Friday, November 10, 2000

Wind, rain unleash as air collides

Sirens blare, but damage not major

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Gusting winds and heavy rain triggered by colliding cold and warm air masses passed through the Tristate Thursday evening and made weather treacherous during the commute home.

        Severe thunderstorm and even tornado warnings were issued, but damage was scattered and no injuries were reported.

        Gusts up to 80 mphpreceded a line of thunderstorms, and forced a brief suspension of flights at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport shortly before 5 p.m.

        The storms hit downtown Cincinnati at 5:10 p.m., drenching roads, downing trees and power lines and causing backups along Interstates 71 and 75 as motorists navigated the downpour.

        Tornado watches and severe thunderstorm warnings triggered sirens in many areas. A funnel cloud was sighted in Sharonville, but authorities said no serious damage or injuries were reported.

        About 8,000 Cinergy customers were without power in areas near Kilby Road and Interstate 275 in western Hamilton County, where high winds snapped a pole holding up powerlines, said agency spokesman Dave Woodburn.

        Lightning also knocked out a transformer near Neeb Road in Delhi Township, cutting power to residents in the area. Woodlawn experienced outages, and in Milford about 2,400 customers lost power.

        By about 7:30 p.m. Cinergy crews had restored power to most areas.

        Winds also toppled a 100-foot radio tower at Felicity National Guard Armory.

        Thursday's storms were caused by a vigorous low-pressure system that moved north and collided with a cold front from the west.

        It created “a pretty good line of thunderstorms,” said Scott Homan, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc.,

       Reporters Kevin Aldridge, Chris Mayhew, Janice Morse, William A. Weathers and Earnest Winston contributed to this story.


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