Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
The Scioto County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is warning the surrounding area to be prepared for strong storms, with winds as high as 60-70 miles per hour, moving across the county this evening and into the night.
Citing forecasts by meteorologists from American Electric Power and the National Weather Service, Kim Carver of the Scioto EMA said strong storms are expected to arrive in western Ohio around 6 p.m. tonight. That system is expected to arrive in Scioto County and central parts of the state by 7 p.m., and continuing locally until about 11 p.m.
“That line of storms will move through here and will have gusts of 60 miles per hour and also potentially embedded in that will be a few tornadoes,” Carver said. “The nature of this particular storm system is they are very rapidly spun up storms and tornadoes. You just want to make sure you’re prepared even if you’re not in the warned areas because it could be in and around those areas.”
Now, she said, is a good time for people to charge their cell phones and check to be sure they have a fully-stocked emergency storm preparedness kit. Carver also advised residents to pay attention to weather alerts.
“We’ve already received anywhere between one to two inches of rain today, so they have issued an area flood advisory through early this evening for Scioto County because even though this latest shower activity will move off now, sporadic thunderstorm activity with heavy showers, and then the main line with very heavy rain fall will move through evening could bring some additional flooding issues,” Carver said. “Our poor drainage areas are going to take an impact, and folks driving around could not only face the potential of trees being downed and power outages, but also some minor flooding activity too.”
Many people already receive alerts on their smart phone, but she said those aren’t very helpful when you’re asleep. Instead she recommends every home should have a NOAA weather radio.
“It will only bother them with that aggravating tone that says ‘danger,’ when there is a warning issued for Scioto County, if they program it correctly. That should be in every home because a lot of times it’s in the late hours and the overnight hours when we get these wind storms,” Carver said.
These storms will be very fast-moving with a history of tornadoes, she said, and if you are outside when it arrives you should immediately seek shelter in a sturdy building.
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