NWS: No tornado, but winds were just as strong


By Tom Barr - tbarr@wnewsj.com



The Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District responded to a report of a tree down Thursday night, and the damaged structure shown in the 700 block of Pansy Road was discovered around 8 p.m. No one was home at the time; damage to the barn and house are extensive, said Chief Bob Wysong. He added that no injuries were reported in the fire district.

The Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District responded to a report of a tree down Thursday night, and the damaged structure shown in the 700 block of Pansy Road was discovered around 8 p.m. No one was home at the time; damage to the barn and house are extensive, said Chief Bob Wysong. He added that no injuries were reported in the fire district.


Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District

The Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District responded to a report of a tree down Thursday night, and the damaged structure shown in the 700 block of Pansy Road was discovered around 8 p.m. No one was home at the time; damage to the barn and house are extensive, said Chief Bob Wysong. He added that no injuries were reported in the fire district.


Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District

Utility lines were toppled along US 68 near Ahresty.


Megan Norris | Courtesy photo

Utility lines were toppled along US 68 near Ahresty.


Megan Norris | Courtesy photo

This ominous cloud formation was shot near Leesburg.


Roy Stephens | Courtesy photo

This damage is located along SR 72 just south of SR 729


Scott Sparks | Courtesy photo

This damage is located along SR 72 just south of SR 729


Scott Sparks | Courtesy photo

This used to be a large swingset.


Danielle Sears | Courtesy photo

On McCoy Road.


Kate Gastiger | Courtesy photo

Damage along Wilson Road.


Kim Knauff | Courtesy photo

Clearing debris from Cuba Road.


Lisha Wilson | Courtesy photo

Utility lines were toppled along US 68 near Ahresty.


Lisha Wilson | Courtesy photo

Utility lines were toppled along US 68 near Ahresty.


Lisha Wilson | Courtesy photo

Dark clouds roll in just before the heavy rain.


Brett Sanderson | Courtesy photo

Utility lines were toppled along US 68 near Ahresty.


Brett Sanderson | Courtesy photo

WILMINGTON — No tornadoes were on the ground, but Thursday night’s rotating storms in Clinton County produced downburst winds that were tornado-like in both their intensity and the damage caused, according to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington.

Meteorologist Chris Hogue told the News Journal Friday that multiple storms rolled through Clinton and surrounding counties that had the potential to form tornadoes. Based on radar data as well as damage reports, there were no tornadoes, but the storms produced winds equivalent to an F0 or F1 tornado.

Hogue said winds in the 60- to 70-mile per hour range were recorded at the Wilmington facility — until their wind sensor was knocked out.

Radar data showed that winds may have been higher in other parts of Clinton County.

“Straight-line winds can produce a lot of damage, especially to trees, shingles and siding, and barns, and there have been many reports of damage,” he said.

Lines downed

According to Dayton Power & Light (DP&L), the most damage in its service area occurred in Fayette and Clinton counties, and impacted nearly 15,000 customers.

“Over 30 transmission poles were impacted by the straight line winds,” said DP&L Director of Corporate Communications Mary Ann Kabel. “Crews have been out since last night working hard, and we hope that the individuals still without power will be restored (Friday). They are out replacing those poles.”

Kabel said that, at the outages’ peak, 2,545 Clinton County customers were without power. That number stood at around 1,000 at mid-afternoon Friday, by far the largest number in the counties served by DP&L.

Tax relief?

Temporary tax relief may be available to owners whose property was damaged by the storms, Clinton County Auditor Terry Habermehl announced Friday. For more details, please see the separate article in today’s News Journal.

The Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District responded to a report of a tree down Thursday night, and the damaged structure shown in the 700 block of Pansy Road was discovered around 8 p.m. No one was home at the time; damage to the barn and house are extensive, said Chief Bob Wysong. He added that no injuries were reported in the fire district.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_CWfield-5.jpgThe Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District responded to a report of a tree down Thursday night, and the damaged structure shown in the 700 block of Pansy Road was discovered around 8 p.m. No one was home at the time; damage to the barn and house are extensive, said Chief Bob Wysong. He added that no injuries were reported in the fire district. Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District

The Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District responded to a report of a tree down Thursday night, and the damaged structure shown in the 700 block of Pansy Road was discovered around 8 p.m. No one was home at the time; damage to the barn and house are extensive, said Chief Bob Wysong. He added that no injuries were reported in the fire district.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_CWbarn-5.jpgThe Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District responded to a report of a tree down Thursday night, and the damaged structure shown in the 700 block of Pansy Road was discovered around 8 p.m. No one was home at the time; damage to the barn and house are extensive, said Chief Bob Wysong. He added that no injuries were reported in the fire district. Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District

Utility lines were toppled along US 68 near Ahresty.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_megan-norris-1-4.jpgUtility lines were toppled along US 68 near Ahresty. Megan Norris | Courtesy photo

Utility lines were toppled along US 68 near Ahresty.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_megan-norris-2-4.jpgUtility lines were toppled along US 68 near Ahresty. Megan Norris | Courtesy photo

This ominous cloud formation was shot near Leesburg.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_roy-stephens-outside-leesburg-3.jpgThis ominous cloud formation was shot near Leesburg. Roy Stephens | Courtesy photo

This damage is located along SR 72 just south of SR 729
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_scott-sparks-1-3.jpgThis damage is located along SR 72 just south of SR 729 Scott Sparks | Courtesy photo

This damage is located along SR 72 just south of SR 729
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_scott-sparks-2-3.jpgThis damage is located along SR 72 just south of SR 729 Scott Sparks | Courtesy photo

This used to be a large swingset.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_daniielle-sears-swingset-3.jpgThis used to be a large swingset. Danielle Sears | Courtesy photo

On McCoy Road.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_kate-gastiger-McCoy-road-3.jpgOn McCoy Road. Kate Gastiger | Courtesy photo

Damage along Wilson Road.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_kim-knauff-middleton-farm-wilson-road-3.jpgDamage along Wilson Road. Kim Knauff | Courtesy photo

Clearing debris from Cuba Road.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_lisha-wilson-cuba-road-3.jpgClearing debris from Cuba Road. Lisha Wilson | Courtesy photo

Utility lines were toppled along US 68 near Ahresty.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_DSC_0069-3.jpgUtility lines were toppled along US 68 near Ahresty. Lisha Wilson | Courtesy photo

Utility lines were toppled along US 68 near Ahresty.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_DSC_0074-3.jpgUtility lines were toppled along US 68 near Ahresty. Lisha Wilson | Courtesy photo

Dark clouds roll in just before the heavy rain.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_brett-sanderson-3.jpgDark clouds roll in just before the heavy rain. Brett Sanderson | Courtesy photo

Utility lines were toppled along US 68 near Ahresty.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_DSC_0068-3.jpgUtility lines were toppled along US 68 near Ahresty. Brett Sanderson | Courtesy photo

By Tom Barr

tbarr@wnewsj.com