Spring-like storm brings thunder, rain & high winds to county

Brad Gilbert, Emergency Management Agency  director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory:

A strong spring-like storm system will move into the Great Lakes this weekend bringing brief warm temperatures, rain, thunder, and a lot of wind.  Fortunately, the severe thunderstorm threat has moved well south of Ohio in the forecast models.  Rain, and some thunderstorms (non-severe), will move into the area Saturday afternoon.  The heaviest rain and best chance of thunder will be in the early evening hours.  As the storm system moves to our northeast, very strong sustained winds and gusts will move into the area for Sunday.  The NWS has issued a High Wind WATCH for Wood County from 4:00am Sunday until 1:00am Monday.  Winds will initially be from the east and then switch to come from the south as winds increase.  After the passage of a cold front, the winds will come from the west at 30-45 mph with gusts around 60 mph Sunday afternoon.  With gusts this strong, minor damage can start to occur and scattered power outages will be possible.