Microburst 80-90 mph


On Leeka Road in New Vienna, the side of this house was “strewn across the yard,” according to resident Adrianne Williams. No one was injured, including her dogs Oliver, Isabelle, Czar and Priscilla. Williams and her husband, Tyler Williams, were at work.

The roof of a mobile home was torn away by the storm, most of it winding up in a tree. On the other side of the tree lie parts of the house, including furniture. Resident Tracy Lopez said it was the rest of her living room.

A sinkhole claimed a portion of Ireland Road Friday after a torrential downpour. A washed-out culvert has resulted in part of Ireland Road being closed until further notice.

This ominous scene is what one motorist witnessed from the Blanchester area Friday evening.

Parts of Sugar Grove Cemetery in Wilmington flooded and the water of Lytle Creek rose several feet due to Friday’s torrential rain.

NEW VIENNA — Straight line winds, estimated at 80 to 90 mph, damaged several New Vienna area residences Friday afternoon, but injured no one.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kristen Cassady, from the NWS’ Wilmington office, said a storm survey conducted Saturday afternoon determined the wind event that struck New Vienna as well as the Leesburg and Samantha areas in Highland County was a microburst.

A microburst is a downdraft — sinking air — in a thunderstorm.

In addition to the wind event, the precipitation on Friday was a weather event of its own. At NWS offices in Wilmington, nearly 3½ inches of rain were recorded for Friday, Cassaday said. The precise figure is 3.47 inches.

Rain came down particularly hard from about 2 to 4 p.m. Friday when a “very strong” thunderstorm moved across Clinton County, marked by “torrential rain” in a relatively short period of time, said Cassady.

The heavy rainfall prompted the NWS to issue a flash flood warning at that point, she added.

Those who are tired of all the rain may have to put up with it a while longer. The NWS is expecting rain Tuesday, with the chance of rain decreasing Wednesday a little bit, said Cassady.

She said meteorologists here are expecting a “frontal boundary” to stall across the area from Thursday through “a good part of Saturday,” keeping rain chances alive.

“We wish we had a dry forecast for the Fourth of July, but we can’t rule out rain at this point,” Cassady said. “The details will be refined as we get closer to the time,” she said Monday.

As a result of the Friday storm, John Johnson, chief of the Clinton-Highland Joint Fire District in New Vienna, said three structures suffered major damage, several suffered minimal damage and many crops were damaged. While power was mostly restored, he said Dayton Power & Light was still working in some areas.

All roads were open, and people continued to clean up after the microburst.

“I think the community ought to be commended,” Johnson said. “There was a lot of volunteerism getting the roads opened up and making sure people were all right.”

Also, Ireland Road in Clinton County is closed, announced the Clinton County Engineer’s Office. The closure is due to a washed-away culvert between Cuba Road and State Route 134 in Washington Township.

There is no completion date available at this time for the culvert project.

The last address accessible from the south (Cuba Road) is 2222 Ireland Road; and the last address accessible from the north (SR 134) is 2049 Ireland Road, stated a news release from the engineer’s office.

Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768 or on Twitter @GHuffenberger. Reach Nathan Kraatz at 937-382-2574, ext.2510 or on Twitter @NathanKraatz.