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3 tornado touchdowns confirmed in Mercer County

UPDATE @ 1:57 p.m. (Nov. 6):

A third tornado touchdown has been confirmed near Wabash in Mercer County.  The third touchdown was an EF-2 tornado with maximum winds of 120 mph and a path length of 8 miles, according to the National Weather Service.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

UPDATE @ 12:15 p.m. (Nov. 6)

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-2 tornado in Celina Sunday, according to preliminary reports.

UPDATE @ 12 p.m. (Nov. 6)

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-2 tornado near St. Anthony in Mercer County caused devastating damage Sunday afternoon.

EF0...wind speeds 65 to 85 mph. 

EF1...wind speeds 86 to 110 mph. 

EF2...wind speeds 111 to 135 mph. 

EF3...wind speeds 136 to 165 mph. 

EF4...wind speeds 166 to 200 mph. 

EF5...wind speeds greater than 200 mph

More detailed information will be released later today.. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said Burville Road south of Ohio 29 remains closed, as well as parts of Mud Pike Road in Celina.

He said many farms and turkey barns were destroyed. Farmers in the area are bringing out their equipment to help their neighbors in need, Grey said.

Celina Mayor Jeff Hazel said Grand Lake and Havemann roads in Celina also remain shut.

Power is restored to about 90 percent of the city. A total of 40 businesses are without power.

EARLIER REPORT

A storm survey is scheduled for Monday morning and will reveal more details about the severe storms that made their way through Wabash and Celina.

The survey will focus on supercell thunderstorms that moved through the county, according to the weather service.

Late Sunday, Celina Mayor Jeffrey Hazel declared a State of Emergency for the city.

>> PHOTOS: Storms, tornado touchdown in Miami Valley

Of the two suspected tornadoes, the strongest hit the east end of Celina’s business district. The National Weather Service said preliminary reports indicate a EF-1 tornado caused the damage.

Final results from the survey are expected later Monday, with officials saying the study may move east into Western Auglaize County.

>> RELATED: ‘Significant’ damage, injuries, reported from Mercer County tornado

>> RELATED: Power outages remain after Sunday storms

>> RELATED: Mercer County farmers work to rescue nearly 400 cows from destroyed barn

>> RELATED: Celina schools closed Monday following storms, tornado

Hurricane Nate downgraded to tropical storm, continues path on land

UPDATE @ 5:10 p.m. (Oct. 8)

Tropical Storm Nate continues to move north through as tropical storm and surge warnings for Southeast Louisiana and South Mississippi were canceled Sunday morning.

Natenever reached the Category 2 level forecasters expected, according to the National Weather Service, and began weakening overnight.

Social media posts from those living in parts of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi showed flooding and storm surges, but nothing near the destruction originally expected.

While the storm lost strength quickly, the National Weather Service reports Nate earned the distinction of the fastest moving Hurricane the Gulf of Mexico has ever seen.

UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m. (Oct. 7)

Hurricane Nate made landfall at the mouth of the Mississippi River as a Category 1 storm with winds of 85 mph.

The National Hurricane Center said that Nate is expected to make a second landfall along the Mississippi coast later tonight. Evacuations have been ordered along the central Gulf Coast.

UPDATE @ 6:20 p.m. (Oct. 7)

Hurricane Nate is expected to strengthen into a Category 2 hurricane at landfall tonight along the northern Gulf coast, the National Hurricane Center reported.

The storm’s top sustained winds were 90 mph as of earlier today.

Some oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico are being shut down as the hurricane churns toward the U.S. mainland, the Associated Press reported. About one-fifth of U.S. oil is produced in the Gulf.

UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m. (Oct. 6)

The National Hurricane Center reported late Friday that Nate is now a hurricane with maximum winds estimated at 75 mph.

UPDATE @ 1:10 p.m. (Oct. 6) 

Tropical Storm Nate is pulling away from the Honduras coastline and moving closer to the Yucatan Peninsula, according to the Friday update from the National Hurricane Center.

