This is turning out to be quite the January for strong thunderstorm activity. Above is a snapped power pole in Centerville OH. A widespread area from eastern Indiana and northern Kentucky across Ohio and into Western Pennsylvania saw wind gusts of 45-60 mph Thursday PM. Some of the winds were generated by fast-moving, low-topped thunderstorms and some gusts were general winds not associated with storms.
Here's Storm Reports for Thursday January 19.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was in effect for eastern Indiana, much of western and central Ohio and a small part of northern Kentucky. The watch included Fort Wayne IN, Columbus OH and Cincinnati OH. There were 27 reports of wind damage from thunderstorms, mostly across northern Ohio.
Dayton OH had a gust too 65 mph, Cleveland hit 63 mph. Montgomery OH a gust to 62 mph, Louisville had a gust to 58 mph, Frankfort recorded 56 mph and Lexington KY and Springfield OH reached 54 mph.. One person was killed and two injured, when a Denny’s sign fell on a moving car near Elizabethtown KY, Damage reported at Lyndon (tree on a car, Floyd’s Knob (downed tree hit power lines and started a fire), Campbellsville, St. Matthew’s, Corydon and Fern’s Creek.
Other wind gusts: 52 mph Shelbyville, 53 mph Alton and Bardstown, 55 mph Black Gnat.
Nickel-sized hail fell near Muncie IN with 3/4″ diameter hail at Lynn IN. Small hail was reported in Indiana at Knightstown, Whitestown, Whitehall and Cloverdale all in Indiana.
Temperatures reached the mid 50s to low 60s in Ohio as they get into the warm sector. While we had a day significantly warmer than average in West Michigan (low-mid 40s in G.R. was 10-15 degrees warmer than average), we didn’t get into the warm sector, so there were no severe storms in West Michigan.