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Severe storms moved through the Tri-State in the early hours of Wednesday morning, leaving behind a trail of damage that included over-turned semi-trucks, damaged buildings, and fallen trees.
The storms started to crop up around midnight. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings turned to Tornado Warnings for the entire Tri-state in the overnight hours. The storms moved through quickly, leaving the area by 3:30 a.m., but not before leaving their mark.
Much of the damage is located in Boone County. The National Weather Service reports that a possible tornado damage path includes structural damage to the I-75 Northbound rest area near Richwood. Two semi trucks on the northbound side and one on the southbound side were tossed on their sides. No one was injured. The northbound rest areas remains closed due to damage to service buildings.
About 200 people in the Deer Trace mobile home park in Walton took refuge at the Kroger on Mt. Zion Road as the storms passed through. Four mobile homes in the park were flipped off their foundations.
There was reported damage to the roof of the residence and a garage to a house in the 300 block of Maher Road. An unoccupied house in the 10,000 block of Dixie Highway sustained significant wind damage. A barn was blown across the road in the 11,000 block of Big Bone Road.
The National Weather Service was in Boone County on Wednesday to determine if a tornado did touch down, but officials say preliminary investigation shows that straight line winds of 80 to 120 miles per hour - not a tornado - caused all the damage in Boone County.
Walton residents say they saw a tornado.
"It was on the ground maybe two seconds then right back up in the air," said Jeff Robinson. "Came up towards this way, right back down on the ground again and you could hear the house behind me come off the foundation."
In Dayton, Ky., part of the roof of Hansman's Corner Market on Sixth Avenue, which is under repair, was blown on top of a car that was parked across the street.
Damage was also reported on the Ohio side of the river. A building partially collapsed on Walnut Street in Over the Rhine. The building was vacant and no one was injured.
In Amelia, high winds forced a shed from it's blocks and a couple of mobile homes were damage at the Holly Town Mobile Home Park.
Winds gusts of up to 72 miles per hour were reported during the storm, and several trees are down all over the area.
Duke Energy was reporting that 30,000 customers were without power at the peak of the storm, mostly in Kenton and Hamilton counties. The number was down to about 10,000 at 1:45 p.m.
The Butler County Sheriff's Office is monitoring several areas for potential flooding, including Warwick Road and Hogue Road in St. Clair Township, the Cedar Grove subdivision (just south of Sevenmile) also in St. Clair Township, and along State Route 177 (Thompson Park area) in Hanover Township. These areas are in close proximity to Four Mile Creek and Seven Mile Creek. Recent heavy rains and storms have contributed to the rise in water levels. If the rains continue, or more rain is received in areas to the north of these creeks, the threat of flooding is enhanced.
Several roads are also closed due to high water or downed trees. Click here for a list. As always, motorists should urge caution when approaching high water on the road.
There are a few school closings and delays due to the power outages. Click here for a list.
FOX19 Meteorologist Frank Marzullo says our threat for severe weather has now come to an end. However, flood watches and advisories remain in effect for some of the Tri-State.
We are now running five inches of precipitation above average for the year. The Ohio River will continue to rise to flood stage of 52 feet over the next 24 hours. Click here for the latest river levels.