UPDATED: Storms, ‘likely tornado’ cause damage throughout Clinton County


By Nathan Kraatz - [email protected]



Large trees were downed on State Route 730.


Barry Adams photo

A house was damaged by a falling tree on Ogden Road.


Jonda Towner photo

Felled trees blocked State Route 730.


Tina Wells photo

Trees were downed at this property on McGuinn Road.


Tina Wells photo

“Road Closed” signs were common throughout Southwest Ohio, including at Ogden and Beechgrove roads.


Amber Kwiatkowski photo

The a limb from a tree that fell on the Satterfield home on US 22 came right through the roof and into a kitchen cabinet.


Tom Barr photos

This tree toppled onto a house on US 22 near Price Drive, damaging an outdoor spa and crashing through the roof and into the house.


Tom Barr photos

Sam Sharpe’s barn on State Route 134 can be seen on the left. On the far right is a displaced grain bin.


David Wright | For The News Journal

Grain bins were among the wreckage caused by Thursday morning’s storm.


David Wright | For The News Journal

Sam Sharpe, of Martinsville, lost grain bins and a barn in the storm Wednesday night. The grain bins blew several hundred feet through a nearby field on State Route 134.


David Wright | For The News Journal

The Pennewitt family farm was damaged by the storm. Among their losses were a donkey barn, dog houses and multiple trees.


David Wright | For The News Journal

The Thursday morning storm brought down trees and power lines in front of the ODOT garage on State Route 68.


David Wright | For The News Journal

Like many other roads throughout the county, Cuba Road was blocked by fallen trees south of Wilmington.


David Wright | For The News Journal

Trees were down along State Route 730 near Roberts Arena and other places.


Nathan Kraatz | Wilmington News Journal

A garage and its attached home on McGuinn road were damaged. No one was hurt, but items within the garage were damaged, including a truck and an antique motorcycle.


Nathan Kraatz | Wilmington News Journal

WILMINGTON — Severe thunderstorms, high winds and “most likely” a tornado took out power lines, knocked down tree limbs and damaged property early Thursday morning.

Ron Morris, who, along with his wife, recently purchased a home on McGuinn Road, said his phone woke him up, he heard a loud commotion and, a couple of minutes later, “we had a drive through” instead of a garage.

No one was hurt and the home is insured, Morris said, but several items were damaged in addition to the home itself, including an antique motorcycle and a truck, among others.

The wall between the garage and the home’s kitchen was one of the only items holding up what was left of the garage.

Morris said they had made only one payment so far on the house.

“I think we lost between a third and a half of our house last night,” Morris said he told his boss. The roof, some supports, walls and part of the interior were damaged.

A flash flood watch is still in effect in Clinton County until 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

“Several clusters of strong to severe thunderstorms with torrential rainfall rates will continue to move across the watch area this morning and possibly again this afternoon,” the NWS warned, adding that it’s possible to have two to three inches of rain in a very short amount of time.

“Those living near small creeks and streams, which respond quickly to heavy rain, need to monitor rainfall and stream levels. Those traveling are encouraged to be alert for water over road … and turn around if water is indeed flowing over the road,” stated NWS.

The NWS also warned people to avoid low-lying areas and use caution when approaching highway dips and underpasses.

More than 2,000 customers were without power, according to Dayton Power & Light’s power outage map this morning, and many Clinton County residents were without power in the early morning. Nearby Fayette and Warren Counties were also hard hit with outages, and Debbie Carity, a spokesperson for DP&L, said 22,000 customers were without power in all of the 24 counties in its service area.

A DP&L status update said 12 80-foot transmission poles were down in the area.

At one point last night, the NWS in Wilmington tweeted that it was “highly likely” that a tornado was on the ground and crossing into Clinton County. The storm was northwest of Cowan Lake State Park.

As of Thursday morning, the NWS was still investigating as to whether the weather included a tornado, according to Myron Padgett, who said radar indicated possible tornado rotation. The highest wind speed recorded in Clinton County was 61 mph at the Wilmington Air Park, Padgett said.

