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Severe Weather Headed To The Miami Valley

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Meteroelogists are warning of severe weather headed to the Miami Valley tonight. WYSO's Emily McCord reports that the system is part of powerful cold front that’s sweeping across the Midwest today.

The line of storms headed to the region tonight could pack heavy winds, in excess of 60 miles per hour. It could also bring damaging hail, heavy rain and the possibility of an isolated tornado. The fast moving storm is expected to arrive in the Miami Valley overnight, and Myron Padgett with the National Weather Service in Wilmington says it’s important to prepared.

"There’s not too often that we this strong of [an] indication that they’re coming through," says Padgett. "Those kind of winds can do some damage and any loose objects, you might want to secure those, and be prepared for some hail. Move anything inside that you feel needs protection. These storms move through quickly but they can do a lot of damage in a short period of time."

Padgett says having a weather radio on hand is also a good idea. He says it is possible that the front could spawn the unusual weather event called a derecho. That’s strong, organized storm that includes straight line winds that move quickly across a large swatch of area. Last year, a historic derecho knocked out power in the area, and was responsible for 13 deaths nationwide.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.