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14 September 2008 Widespread Damaging Winds
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.
(Remnants of Hurricane Ike)
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
affecting more than 1 million people have been
reported, and numerous roads and highways were blocked
or closed due to debris and fallen power lines. Total restoration of power
will likely take a week or longer. Three fatalities have been reported across the Cincinnati area, one in central Ohio and
two in southeast Indiana.
Additional comments from Dr. Jay Hobgood of The Ohio State University.
A discussion of contributing upper air conditions.
** The National Weather Service would like to remind its customers of the
importance of owning a battery powered
NOAA Weather Radio. This will ensure you receive alarmed warnings
of impending hazardous weather, even if you lose power. You can buy receivers at
many retail outlets, including electronics, department, sporting goods, and boat
and marine accessory stores and their catalogs. They can also be purchased via
the Internet from online retailers or directly from manufacturers. **
of wind damage
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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
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:
||Wind Advisory issued through 9:00 PM.
||Wind Advisory continues through 9:00 PM.
||High Wind Warning issued for eastern half of CWA through 6:00 PM.
||High Wind Warning issued for western half of CWA through 9:00 PM.
||High Wind Warning continues for 6:00 PM (western half) and 9:00 PM (eastern half).
||Wind Advisory continues through 9:00 PM (western half) and High Wind Warning continues through 9:00 PM (eastern half).
||Wind Advisory and High Wind Warning allowed to expire.
A Historical Perspective on Wind Gusts.
FINAL SUMMARY OF STORM REPORTS:
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