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No weather survey planned after funnel cloud spotted in Champaign and Logan counties 

UPDATE @ 8:53 a.m. (Aug. 1):

The National Weather Service said they have no plans at this time to conduct a storm survey in Champaign or Logan counties following Tuesday night’s tornado warning.

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The decision was made after the weather service spoke to local authorities who reported no damage from the storm, a spokesperson said.

There have been multiple reports of funnel clouds, but there have been no confirmed tornadoes. 

FIRST REPORT (July 31):

A tornado sighting in Urbana on Tuesday night, reported by Champaign County Sheriff Matthew Melvin, deputies and weather spotters, has yet to be confirmed, said National Weather Service forecasters in Wilmington. 

Viewers sent in photos of a funnel cloud reportedly near Grimes Field Airport on U.S. 68.

Reports of the suspected twister came to this newsroom just before 9 p.m., moments ahead of a weather service-issued tornado warning for Champaign County. That warning expired about 9 p.m. and was extended into Logan County until 9:30 p.m. 

>> SEE ALSO: The latest area weather report

There have been no reports of damage in Champaign County, according to sheriff's dispatch. 

The funnel cloud reportedly was seen first in the area of Muzzy Road, then reportedly took a northeasterly path toward the Settler's Ridge Apartments on state Route 29, over the airport and was last seen over the Ohio Caverns south and east of West Liberty, a sheriff's dispatcher said. 

A Logan County Sheriff's dispatcher said there were no reports of damage in that county. 

Jackson Nunamaker and a friend thought it would be fun to get in their vehicle and follow what he said was a tornado.

“We saw it touch and then shoot back up,” the 18-year-old Urbana resident told WHIO-TV’s Sean Cudahy.

>> PHOTOS: Images from our viewers of funnel cloud

Nunamaker said the funnel cloud took them along U.S. 68, onto North Ludlow Road and into West Liberty.

They rolled down their windows, he said, and shot video of the funnel cloud. Nunamaker said he has never seen one that big.

“It was fun but at the same time scary,” he said, noting the wind lifted their vehicle for a second.

A weather service meteorologist in Wilmington said they had no confirmation of a tornado and were not sure whether any investigators would be sent to Champaign County on Wednesday. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

Miami Twp. trustees purchase 800 tons of rock salt in July for the coming winter

Talk about planning for winter -- in July! 

The Miami Twp. trustees on Tuesday night approved spending $45,000 to purchase approximately 800 tons of rock salt for this winter. 

Why now, on July 24, you ask? 

Because the township is saving more than 50 percent by purchasing salt under last year's contract bid (less than $50 a ton) versus this year's contract, which list a bid of $90 a ton, Trustee President John Morris told WHIO-TV's Sean Cudahy. 

Bids for salt supply came in at twice last year's cost, Morris said, so township officials decided to dip into the township's road fund. 

READ: Flash flooding affecting local flights East

The township is sitting on a stockpile left over from last year, he said, so the township asked for and received an assist from the Montgomery County engineer's office. A crew brought in a conveyor to get the new shipment into the township's salt dome. 

"Its all in there and it's safe," Morris said. "It'll be there for winter, when we need it." 

All governments have to plan for the future, he said. 

"We're prepared for winter," Morris said. "We've got enough of a stockpile that if it's a typical winter, we'll get through the entire winter with what we have." 

If winter 2016-17 was any harbinger, Dayton received 7.2 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service, tying the lowest total at this point on the calendar (February 2017) in the last 15 years. 

But winter 2017-18 hinted at a La Nina, which promised a more active winter compared to years past.

READ ALSO: An estimated 2 to 7 inches fell across the region in March.

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Monsoon storms, haboobs cause train derailment, wreak havoc across Arizona

Parts of Arizona have been engulfed by monsoon weather this week, sending an apocalyptic-looking wall of dust across Phoenix.

The dust storm, called a haboob, limited visibility to near zero on Phoenix highways during the Monday commute, KSAZ reported

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The National Weather Service warned drivers it was “life-threatening” to travel, as dusts reached 50 to 70 mile an hour winds and temperatures topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

On Tuesday, a Union Pacific train derailed on the east side of Interstate 10, just north of Marana, Arizona. 

Authorities say the derailment was caused by heavy rain from a monsoon storm in southern Arizona. Northwest Fire District officials said about 20 cars went off the rails, the Arizona Republic reports.

No injuries have been reported.

What is a Strawberry Moon?

What is a Strawberry Moon?

How to take advantage of Florida's hurricane sales tax holiday

Hurricane season is here, and right now people in Florida can stock up on storm necessities without paying sales tax.

>> Watch the news report here

>> Florida’s 10 safest cities in a hurricane

Florida’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday runs through Thursday, June 7.

>> 5 things to know before hurricane season

Some of the qualifying items include: 

  • Reusable ice (selling for $10 or less)
  • Candles, flashlights, lanterns, and any portable self-powered light source powered by battery, solar, hand-crank or gas (selling for $20 or less)
  • Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers (selling for $30 or less)
  • Nonelectrical coolers and ice chests for food storage ($30 or less)
  • Bungee cords ($50 or less)
  • Ground anchor systems ($50 or less)
  • Radios (two-way or weather band) powered by battery, solar, or hand crank ($50 or less)
  • Ratchet straps ($50 or less)
  • Tarps ($50 or less)
  • Tie-down kits ($50 or less)
  • Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting ($50 or less)
  • Portable generators that can be used for light, communications, or to preserve food in the event of a power outage ($750 or less)

>> Hurricane evacuation: Helpful apps for finding gas, hotel rooms, traffic routes

Food and other canned goods are not included in the tax holiday.

