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Severe Weather Warning Issued for Central Ohio Tonight


Residents in Central Ohio should be prepared for severe weather tonight as the latest forecast indicates an increased risk of thunderstorms, some of which could be severe.

Here’s a summary of the potential threats:

  • Timing: The primary window for severe weather is between 9pm tonight and 6am tomorrow morning.
  • Threats:
    • Large hail: Up to baseball-sized hail is possible, posing a danger to property and individuals caught outdoors.
    • Damaging winds: Winds gusting up to 70 mph could cause damage to trees, power lines, and structures.
    • Tornadoes: While the risk is relatively low, a few tornadoes are possible, and even a strong tornado cannot be ruled out. This is a serious threat to life and property.
    • Flash flooding: If multiple rounds of thunderstorms occur over the same areas, flash flooding becomes a possibility. Be aware of low-lying areas and potential flooding risks.

Residents are urged to take the following precautions:

  • Stay informed: Monitor the latest weather updates from trusted sources like the National Weather Service (NWS) or local news outlets.
  • Have a plan: Prepare a severe weather plan for your family, including where to seek shelter and how to communicate with each other.
  • Assemble an emergency kit: This should include essentials like non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, a battery-powered radio, and flashlights.
  • Charge your devices: Ensure your electronic devices are charged in case of power outages.
  • Be prepared to seek shelter: If a tornado warning is issued for your area, immediately seek shelter in a designated storm shelter or the lowest level of a sturdy building away from windows and exterior walls.

Remember, safety is paramount. By staying informed and taking the necessary precautions, you can help minimize the risks associated with this severe weather event.