By Frank Lewis
The skies got dark. The winds whipped up and the rains came Wednesday afternoon, but apparently most of Scioto County escaped any serious damage from the storm.
“There was some rotation that forecasters saw on the radar as that storm moved out of Cincinnati and into Brown, Adams and Scioto counties, and that rotation on radar strengthened so they opted to issue a tornado warning for a radar-indicated tornado for the southern half of Scioto County late this (Wednesday) morning and early afternoon,” Scioto County Emergency Management Agency Director Kim Carver said. “There has been no real confirmation of any sightings, but social media outlets reported that perhaps there was a sighting at Blue Creek which is just over the Scioto line at Adams County there off (Ohio) 125 and along the Ohio River from Shawnee Forest to Portsmouth. No touch downs were reported and no damage has been reported so far. Half inch hail was reported in Lewis County, Kentucky as the storm moved through the area. Rain fell at nearly a rate of 10 inches an hour when the system moved through providing torrential downpours posing issues in poor drainage areas.”
Carver said the National Weather Service chose to activate an alert to err on the side of safety.
“The fire departments that have the capability to use storm-warning tones set those off,” Carver said. “Shawnee State University campus likewise set their warning sirens off. So I think there was a pretty good knowledge that the storm system was on top of us and that it had the potential to be very dangerous. I think it was very good that people’s awareness level was very high for this event.”
Carver then cautioned that the event was not to be the last one for the day.
“The latest forecast from the Weather Center, and I’m on chat with them constantly, is that we can expect off and on storms throughout this afternoon and early this evening until this dynamic storm system moves east of the area here in the Ohio Valley,” Carver said.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.