DHI Staff Report
VAN WERT — Almost exactly a year after severe storms swept through the area, knocking down hundreds of trees and power poles, Van Wert and Allen counties are expecting another round of high winds and heavy rains later today.
“A potent system will develop to our west (Wednesday) afternoon and begin moving our way towards later afternoon into early evening,” said Rick McCoy, Emergency Management Director. “This will likely be a QLCS (Quasi Linear Convective System) producing bow echos (widespread damaging winds) and rotating storms with isolated tornadoes. Torrential rainfall is also likely with over two inches possible. The National Weather Service is advising that this will be a possible ‘High Impact Event’.”
McCoy told the Times Bulletin on Tuesday evening the storm is developing over such a wide area, it is highly unlikely that it will miss Van Wert County (or other counties inline with the storms) completely. Heavy rains should be expected but, much like the storm in June 2012, it is the winds that will cause the most damage. Damage last year was increased because of the full foliage on the trees, heightening the effects of the dangerous winds.
McCoy pointed out the most important item for area residents is to be prepared in the event of power outages, especially if the storm arrives after dark as expected.
People are encouraged listen for weather updates throughout the day and be mindful of warning sirens in the event of severe weather.
After the storm has passed, residents should be careful of downed power lines and trees in roadways and yards.