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September 14, 2008
Remnants of Hurricane Ike

The remnants of Hurricane Ike merged with a frontal boundary across the lower Ohio Valley Sunday morning. Due to the very low pressure of this system, the pressure gradient to the south and east of the surface low remained very tight as it raced into northwest Ohio through Sunday evening. This led to widespread damaging winds across much of the Ohio Valley, with gusts in excess of 70 mph reported. These severe winds persisted for several hours which resulted in much more widespread damage than typical severe thunderstorm winds, which usually last a matter of minutes.

The heaviest damage occurred roughly along a corridor extending along and just north of the Ohio River through Indiana and Kentucky, and along and just north of the I-71 corridor into central Ohio. The Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton metro areas were all strongly impacted. Damage to trees and structures across this corridor was widespread and there were numerous injuries. Damage on either side of this corridor was less severe and was mostly limited to large tree branches and a few power lines being blown down.

Widespread power outages affected more than 1 million customers, and numerous roads and highways were blocked or closed due to debris and fallen power lines. Total restoration of power took over a week in some locations. Three fatalities have been reported across the Cincinnati area, with one in central Ohio and two in southeast Indiana.
Highest measured wind gusts -- official observations:
75 mph -- Port Columbus International Airport (Franklin County, OH)
74 mph -- Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Int'l Airport (Boone County, KY)
74 mph -- Airborne Airpark, Wilmington, OH (Clinton County, OH)
69 mph -- Bolton Field (Franklin County, OH)
69 mph -- Rickenbacker Airport (Franklin County, OH)
68 mph -- Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport (Montgomery County, OH)
63 mph -- OSU Airport (Franklin County, OH)
61 mph -- Cincinnati Lunken Municipal Airport (Hamilton County, OH)
60 mph -- Dayton International Airport (Montgomery County, OH)
59 mph -- Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Greene County, OH)

Highest measured wind gusts -- unofficial observations:
84 mph -- West Chester, OH (Butler County)
78 mph -- Lebanon, OH (Warren County)
77 mph -- Wilmington, OH (Clinton County)
73 mph -- Anna, OH (Shelby County)
66 mph -- St. Mary's, OH (Auglaize County)
65 mph -- Baltimore, OH (Fairfield County)
65 mph -- Trenton, OH (Butler County)
63 mph -- Beavercreek, OH (Greene County)
61 mph -- Springfield, OH (Clark County)
60 mph -- Cleves, OH (Hamilton County
60 mph -- Sunman, IN (Ripley County)
58 mph -- Hamilton, OH (Butler County)
56 mph -- Cincinnati, OH (Hamilton County)
49 mph -- Greenville, OH (Darke County)

Timeline of NWS Products
Time Product
4:23 AM Wind Advisory issued through 9:00 PM.
10:56 AM Wind Advisory continues through 9:00 PM.
12:49 PM High Wind Warning issued for western half of CWA through 6:00 PM.
2:13 PM High Wind Warning issued for eastern half of CWA through 9:00 PM.
5:22 PM High Wind Warning continues until 6:00 PM (western half) and 9:00 PM (eastern half).
6:08 PM Wind Advisory continues through 9:00 PM (western half) and High Wind Warning continues through 9:00 PM (eastern half).
9:19 PM Wind Advisory and High Wind Warning allowed to expire.

Storm Reports:

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Map of storm report locations. Selected wind measurements (mph).

NOTE: Marker locations are approximate and are not accurate to street level
LOCAL STORM REPORTS:
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