>> Fall color increases across the Miami Valley

Nate will bring heavy rain, damaging winds, storm surge and life threatening flash flooding to the Yucatan Peninsula region later today.

>> WHIO Interactive Radar

The storm will move north into the Gulf of Mexico early Saturday, then is expected to intensify to a hurricane before making landfall near New Orleans late Saturday or Sunday. Direct impacts will also be damaging winds, heavy rain, and significant storm surge.

The Miami Valley is expected see the remnants of this storm late Sunday night into Monday as it tracks to the south. The greatest threats locally will be heavy rain and gusty winds. 

EARLIER REPORT

A tropical depression that developed off the coast of Costa Rica has strengthened to become Tropical Storm Nate, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

The National Hurricane Center is expecting Nate to directly impact Nicaragua and Honduras today. Rain could exceed 20 inches in Nicaragua with as much as a foot possible near Honduras and eventually the Yucatan Peninsula. 

Tropical storm force winds extend 60 miles out from the center of the storm. Strengthening is possible as the storm moves north through the Gulf. Heavy rain, strong winds and dangerous storm surge will be possible up to the northern Gulf Coast, but specific placement and impacts are yet to be determined.

>> WHIO Interactive Radar

A long range track does show the left over moisture/the remnants from Nate bringing an increased chance for rain to the start of next week here in the Miami Valley. This could change as well.

Will this year’s wild weather impact fall color?

The changing color of fall foliage is one of the best parts about fall weather in Ohio.

RELATED: Track the latest conditions on Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Different types of trees show different colors like the bright reds from oaks, the yellows from the birch trees, or the beautiful mixes that buckeye trees reveal.

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Ohio Department of Natural Resources forester Casey Burdick said this year will be another great one for fall colors and weather can play a roll in how early leaves reveal their true color.

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This year, according to Burdick, the wet weather in late spring and early summer created stress in some urban trees and along the edges of woodlands, so early color can be seen there. The true trigger though for full fall color though is the shorter days and longer nights. 

"To get the best color we need that sap to thicken up so it needs to cool off a little bit so the tree can prepare, as the day shorten that's really the trigger that causes fall color to start," said Burdick. 

The loss of sunlight causes a chemical breakdown in the leaf breaking down the green chlorophyll and allowing the reds, yellows, oranges and purples to show. Peak fall color is expected in the Miami Valley towards the end of the third full week of October. 

J.J. Watt’s Harvey fundraising pushes past $20 million

J.J. Watt’s rush to continue raising money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the historic flooding in and around Houston that followed the Aug. 25-30 storm broke the $20 million mark, as his online crowdfunding site pushed past that threshold about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to USA Today.

>> George Strait, Beyonce, others to hold Hurricane Harvey relief concert

Watt pledged $100,000 to the Red Cross fund when he started it with the goal of raising $200,000.

>> Read more trending news

“It’s such a testament to the people out there," Watt said Sunday after donations of $1 million from Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk, $1 million from Walmart, $200,000 from hip-hop artist Drake and $50,000 from NBA star Chris Paul.

Watt, an all-pro defensive end for the Houston Texans, said Sunday when the total raised was at $17 million. “It’s such a testament to how much good there is in the world.’’

>> Complete Harvey coverage from the Austin American-Statesman

Many NFL owners and players have pledged money to Harvey victims, including Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who has committed $1 million.

Sandra Bullock donates $1M to American Red Cross for Harvey relief

Actress Sandra Bullock has given $1 million to the American Red Cross’s Harvey Relief Fund, People magazine reports

>> Complete Harvey coverage on Statesman.com

The “The Proposal” and “Minions” star, who owns a home in Austin, Texas, told the magazine that her decision was made in an attempt to bring people together. 

>> Hurricane Harvey: Celebs pledge help to those affected by storms

“I’m just grateful I can do it,” she told People. “We all have to do our part...There are no politics in eight feet of water. There are human beings in eight feet of water.”

