By Melody Vallieu
Miami Valley Today
MIAMI VALLEY — High winds over an extended period of time on Sunday caused downed trees, power outages and minor structural damage around the Miami Valley.
According to the Wilmington National Weather Service in Wilmington, a very strong low pressure system tracked through the Great Lakes region, creating an unusually-strong wind field, both at the surface and in the low levels of the atmosphere throughout the region. A line of storms developed within the dry slot of the system during the morning and early afternoon, helping translate some of the gusty winds down to the ground. Numerous gusts of 50-60-plus mph were observed, with widespread tree and powerline damage, especially north of the Ohio River. Any structural damage was mainly minor in nature. In the Miami Valley, winds in the 50-60 mph range kicked up beginning after 10 a.m. Sunday. Meteorologist Kristen Cassady said the wind surges continued for four to six hours throughout the morning and early afternoon in the area. Cassady said the highest wind report was at the Dayton Airport with a wind gust that measured 66 mph.
“There were quite a few reports of widespread trees down in every county in the Miami Valley,” said Cassady, who said downed trees were also reported in Miami. County specifically. “It was pretty widespread. Because of the nature of the system, the winds were pretty much occurring everywhere.”
Cassady said there were also widespread power outages reported throughout the Miami Valley.
In Dayton, a 63-year-old woman died after being struck by a fallen tree.
Beyond a breezy Thursday, with winds expected at 20-30 mph, Cassady said the weather will continue to get better moving toward the weekend, when a warm up is expected.
“It’s going to be a very quiet weather week ahead,” Cassady said.