Another large cluster of powerful storms with frequent lightning and torrential rain developed over northwestern Ohio early Friday afternoon and will move south into the Columbus area by early his evening. The storms are moving southeast at 20 mph.
Storms last night dumped locally more than four inches of rain between Bexley and Whitehall, causing localized flooding in low-lying areas. A wind gust of 60 mph was reported at Port Columbus late in the afternoon in a strong cell that had triggered a warning between 4:15 and 4:45 p.m.
Very high humidity for early September is supplying storms with lots of fuel, and the tall storms are capable of producing cloud-to-ground lightning strokes that are always potentially dangerous.
The only safe place as a storm approaches is inside, either your home, workplace or vehicle (not touching windows or doors). Never drive through flooded roadways. If you cannot see the road surface, the water is deep enough to float a car (one to two feet) or stall out an engine.