The Lima region was turned into a swamp over the weekend with flooding rains, but escaped the tornadoes that knocked out power Saturday night in the Dayton area.
A tornado crossed the center of Troy and the Great Miami River before lifting on the northeast side of the city, the National Weather Service said. The twister was reported to be on the ground for three minutes.
Nearly 8,000 people were without power overnight with the most significant damage being in the Troy and Wilmington area. Winds ranged from 83 miles per hour to 46 mph at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Lima saw a near record of 1.67 inches of rain over the weekend, according to weather statistics furnished by AccuWeather as of 4 p.m. Sunday.
The heavy rains closed roads and left standing water. In Ottawa, the Blanchard River hit minor flood stage Sunday afternoon. A crest of 23.5 feet was expected by 7 p.m. Monday and should fall below flood stage around 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Likewise, the Ottawa River int Kalida was expected to peak at 16.3 feet late Sunday afternoon. That is nearly three feet below flood stage.
The Auglaize River at Fort Jennings entered minor flood stage early Sunday afternoon and was expected to peak at 13.4 feet late Sunday afternoon.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports several roads closed due to high water, or the threat of high water.
“We’ve got several small county roads up around Continental. We’ve got a couple down by Kalida, northwest of Ottawa and then northeast of Ottawa up between Ottawa and Leipsic,” said Dan Hoyt, dispatcher.
Friday did come close to setting a record with 1.09 inches of rain recorded in Lima. The record precipitation for Jan. 10 is 1.10 inches which occurred in 1950.
On Saturday, 0.58 inches of rain was recorded in Lima as 4 p.m. The record precipitation for Jan. 11 was 0.90 inches set in 1913.
The rain total from 4 p.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday was 0.83 inches. The record for Jan. 12 was 1.69 inches set in 2005.
For the month of January, Lima has received 2.84 inches of rain, nearly 2 inches of rain above the normal 1.01 inches of precipitation for Jan. 13.
Friday and Saturday saw Ottawa registering as the coldest place in Ohio. It dipped to 37 degrees Friday and 36 degrees Saturday in the Putnam County village. That seemed like a heat wave compared to West Yellowstone in Montana, the coldest place in the nation Friday with temperatures at minus-22 degrees, and Kabetogama, Minnesota, which had minus-36 temperatures.
The high temperature of 64 degrees on Saturday in Lima set a record for city on Jan. 11.