DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – High winds blew through the Miami Valley and the Midwest in general on Wednesday, affecting holiday travel during one of the busiest travel days of the year.
Between 11:20 and 11:50 am, wind gusts up to 55 miles per hour were recorded in the Dayton area.
A High Wind Warning is in effect for Darke, Logan, Mercer, Miami, and Shelby Counties from 5 am to 9 pm. A Wind Advisory is in effect from Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Greene, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren counties from 5 am to 9 pm.
With the high winds, travel could be impacted including possible flight delays, tough driving conditions, power outages, and downed trees.
According to the National Weather Service, “driving in high winds could make driving high profile vehicles very difficult and sudden wind gusts can cause one to lose control of these vehicles.”
Insurance company Esurance provides safety tips on its website for driving in high winds, including:
- slowing down
- not stopping on bridges
- keeping both hands on the wheel
- avoiding trucks and buses
- keeping an eye out for downed power lines
- being aware of flying debris.
Gusts blew the roof off an unoccupied trailer home in Tipp City:
Power outages have been caused across the Miami Valley. Miami Valley North in Englewood was temporarily operating on a back-up generator due to outages in that area. The Greene County Sheriff’s Office told 2 NEWS trees are down across the county but there has not yet been any serious damage.
As of 8:40 pm, less than 800 people are still without power. Roughly 10,600 DP&L customers were impacted by an interruption in service.
Crews will continue to work through the night to make repairs, and some minor work may be done yet tomorrow.
View the live DP&L outage map below.
If you see a downed power line, you should assume that the line is still live and refrain from touching it, DP&L urges. Downed power lines should be reported to DP&L at 877-4OUTAGE. For more on downed power line safety from DP&L, click HERE.
Weather throughout the country, including high winds in the Miami Valley, could affect air travel. To check the status of a flight out of the Dayton International Airport, click HERE.
To find your full weather forecast, including what to expect on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, click HERE.
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