Storm clouds are seen over Lebanon around 3:30 p.m. today, July 23, 2013. BRIAN BAILEY/CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Storms bring hail, winds and rain to region

Certain areas were hit hard by winds and flash flooding today as thunderstorms moved through Southwest Ohio.

About 1,000 Dayton Power and Light customers lost power because of the storms, according to Tom Tatham, DP&L spokesman.

Most of those outages occurred in Preble and western Montgomery counties.

At 9:50 p.m., DP&L crews were working to restore power this evening to about 300 customers, mostly in the Brookville area, Tatham said.

A flash flood warning expired at 8 p.m. for southern Butler County.

Trees were downed there in the Sommerville, Seven Mile area, according to weather spotter reports through the National Weather Service.

Golf ball-sized hail was reported at 4:20 p.m. in Reilly and Ross townships in Butler County, according to NWS.

Trees were also downed in the southeastern part of Warren County. The National Weather Service says quarter-size hail was reported in the Morrow area.

Marble-sized hail was seen in Springfield as the same line of storms moved through Clark County.

At 2 p.m. there were reports of large tree limbs and power lines down south of Richmond, Ind. as a line of storms approached the Indiana-Ohio border.

Tonight skies are clear as the humidity drops and cooler air moves in.

“The next three days will be the coolest starts in a string of three consecutive days for the first time in over a month,” said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson.

Lows will dip to around 60 degrees by daybreak Wednesday.

“Tomorrow morning will be only our second start below 60 degrees this month, which speaks to the humid stretch we’ve had,” Simpson said.

Clouds will give way to more afternoon sun and highs will be in the mid to upper 70s.

Thursday should be very sunny and even cooler to start, in the mid-50s. Afternoon highs will be near 80.

Friday will feature some clouds and one last start in the 50s, around 58 degrees.

Saturday is the next wet day with showers and thunderstorms on the way, but they may hold off until afternoon or later in the day. With a bit more humidity and highs in the low 80s we may need to watch for some strong or severe storms late-day and evening.

A few showers may linger Sunday morning, but it looks like it will dry out for the afternoon. Highs Sunday will be in the upper 70s.

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