FIRST ALERT Weather: Record rainfall, water rescues in West Chester, Springdale

Published: May. 20, 2022 at 4:20 AM EDT|Updated: May. 20, 2022 at 9:46 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Record rainfall soaked Cincinnati Thursday and more heavy showers with thunderstorms rumbled across the Tri-State early Friday, flooding some roads and downing trees.

West Chester Fire Department rescued four people from an SUV stuck in about 4 inches of water at Beckett Ridge and Cross Bridge roads, a township spokeswoman said at 6:46 a.m.

“All are fine and the area is cleared,” the spokeswoman, Barb Wilson, said, issuing a reminder for motorists not to drive through high water.

Another water rescue occurred shortly after in neighboring Springdale, where dispatchers say a person was trapped in a vehicle stuck in 3 to 4 feet of water on Chesterwood Court.

Nearly two inches of rain, 1.82, was recorded at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, snapping the previous record set in 2020 when 1.57 inches fell, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Heavy rain crossed the region at about 5:20 a.m., followed by several reports of crashes.

In Clermont County’s Pierce Township, lightning struck a tree that took down a wire and utility pole, dispatchers say. No injuries were reported.

Once the rain and storms move out later this morning, the sun will return and summerlike heat and humidity will set in for most of the weekend.

Daytime highs will be in the mid-to-upper 80s with feel-like temps of 90.

A cold front Sunday will bring cooler highs in the 70s, but it will still feel sticky with high humidity most of the day.

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