Wednesday, July 05, 2000

Flash floods, possible tornado punctuate holiday

Clermont, Brown counties take hardest punches

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Tristate's hot, humid weather turned ugly and potentially dangerous Tuesday, with a reported tornado touchdown in Brown County, flooded roads in Clermont County and scattered power outages.

        “A big batch of pretty potent thunderstorms” dumped up to 3 inches of rain on some spots of Clermont County in less than an hour, said Laura Hannon, a meteorologist for AccuWeather Inc., a forecasting service in State College, Pa.

        Tornado warnings were issued for Brown County and Mason County in Northern Kentucky after forecasters spotted rotating winds on radar, Ms. Hannon said.

        Although a tornado was reported to have touched down in Brown County near New Hope at 7:26 p.m., no damage was reported, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio.

        In Clermont County, a flash-flood warning was in effect until 11 p.m. Some roads were temporarily closed because of high water but were reopened by 10:30 p.m.

        High winds were a problem in Adams County, where downed trees were reported.

        Winds also were partly to blame for power outages in more than a dozen local communities.

        Areas affected in Kentucky included Florence, Union, Walton, Bromley, Hebron and Villa Hills. Ohio areas included Mason, Pisgah, West Chester Township and Mount Orab in Brown County. About 700-800 customers were affected in these communities, but all had their power restored by 10:30 p.m.

        Another 500 customers in Clermont and Brown counties were without power late Tuesday due to wind and lightning damage. Those customers were expected to have their power back by 6 a.m. today.

        The storms topped off what already was a miserable day, weather-wise.

        Tuesday's high of 87 degrees felt more like 97 because of the high relative humidity, forecasters said.

        But brief relief is coming.

        “The humidity is going to taper off during the end of the week, but then it will increase again on Sunday,” Ms. Hannon said.

        Today's forecast calls for a high of 84 under partly sunny skies, with the chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Thursday is expected to be sunny with a high of 86. Friday's outlook is partly sunny with a high of 90. Each day, the low is predicted to be 68.

        Tom O'Neill contributed to this report.


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