Area at risk for more severe storms through early Wednesday
A wide swath of northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio hit Monday night and early Tuesday by severe weather, including a fatal tornado, faces a risk of more severe storms today, tonight and into early Wednesday.
The National Weather Service said the highest risk will occur after midnight today.
The storms have less of a tornado risk than the ones that moved through Monday night and early today, said Brentley Lothamer, weather specialist with the weather service’s northern Indiana office near Syracuse.
But a tornado “can’t be ruled out,” he said.
At a news conference this morning, Jeffrey Hazel, mayor of Celina, Ohio, confirmed one death, of an 81-year-old man, from a tornado reported overnight Monday. The man was killed when a vehicle came into his residence. Hazel said at least seven people were injured.
Today a slight risk exists from 1 to 6 p.m. for damaging winds, isolated large hail and localized heavy rainstorms in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, with the strongest chance east of Interstate 69, according to the weather service.
A marginal risk, with an 80 percent chance for similar conditions, exists after midnight for Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Lagrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties.
Allen, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Williams counties in Ohio face a slight risk after midnight.
The weather service this morning also issued a flood warning for the St. Marys River near Decatur and affecting Adams, Allen and Van Wert counties.
At 6 a.m. today, the river was 17.8 feet and rising, with minor flooding occurring. Flood stage is 17 feet. The river was expected to fall below flood stage by 4 p.m. today, according to the weather service.