>> Harvey makes second landfall in Louisiana (live updates)

Bullock is just one of many celebrities who have donated their time or money for Tropical Storm Harvey relief. Among others, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has started a fundraiser that has raised more than $5 million since Sunday, and comedian Kevin Hart said he will donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross, and urged his celebrity friends to do the same. 

>> Read more trending news

Tropical Storm Harvey has dumped more than 50 inches of rain over Houston and its surrounding areas, the greatest amount of rainfall ever recorded in the 48 contiguous states from one storm. As of early Wednesday morning, 19 people were confirmed dead as a result of the storm. 

Winter blizzard 2017: How much snow will Boston get? The forecast has changed

The snow, freezing rain and sleet that began in the Mid-Atlantic region on Monday and moved toward New England early Tuesday has delivered on the promise of miserable conditions, slick roads and power outages, but a slight change in forecast is changing estimated snow accumulation for some.

According to Fox 25.com and the National Weather Service, the storm is tacking closer than expected to the Northeast coast, shifting the heaviest precipitation inland, west of the Interstate 95 corridor.

This shift will likely cut the expected amounts of snowfall accumulation in the Boston metro area. Western Massachusetts, however, can expect significant snow by Tuesday afternoon. Forecasters say that anything from 1-4 inches an hour is possible there.

However, revised snow accumulation estimates are not near the 24 inches forecast for Boston on Monday. The newest forecast calls for 8-12 inches of snow in the metro area.

According to the NWS, “Near the I-95 corridor from Boston to Washington D.C., sleet, freezing rain, even some rain is possible before changing back to snow and ending from south to north.”

The storm, coming days before the official start of spring, closed schools, business and led to hundreds of flights being canceled at Logan International Airport.

While the storm is setting up to intensify, forecasters are saying that warmer air is also being pulled into the system and will lead to a wintry mix along the coast and east of the I-95 corridor instead of a steady snowfall.

Overall in the region, more than 5,000 flights have been canceled and power is out to more than 100,000 customers from Virginia to Pennsylvania.

>>WATCH: FOX25 is live all day with the latest forecast

>> School closings

>> Hour-by-hour radar: What time does snow arrive in your town?

>> Emergency phone numbers and links

Lightning strike destroys Prius on highway

A man driving down an Oklahoma highway got the shock of his life.

His car was struck by lightning on the Will Rogers Turnpike in Catoosa, Oklahoma, the Claremore Daily Progress reported.

>> Read more trending stories  

The strike ended up destroying the 2016 Toyota Prius.

Posted by Claremore Daily Progress on Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fire officials responded to a call of an ambulance request. When they got there, they found smoke coming from beneath the hood of the hybrid car. 

The vehicle then caught fire. The car's passengers said there had been a loud noise and that lightning had hit their vehicle. The driver maintained control, but officials said he was shaken up after the lightning strike.

Kirstie Alley criticizes President Obama for response to Louisiana floods

Actress Kirstie Alley set Twitter ablaze on Friday with statements criticizing President Barack Obama's responses to the recent flood crisis in Louisiana.

"On a golf course in Martha’s Vineyard instead of in Louisiana?" she tweeted, along with a Fox News video clip of Obama taking a jab at President George W. Bush for his response to Hurricane Katrina in 2008.

Alley, who has voiced support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, entered a heated debate with social media users, saying the president should have "slipped in" to Louisiana or scheduled an "on-air plea."

A Twitter firestorm of people voicing their stances on Alley's statement ensued immediately after.

>> Read more trending stories  

"Do you really think POTUS can 'slip into' a city? You're smarter than that," one Twitter user responded.

Social media users also quickly jumped in to compare and contrast the 43rd and 44th presidents' responses to both natural disasters. Alley seemed to backtrack when she criticized Bush's response to Katrina as well.

"I thought Bush waited too long also! I was in Katrina on day 5 & I'm just a gorgeous actress. THEY needed HELP! I didn't need an invitation,” she tweeted.

The White House said Friday that Obama plans to travel to Baton Rouge on Tuesday.

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