FIRST ALERT: Tornado threat diminished, 60mph+ wind gusts possible

The severe weather threat will last into the early hours of Saturday morning.
Published: Mar. 31, 2023 at 5:36 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 31, 2023 at 9:49 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - The FOX19 NOW Weather Team has declared Friday and Saturday both First Alert Weather Days.

A tornado cannot be ruled out but the tornado threat has diminished significantly since Friday evening, but damaging straight-line wind gusts over 60mph remain possible as of 1:45 a.m.

More than 4,000 Duke Energy customers are without power, mostly around the Fairfield area. [Outage map]

Duke Energy spokesperson Sally Thelen says the high winds could complicate power restoration.

“If winds are over 30 miles per hour we’re not able to raise our bucket trucks,” Thelen said. “The buckets in the trucks are too dangerous to operate in winds like that. So we’ll be out doing some assessments, things we can do safely in those conditions.”

The rain will end Saturday morning as skies remain partly to mostly cloudy.

Total rainfall amounts will range between .5 to 1.5 inches.

A Wind Advisory will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Winds will be 25 to 35 mph with gusts ranging from 40-50 mph and up to 55 mph.

A High Wind Warning is in effect for Adams County, Ohio and Mason County, Kentucky until 6 p.m. Saturday.

Temperatures in the mid-50s late morning will fall into the 40s during the afternoon.

Threats of downed tree limbs and power outages are possible for the first half of the weekend.

Sunday will be quiet with sunshine after a chilly start in the low 30s.

Afternoon highs will reach the upper 50s.

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