Heavy rains pounded Lima early Wednesday afternoon, but the region looks as if it will miss the brunt of the storms heading across the Midwest.
The five-day forecast calls for sunny skies through Tuesday, with only Sunday providing a possibility of thunderstorms at 30 percent. Temperatures were expected to range from a high of 78 to 72 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Severe storms spawned tornadoes and hail Wednesday in Blair, Nebraska, 30 miles from Omaha. Woodhouse Auto Family dealership saw 4,300 vehicles damaged. Hoods were dented and windshields were shattered. Company officials told CNN Wednesday that damages were estimated at $162 million.
The storms were expected to move into the Ohio and Tennessee valleys later Wednesday night, officials with the National Weather Service said, with heavy rains predicted for Cincinnati.