Tornado watch issued for parts of Ohio late Tuesday, early Wednesday

The National Weather Service in Wilmington issued a tornado watch late Tuesday for parts of western Ohio as a strong storm system began to enter the region.

The watch remains in effect until 6 a.m. and includes Ohio counties of Brown, Clark, Darke, Highland, Montgomery, Warren, Butler, Clermont, Greene, Logan Preble, Champaign, Clinton, Hamilton, Miami and Shelby.

The NWS amended its forecast for Franklin County, saying there’s an 80% chance storms should reach the Columbus area by 1 a.m. Wednesday. Earlier forecasts anticipated storms would begin by 10-11 p.m. Some of the storms could be severe.

Expect low temperatures around 59 and southwest winds between 15 to 18 mph and gusts as high as 30 mph.

Franklin County has canceled the scheduled tornado siren warning test in anticipation of the predicted severe weather.

A Columbus resident takes a rainy walk through Schiller Park November 30, 2020.

Here are some resources and frequently asked questions for weathering the storm.

How can I check for power outages during the storm?

AEP Ohio maintains an online map with power outages in the area.

Columbus Division of Power maintains its own outage map. If your address is included on the map, there’s no need to report an outage at your location. The city is already aware.

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