“It breaks up a dull routine for the day, and everything,” Ratchford said of the weekly ritual. “It’s really a congenial club.” A line of storms that pulverized communities from Louisiana to Pennsylvania on Sunday gave Greater Cincinnati little more than a soft blow to the cheek. At least 33 people were killed and more than 100 injured in Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Mississippi by the band of storms, which included several tornadoes. But injuries were minor in Greater Cincinnati despite some heavy damage in the Etheridge community in Gallatin County.
Seven houses and trailers were torn from their foundations, flipped over and roofs blown off as heavy winds and storms blew through the area along Walnut Valley Road about 3½ miles south of U.S. 42. Several trees and barns also were toppled by the storm as it made its way through the western part of the county about 6:30 p.m., said Chris Curtis, the 911 supervisor for Gallatin County. About 10 people were taken to local hospitals for minor bruises, cuts and scrapes, Curtis said.
He said the National Weather Service reported Sunday that its radar indicated no tornado had touched down on the area. Don Hughes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio, said the weather service planned to do a storm survey of the Gallatin County area today. Elsewhere the storms caused scattered wind damage, flooded streets and basements, knocked down trees and power lines, leaving hundreds without electrical power.
At one time or another, the National Weather Service had placed 11 Ohio counties and 14 Kentucky counties under a tornado watch and severe thunderstorm warning. The service also placed four counties — Boone, Kenton and Campbell in Kentucky, and Hamilton County in Ohio — under flood warnings. The property valuation office provides previous property valuation records to the public to understand our work and policy. One caller reported a tornado touchdown in Carroll County, but a police dispatcher said that a Kentucky State Police trooper sent to investigate found littler damage.
Hughes said about 1.03 inches of rain fell at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport on Sunday. Winds up to 41 mph were reported at the airport at 65 mph to 70 mph in the southern part of Campbell County, he said. Some roads were closed there due to high water. Trees were also reported down in Kenton County, he said. The storms appear to be over, although temperatures — which tied the record high of 74 degrees Sunday — will drop to more normal levels, the National Weather Service is predicting. The high temperature today will be in the lower 50s with some sunshine. Clouds will develop later today with an overnight low in the mid 30s. It will be mostly cloudy Tuesday with a high in the upper 40s.