Tuesday, September 2, 2003

Rain not letting up after flooding

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

A steady pounding of rain since mid-afternoon Monday caused minor flooding west of Cincinnati, and more rain is expected today, according to the National Weather Service.

A flood warning was issued in Hamilton County around 6:30 p.m. Monday, but there was no severe weather, said meteorologist Robin Gerhardt.

About 2 inches of rain fell Monday in most areas of the Tristate.

By 11 p.m., the rain grew scattered and began to taper off, but Greater Cincinnati should expect more of the same today.

"There's a 70 percent chance of more showers and thunderstorms," Gerhardt said. The temperature will reach a high in the mid-70s, she said.

About 19,000 Cinergy customers lost power Monday, but most lights weren't out long

About 1,800 of those still did not have power late Monday. They were primarily in Hamilton County, mostly in the Norwood area, said Steve Brash, Cinergy spokesman.

Lightning was to blame in most cases.

"We would hope to have them all back on (Monday night)," Brash said.

A few customers might still be without power today, but they should have power restored in the morning, he said.

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