AUGLAIZE CO., Ohio (WDTN) - Severe thunderstorms rolled through the Miami Valley Wednesday evening, dropping heavy rain, high winds and causing a lot of damage.
The threat of severe storms is diminishing as the morning progresses, but now flooding is a concern.
Communities north of Interstate 70 saw the most powerful storms move through during the late evening hours Wednesday. Wind gusts were recorded were measured at 60 mph, but were forecasted as high as 70 to 80 mph in some areas. The Darke County Sheriff's office confirmed golf ball sized hail.
In Auglaize County, our crews found debris blown along Route 219 in Auglaize County and there is reported structural damage in the New Knoxville area.
Emergency management officials are surveying the damage checking the possibility of a tornado touchdown.
The wind toppled a semi truck on Route 33 near Wapakoneta.
A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 6:00 am for Butler, Clinton, Greene, Montgomery, Preble and Warren counties. All of the thunderstorm warnings have expired.
As of 2:00 am, Dayton Power and Light reports approximately 5,000 customers without power. Most are reported in Shelby County where nearly 4,600 outages are reported.
Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Jamie Jarosik says rain will continue to fall through the morning hours.
"We are looking at the possibility of flooding for the remainder of the night," said Jarosik. "It could be widespread across the Miami Valley, but our northern counties are at more risk of floods."
2 NEWS has crews across our northern counties to bring you storm damage reports beginning at 4:30 am on 2 NEWS Today.
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