported around Snyder Park.

In Oakwood, several trees were knocked over as limbs and debris littered the roadways.

In Englewood, the roof was damaged and a flagpole was snapped in half at the Englewood Service Center where public works equipment is stored.

Late Thursday night The National Weather Service issued Tornado Warnings for Logan, Miami, Auglaize, Darke and Shelby counties.

Severe thunderstorm Warnings remained in effect for Southwest Ohio and the northern parts of the Miami Valley.

After midnight, the storm line was moving northeast into Central Ohio.

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said the main threat will be strong to damaging winds and wind gusts could be higher than 50 mph.

NWS issued a wind advisory for southwest Ohio which was set to expire at 3 a.m. Friday.

Top recorded wind gusts

Ran was steady and heavy at times from the afternoon into the early evening hours, but few weather-related problems were initially reported.

The steady rains reduced visibility and may have played a role in a crash that shut down Springboro Pike and West Alex Bell Road around 6 p.m.

Trees were reportedly blown onto roadways around 8 p.m. in the southern portion of Warren County.

Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson said reports of 60 mph wind gusts knocked trees down as the storms moved through Indiana.

"There will be no thunder and lightning in most places to give anyone an audible warning of what is coming, so strongest winds may sneak up on us," Simpson said.

Winds are expected to drop back down to 15 to 20 mph by 1 a.m.

Temperatures will rise into the mid 60s before dropping to about 50 by Friday morning.

Clouds give way to sun Friday morning then clouds return later in the day with breezy conditions and highs around 60.

Light, spotty showers may return Friday evening.

"There is the possibility some football games will see a little rain," Simpson said. "A few more showers are possible overnight into Saturday morning with mostly cloudy skies."

Saturday will be cool and breezy with some scattered showers with temperatures ranging from the low 40 to low 50s.

Sunday will start frosty with temperatures just above freezing then sun will rise temperatures to around 50 by the afternoon.

Monday is expected to be mostly sunny, with temperatures ranging from the mid 30s to the mid 50s.

Sun gives way to clouds with lows near 40 and highs near 60 Tuesday.
More rain is expected Wednesday.


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