Severe weather and possible flooding could hit county
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 4:48 AM
By Alex Woodring
OTTAWA -According to the National Weather Service, a possible wind storm could come across the Midwest and hit Putnum County early Thursday morning. The weather pattern could spawn severe windstorms with gusts as strong as 100 mph. The National Weather Service is also predicting possible flooding.
Though the National Weather Service has yet to call the storm a possible derecho, they have not ruled it out. Storms known as derechos can batter the central and notheastern U.S. as they sweep across the county. The winds can be at least 75 mph and last for hours in vast distances. It is possible for the storm to spawn tornadoes and other sever storms with hail the size of golf balls.
June 29, 2012, Northwest Ohio was hit by a derecho. The storm caused prolonged power outages and damage.
The National Weather Service is also predicting the possibility of moderate flooding along the Blanchard River on Thursday and Friday.
As of Wednesday morning, the prediction for Ottawa is a crest of 23.5 feet at 8 p.m. Friday. This crest is over the minor flooding stage in Ottawa. This can result in lowland flooding in south Ottawa and any land along the river.