Reach Nathan Kraatz at 937-382-2574, ext. 2510 or on Twitter @NathanKraatz.

Large trees were downed on State Route 730.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Barry-Adams-1.jpgLarge trees were downed on State Route 730. Barry Adams photo

A house was damaged by a falling tree on Ogden Road.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Ogden-Road-by-Jonda-Towner-1.jpgA house was damaged by a falling tree on Ogden Road. Jonda Towner photo

Felled trees blocked State Route 730.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Tina-Wells-730-1.jpgFelled trees blocked State Route 730. Tina Wells photo

Trees were downed at this property on McGuinn Road.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Tina-Wells-McGuinn-2-1.jpgTrees were downed at this property on McGuinn Road. Tina Wells photo

“Road Closed” signs were common throughout Southwest Ohio, including at Ogden and Beechgrove roads.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Amber-Ogden-Road.jpg“Road Closed” signs were common throughout Southwest Ohio, including at Ogden and Beechgrove roads. Amber Kwiatkowski photo

http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Price-Dr-back-yard-Tom.jpgTom Barr photos

The a limb from a tree that fell on the Satterfield home on US 22 came right through the roof and into a kitchen cabinet.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Satterfields-kitchen-Tom.jpgThe a limb from a tree that fell on the Satterfield home on US 22 came right through the roof and into a kitchen cabinet. Tom Barr photos

This tree toppled onto a house on US 22 near Price Drive, damaging an outdoor spa and crashing through the roof and into the house.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Satterfields-Tom.jpgThis tree toppled onto a house on US 22 near Price Drive, damaging an outdoor spa and crashing through the roof and into the house. Tom Barr photos

http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_IMG_8236.jpgDavid Wright | For The News Journal

Sam Sharpe’s barn on State Route 134 can be seen on the left. On the far right is a displaced grain bin.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_IMG_8237.jpgSam Sharpe’s barn on State Route 134 can be seen on the left. On the far right is a displaced grain bin. David Wright | For The News Journal

Grain bins were among the wreckage caused by Thursday morning’s storm.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_IMG_8233.jpgGrain bins were among the wreckage caused by Thursday morning’s storm. David Wright | For The News Journal

Sam Sharpe, of Martinsville, lost grain bins and a barn in the storm Wednesday night. The grain bins blew several hundred feet through a nearby field on State Route 134.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_IMG_8232.jpgSam Sharpe, of Martinsville, lost grain bins and a barn in the storm Wednesday night. The grain bins blew several hundred feet through a nearby field on State Route 134. David Wright | For The News Journal

The Pennewitt family farm was damaged by the storm. Among their losses were a donkey barn, dog houses and multiple trees.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_IMG_8228.jpgThe Pennewitt family farm was damaged by the storm. Among their losses were a donkey barn, dog houses and multiple trees. David Wright | For The News Journal

The Thursday morning storm brought down trees and power lines in front of the ODOT garage on State Route 68.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_IMG_8221.jpgThe Thursday morning storm brought down trees and power lines in front of the ODOT garage on State Route 68. David Wright | For The News Journal

Like many other roads throughout the county, Cuba Road was blocked by fallen trees south of Wilmington.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_IMG_8212.jpgLike many other roads throughout the county, Cuba Road was blocked by fallen trees south of Wilmington. David Wright | For The News Journal

Trees were down along State Route 730 near Roberts Arena and other places.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_DSC_0437.jpgTrees were down along State Route 730 near Roberts Arena and other places. Nathan Kraatz | Wilmington News Journal

A garage and its attached home on McGuinn road were damaged. No one was hurt, but items within the garage were damaged, including a truck and an antique motorcycle.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_DSC_0469.jpgA garage and its attached home on McGuinn road were damaged. No one was hurt, but items within the garage were damaged, including a truck and an antique motorcycle. Nathan Kraatz | Wilmington News Journal

By Nathan Kraatz

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