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Click here to read the complete list of qualifying items and restrictions.

What is a Subtropical Storm?

What is a Subtropical Storm?

Subtropical Storm Alberto: Gov. Rick Scott declares state of emergency in Florida

Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 18-150 on Saturday, declaring a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties as the state continues to monitor and prepare for Subtropical Storm Alberto.

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By declaring this state of emergency, Scott's office said he is ensuring that state and local government has ample time, resources and flexibility to get prepared for this storm, WFTV reported.

What is a subtropical storm?

Scott said, “As we continue to monitor Subtropical Storm Alberto’s northward path toward Florida, it is critically important that all Florida counties have every available resource to keep families safe and prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding this storm will bring. Today, I have declared a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties to make sure that our state and local governments are able to coordinate with federal partners to get the resources they need. Yesterday, I directed the State Emergency Operations Center activate to Level 2 and I will continue to be in constant communication with state and local emergency management officials as this storm approaches Florida.

TALKING THE TROPICS WITH MIKE: Alberto forms near Yucatan Peninsula - stays west of Jacksonville - heavy rain for local area 

“If any Florida family doesn’t have an emergency preparedness plan, now is the time to act. Remember, the track of these storms can change without notice. Do not think that only areas in the cone will be impacted – everyone in our state must be prepared. I encourage every Floridian to visit FloridaDisaster.org and get your plan before this storm hits so you can keep your family safe. We will continue to provide updates to Florida’s residents and visitors and do everything to prepare for and respond to this storm.”

READ: Alberto to drench Memorial Day weekend plans

FOLLOW: Live WFTV weather radar

CONTACTS• The State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) contact number is 1-800-342-3557. • Follow @FLSert or @FLGovScott on Twitter for live updates.• Visit floridadisaster.org to find information on shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes. 

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5 hacks to keep your smartphone charged during a power outage

A smartphone can be a lifeline in a storm, but it's useless without power. Fortunately, there's never been more ways to keep a smartphone juiced up

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Here are some easy ways to keep your phone in the green if you lose power: 

1. Charge up every laptop in your home. If you lose power, turn a laptop on (but don't unlock the screen) and use your iPhone or Android cable to charge your phone via the USB ports. Most newer laptops can charge a smartphone multiple times. 

2. Keep your phone on "Low Power Mode." This setting will use far less juice. On an iPhone, go to "Settings," scroll down to "Battery" and turn on "Low Power Mode." On an Android, swipe down from the top menu and find the "Power Saving" icon. 

3. Use your car to charge your phone. Most newer cars have a USB port – or two. Even if your car is out of fuel, you can turn it on and charge it using the car battery. It's a last resort, but if you have a newer car battery, it will charge a phone multiple times easily.

4. Buy an external charger if you don't have one; most drug stores have them. Portable smartphone battery chargers are getting better and less expensive. Most drug store chains have them near the counter, but you will pay more for the convenience. But if you need one right now, that is a good place to look. 

Companies such as Anker and Aukey sell high-quality, high capacity chargers on Amazon. Consider buying one before the next storm. Some of the new one have capacities approaching 30,000 mAh, which is enough to charge an phone over five times. 

5. Still have power but want to charge a phone quickly without using a wall socket? Plug it into the USB port on your TV. Most newer TVs have one. 

Bread and milk: Why do we panic-buy those foods before a storm?

 

 

Whenever severe winter weather approaches, grocery store aisles are always clear of eggs, bread and milk.

But why is that the case?

>> Read more trending storiesThe CDC recommends bread as a no-cook food to stock ahead of a storm, but not perishables like milk and eggs. A power outage means those foods may not last until the storm passes.

The Atlantic reported that buying perishables may be a matter of psychology.

Duke University behavioral economist Dan Ariely said it’s a matter of seeing others doing something and feeling the need to join in. “If we go somewhere and we see other people buying those particular things, all of a sudden (we’re) even more interested in those (things),” he said.

“It’s like saying, ‘The storm will be over soon and I won’t be stuck in this situation for long,’” clinical psychologist Judy Rosenburg told HowStuffWorks.

So it may be fine to get bread, milk and eggs as long as you have enough non-perishable foods as well.

          

Family emergency supply kit must-haves

Emergency Supplies:

Water, food, and clean air are important things to have if an emergency happens. Each family or individual's kit should be customized to meet specific needs, such as medications and infant formula. It should also be customized to include important family documents..

Recommended Supplies to Include in a Basic Kit:

     
  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

Clothing and Bedding:

If you live in a cold weather climate, you must think about warmth. It is possible that the power will be out and you will not have heat. Rethink your clothing and bedding supplies to account for growing children and other family changes. One complete change of warm clothing and shoes per person, including:

     
  • A jacket or coat
  • Long pants
  • A long sleeve shirt
  • Sturdy shoes
  • A hat and gloves
  • A sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person

Below are some other items for your family to consider adding to its supply kit. Some of these items, especially those marked with a * can be dangerous, so please have an adult collect these supplies.

     
  • Emergency reference materials such as a first aid book or a print out of the information on www.ready.gov
  • Rain gear
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
  • Cash or traveler's checks, change
  • Paper towels
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Tent
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container*
  • Signal flare*
  • Paper, pencil
  • Personal hygiene items including feminine supplies
  • Disinfectant*
  • Household chlorine bleach* - You can use bleach as a disinfectant (diluted nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to treat water. Use 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Medicine dropper
  • Important Family Documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
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