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EMA officials prep for severe weather threat

DP&L to have repair crews on call

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This image generated by The Weather Channel shows today’s potential for severe weather across the Midwest, Ohio Valley and Atlantic Coast. (WEATHER.COM)

Logan County Emergency Management officials are preparing for the possibility of an overnight severe weather event that could resemble storms that blew through one year ago this month.

Dayton Power and Light Co. plans to have crews on the ready in the event of widespread power outages, according to an e-mail from EMA Director Helen Norris to board members and the group responsible for staffing the local emergency operations center at EMA offices during periods of severe weather.

A line of scattered thunderstorms are forecast to blow southeastward through the region late tonight and into early Thursday morning, with the potential for flash floods, large hail and high winds, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington. The threat of severe weather builds throughout today, especially, “near and north of I-70.

“Any severe thunderstorms that occur will have the potential for damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes.”

Wind gusts could exceed 80 mph, with the potential to cause property damage similar to the mess left in the wake of thunder and windstorms June 29.

As of this morning, the storms were in eastern Iowa and are expected to move through northern and central Illinois and much of Indiana before reaching the Ohio valley and colliding with a stalled front extending northwestward from the mid-Atlantic coast.

“Hopefully, this won’t be as bad as it looks, but I wanted to make sure everyone is aware of the possibilities,” Mrs. Norris concluded.

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