Track severe storms in Columbus, Ohio | Watches and warnings

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Central Ohio was no longer under a tornado watch Saturday evening as the threat of severe weather faded.

The majority of rain and storms that form will weaken and will continue to fall after sunset.

The first storm began moving in just after noon and triggered tornado warnings in several counties in north-central Ohio. This severe weather is now heading across the northeastern part of the state.

Confirmed tornadoes were spotted in Hardin, Marion, Richland and Ashland counties, according to the National Weather Service. The tornado in Hardin County has been confirmed as an EF1. Surveys will be conducted later to review the damage and details.

By 9pm, the skies will begin to clear and the serious threat we face will end.

Credit: Odot

A camera from ODOT in Marion County shows storm clouds rolling in during severe weather Saturday afternoon.

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Credit: WBNS-10TV

I look forward

Sunday morning will start out cold and dry with temperatures in the 60s.

Sunday will be hotter and more humid, with a slight chance of rain late in the day. Our next system will quickly sweep Sunday night into Monday morning. This will set up Monday as the next day when we will keep a close eye on the possibility of heavy rain. This will move through the day on Monday and set us up for some nice weather heading into the middle of the week.

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Differences between watches and warnings

He watches
The watch indicates the potential for severe weather over a relatively wide area. For example, a hurricane watch means that conditions are ripe for tornadoes to develop. Perform your usual routines, but watch out for threatening weather.

A warning is issued when severe weather actually occurs. For example, a tornado warning means that a tornado has already been sighted or indicated by radar. The warning usually covers a relatively small geographic area. If a warning is issued for the area where you live, take shelter immediately!

Hurricanes aren’t the only reason to stay alert

Strong wind
Strong winds of 55 mph or more can cause significant damage even though there is no hurricane. “Downbursts” are columns of air that collide with the ground and spread strong winds in many directions. Downbursts can be just as damaging as tornadoes. If these conditions exist, take the same precautions you would in a tornado.

Lightning claims more lives each year than tornadoes. When lightning poses a threat, stay indoors and do not use electrical devices. If you’re stuck outside, keep a safe distance from tall objects, and try to stay lower than anything nearby. The safe distance from the tree is twice its height.

Take the cover

The storms that produce tornadoes in Ohio often approach from the southwest. They can travel at speeds of up to 70 mph and have winds estimated at over 200 mph.

Sometimes, the sound of an approaching tornado sounds like the roar of a train or plane. If you see or hear a tornado, take cover immediately. Seek shelter indoors, preferably below ground level. Don’t waste time opening windows; Hurricane winds will “open” the windows well before the pressure difference can cause any structural damage. Above all, protect your head and lie flat.

at home
Stay away from windows, doors and external walls. Go downstairs. If you don’t have a basement, go to a bathroom, closet, or room on the first floor in the center of the house. If possible, get under heavy furniture and cover your head with blankets or pillows.

At school
Go to the basement or basement. Go into small interior rooms or corridors. Stay away from windows and avoid halls, gyms and other areas with wide surfaces.

In public buildings
Immediately move to the designated shelter area, the inner hallway, or the small room downstairs. Stay away from windows. Do not use elevators. Don’t go to your car.

During tornado drills or actual tornado warnings, remember DUCK

D – Go down to the lowest level and stay away from windows
U – Grab something (such as a basement drawer, a heavy table, or a desk)
C- Cover your head
K – Stay in the shelter until the storm passes

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