Storm winds down trees


By Gary Huffenberger - and David Wright



Three large trees in front of Wilmington College fell after high winds hit campus Monday afternoon.

Three large trees in front of Wilmington College fell after high winds hit campus Monday afternoon.


David Wright | Wilmington News Journal

This tree came crashing down in a Wilmington back yard.


Brandi Hoggatt photo

WILMINGTON — Monday’s storms brought pockets of damaging winds and a handful of wind damage reports.

Perhaps most notable: Emergency crews were called to I-71 on a report of a Ford Expedition SUV struck by lightning.

Emergency personnel were asked to provide mutual aid for a two-vehicle crash with injuries in Harlan Township, Warren County.

The Wilmington Fire Department responded to reports of downed power lines on U.S. 68. And a transformer reportedly caught fire in Clinton County.

Meteorologist Mike Kurz with the Wilmington office of the National Weather Service said based on reports of wind damage, it’s likely the wind gusted around 60 mph or even greater in the local area.

The officially measured wind gust reports included one of 50 mph recorded near New Vienna, and a 46 mph gust at the Wilmington Air Park when the storms went through, said Kurz.

As of late afternoon Monday, the air park had received 0.36 inch of rain for the day, he added.

While Tuesday holds a chance of rain, especially in the afternoon and early evening, Wednesday and Thursday were looking dry at the time of the interview, said Kurz.

The storm also left downed trees and wires in its wake in Highland County, though power outages were apparently few.

“Something came through here,” said a deputy. Tops of trees were shorn off, and a smaller tree was in the yard of a local residence, having fallen to the ground and then leaning on the side of the house.

Trees were also down along U.S. 62 itself near Dunlap Road, and there were reports of large limbs falling in Hillsboro.

The Associated Press reported that residents in the Ohio Valley were being urged to watch the skies throughout the remainder of Monday for multiple rounds of bad weather. Baseball-size hail was also possible, along with a few intense tornadoes.

Illinois and Indiana had a squall line go through Monday, and forecasters said additional storms could still hit the two states later in the day, along with other parts of the Corn Belt and western Kentucky.

Storms were expected to shift to the southern Appalachians and the Carolina coast Tuesday.

The Times-Gazette contributed to this report.

Three large trees in front of Wilmington College fell after high winds hit campus Monday afternoon.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/07/web1_fcroppedIMG_08602.jpgThree large trees in front of Wilmington College fell after high winds hit campus Monday afternoon. David Wright | Wilmington News Journal

This tree came crashing down in a Wilmington back yard.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/07/web1_Tree12.jpegThis tree came crashing down in a Wilmington back yard. Brandi Hoggatt photo

By Gary Huffenberger

and David Wright