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February 5-6, 2008
Severe Weather and Flooding

A powerful storm system moved across the Ohio Valley February 5 and 6, producing widespread damage and flooding. As low pressure deepened over the Middle Mississippi Valley late Tuesday, a warm front lifted north and stalled across northern Ohio. This led to numerous rounds of showers and thunderstorms across much of the region, with the heaviest (4 to 7 inches) falling across west central and northwest Ohio. This led to widespread flooding across Mercer and Auglaize Counties where countless roads were closed and dozens of people were evacuated.

As the low moved eastward late Tuesday night, a cold front approached from the west, and a line of severe storms developed across the Mid-Mississippi and lower Ohio Valleys. This line quickly raced eastward and moved into parts of Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio after midnight. The airmass ahead of the line of storms was very warm and humid for February (record highs were set at Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus on Tuesday). This led to an unstable airmass, which combined with extreme low-level wind shear to sustain this line of storms as it moved across the Wilmington county warning area. Numerous reports of wind damage were received, with some of the heaviest damage focused across parts of south central Ohio and northern Kentucky.

Photos of the storms and damage.

Radar Loop Storm Total Precipitation


...DAMAGE SURVEY CONDUCTED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOR
STORMS OF FEBRUARY 6 2008...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON CONDUCTED DAMAGE SURVEYS
IN A NUMBER OF LOCATIONS ON THURSDAY. THESE SURVEYS WERE DONE ON
DAMAGE WHICH RESULTED FROM STORMS THAT OCCURRED DURING THE EARLY
MORNING HOURS ON FEBRUARY 6. INDICATIONS ARE THAT ALL STORM RELATED
DAMAGE IN THE WILMINGTON NWS FORECAST AREA WAS THE RESULT OF STRAIGHT
LINE WINDS.

BROWN COUNTY...

A DAMAGE LOCATION IN ABERDEEN WAS SURVEYED IN SOUTHEASTERN BROWN
COUNTY. DAMAGE OCCURRED TO A MOTEL...APARTMENT BUILDING AND CHURCH.
A NUMBER OF CARS ALSO HAD THEIR WINDOWS DAMAGED. IN
ADDITION...A NUMBER OF TREES WERE SNAPPED OFF OR BLOWN DOWN. THE
WINDS WITHI THE STORM IN THIS AREA WERE ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 80 TO
90 MPH.

IN AN AREA JUST EAST AND NORTHEAST OF FIVEMILE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT
OF DAMAGE OCCURRED TO FARM BUILDINGS...BARNS WERE BLOWN OVER AND
GRAIN SILOS WERE DESTROYED. A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF DAMAGE OCCURRED
TO SEVERAL HOUSES. ALSO TREES WERE UPROOTED. WINDS OF 80 TO ABOUT
100 MPH WERE ESTIMATED WITH THE STORMS IN THIS AREA.

ADAMS COUNTY...

DAMAGE IN THE CHERRY FORK AREA OF ADAMS COUNTY INCLUDED THE ROOF
BLOWN OFF A GYMNASIUM AND DAMAGE TO A NUMBER OF HOMES. SEVERAL BARNS
WERE DESTROYED OR DAMAGED AND A NUMBER OF TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN. THE
DAMAGE RESULTED FROM WINDS ESTIMATED AT ABOUT 80 TO 90 MPH.

DAMAGE IN THE MANCHESTER AREA OF ADAMS COUNTY INCLUDED TREES DOWN
AND A FEW MOBILE HOMES DAMAGED. THE DAMAGE RESULTED FROM WINDS
ESTIMATED AT ABOUT 70 TO 80 MPH.

CLERMONT COUNTY...

IN THE BETHEL AREA DAMAGE INCLUDED SEVERAL BARNS DESTROYED AND A
LARGE NUMBER OF TREES AND SOME POWER POLES DOWNED. A FEW OF THE TREES
FELL ON STRUCTURES. A 25 FOOT BLOCK WALL WAS BLOWN INTO A GROCERY
STORE...A PLATE GLASS WINDOW WAS BLOWN OUT...AND A PORCH WAS SEVERELY
DAMAGED. SOME OF THE DAMAGE RESULTED FROM WINDS ESTIMATED TO BE
AROUND 80 TO 100 MPH.


PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH 849 PM EST WED FEB 06 2008 ..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 1110 PM HEAVY RAIN NEW BREMEN 40.44N 84.38W 02/05/2008 M1.50 INCH AUGLAIZE OH AMATEUR RADIO ONE AND A HALF INCHES OF NEW RAIN WITHIN THE PAST HOUR. 1226 AM TSTM WND DMG 2 SE LIBERTY 39.61N 84.90W 02/06/2008 UNION IN LAW ENFORCEMENT DAMAGE TO A STRUCTURE ON SALEM ROAD SOUTH OF US 27. WINDOWS WERE BLOWN OUT...WITH TREE DAMAGE AS WELL. 1235 AM TSTM WND DMG 5 E LIBERTY 39.63N 84.83W 02/06/2008 UNION IN LAW ENFORCEMENT A ROOF WAS BLOWN OFF OF A HOUSE...AND A HOG BARN WAS BLOWN OFF ITS FOUNDATION. 1239 AM TSTM WND DMG FAIRHAVEN 39.64N 84.77W 02/06/2008 PREBLE OH LAW ENFORCEMENT TREES DOWN IN THE SOUTHWEST PART OF PREBLE COUNTY. 1243 AM TSTM WND DMG SUGAR VALLEY 39.69N 84.71W 02/06/2008 PREBLE OH LAW ENFORCEMENT ONE HOME WITH A ROOF RIPPED OFF ON SUGAR VALLEY ROAD. 1249 AM TSTM WND GST EATON 39.75N 84.63W 02/06/2008 M61.00 MPH PREBLE OH TRAINED SPOTTER 0100 AM TSTM WND DMG 2 N OXFORD 39.53N 84.75W 02/06/2008 BUTLER OH LAW ENFORCEMENT ONE TREE DOWNED. 0108 AM TSTM WND DMG 4 N DRY RIDGE 38.74N 84.60W 02/06/2008 GRANT KY BROADCAST MEDIA DEBRIS FROM A DAMAGED BUILDING WAS SCATTERED ACROSS US ROUTE 25 BETWEEN DRY RIDGE AND CRITTENDEN. NUMEROUS POWER POLES WERE ALSO DAMAGED AND ARE LEANING OR BROKEN. 0110 AM TSTM WND DMG 1 N DRY RIDGE 38.70N 84.60W 02/06/2008 GRANT KY BROADCAST MEDIA TWO BARNS WERE BLOWN DOWN ON BANNISTER ROAD. 0113 AM TSTM WND DMG DRY RIDGE 38.68N 84.60W 02/06/2008 GRANT KY BROADCAST MEDIA A HOUSE WAS BLOWN OFF ITS FOUNDATION AND ONTO RAILROAD TRACKS. NUMEROUS PASSENGER VEHICLES WERE ALSO DAMAGED. 0113 AM TSTM WND DMG DRY RIDGE 38.68N 84.60W 02/06/2008 GRANT KY LAW ENFORCEMENT NUMEROUS POWER POLES DOWN AROUND THE AREA. ON WARSAW ROAD...A BARN WAS BLOWN INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD. 0115 AM TSTM WND DMG SOMERVILLE 39.56N 84.64W 02/06/2008 BUTLER OH LAW ENFORCEMENT ONE TREE DOWNED. 0130 AM TSTM WND DMG FALMOUTH 38.67N 84.33W 02/06/2008 PENDLETON KY TRAINED SPOTTER NUMEROUS TREES DOWN...INCLUDING ONE THAT DAMAGED A VEHICLE. 0145 AM TSTM WND DMG MORROW 39.35N 84.13W 02/06/2008 WARREN OH LAW ENFORCEMENT ONE TREE DOWN. 0155 AM TSTM WND DMG 2 N RIPLEY 38.77N 83.84W 02/06/2008 BROWN OH LAW ENFORCEMENT A ROOF WAS DAMAGED ON US ROUTE 62/68. 0155 AM TSTM WND DMG SARDINIA 39.01N 83.81W 02/06/2008 BROWN OH LAW ENFORCEMENT TREES AND POWER POLES DOWN...WITH DAMAGE TO SOME PASSENGER VEHICLES. 0200 AM TSTM WND DMG MOUNT ORAB 39.03N 83.92W 02/06/2008 BROWN OH LAW ENFORCEMENT THREE BARNS WERE KNOCKED DOWN BY WINDS. ONE HOUSE WAS MOVED OFF ITS FOUNDATION. 0200 AM TSTM WND DMG ABERDEEN 38.67N 83.77W 02/06/2008 BROWN OH LAW ENFORCEMENT TWO ROOVES BLOWN OFF OF HOUSES. 0200 AM TSTM WND GST 1 ESE LEWISBURG 38.54N 83.74W 02/06/2008 M67.00 MPH MASON KY AWOS MEASURED AT THE FLEMING-MASON AIRPORT AUTOMATED WEATHER OBSERVING SENSOR. 0206 AM TSTM WND DMG 6 NNW NEW VIENNA 39.40N 83.73W 02/06/2008 CLINTON OH LAW ENFORCEMENT ONE TREE DOWNED. 0208 AM TSTM WND DMG 2 NW NEW VIENNA 39.35N 83.72W 02/06/2008 CLINTON OH LAW ENFORCEMENT ONE TREE DOWNED. 0210 AM TSTM WND DMG 5 WSW HILLSBORO 39.18N 83.70W 02/06/2008 HIGHLAND OH LAW ENFORCEMENT A TREE WAS BLOWN DOWN ONTO A HOUSE. 0212 AM TSTM WND DMG WEST UNION 38.79N 83.54W 02/06/2008 ADAMS OH LAW ENFORCEMENT TREES DOWN IN MANY LOCATIONS ACROSS ADAMS COUNTY. POWER OUTAGES REPORTED IN PEEBLES AND WINCHESTER. 0221 AM TSTM WND DMG ROCKY FORK LAKE 39.19N 83.47W 02/06/2008 HIGHLAND OH LAW ENFORCEMENT TREES AND POWER POLES UPROOTED. ONE TREE FELL ONTO A MOBILE HOME. 0234 AM TSTM WND DMG WILLIAMSPORT 39.58N 83.12W 02/06/2008 PICKAWAY OH PUBLIC THE ROOF OF A HOME WAS DAMAGED...WITH SIDING TORN OFF. A GARDEN BUILDING WAS DESTROYED. 0242 AM TSTM WND DMG MINFORD 38.86N 82.86W 02/06/2008 SCIOTO OH EMERGENCY MNGR TREES AND LARGE LIMBS DOWN COUNTYWIDE...WITH MORE THAN HALF A DOZEN TREES DOWNED ON STATE ROUTE 139 IN MINFORD. 0315 AM FLOOD WAPAKONETA 40.57N 84.19W 02/06/2008 AUGLAIZE OH EMERGENCY MNGR AUGLAIZE COUNTY EMA REPORTS THAT SIGNIFICANT FLOODING CONTINUES ACROSS THE COUNTY. SOME HOUSES ARE BEING INUNDATED BY WATER...AND EVACUATIONS/RESCUES ARE ONGOING IN WAPAKONETA AND ST MARYS TOWNSHIP. &&

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