Thursday’s gusty winds a reminder that storm season is here

(Courtesy Paster Dan L., near Cardington)

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–Ohio’s Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week continues through Saturday, March 26, which provides an opportunity for everyone to be sure they have a plan at work and home for severe weather warnings.

Powerful winds accompanied the passage of a line of rain and a few storms late Thursday, with gusts to nearly 50 mph. Fortunately, instability was relatively weak despite limited sunshine and temperatures soaring past 70 degrees.

Ohio experiences an average of 16 tornadoes annually, mostly relatively small, but 10 percent cause considerable damage, with the risk of injuries from flying debris, falling trees and collapsing structures.

Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security tested all 196 of the county’s tornado sirens during a statewide drill on Wednesday morning, March 23. Only one, in Groveport off Rohr Road, will require a maintenance check due to a transmission error.

Ohio’s peak tornado season is coming up–April through July–though spring tornadoes are historically more damaging due to greater potential wind speeds. Five tornadoes were reported northwest of Dayton on March 14, which is early for a tornado outbreak in Ohio, but also serves as a reminder that storms can strike at almost any time of the year.

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