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2018 Hurricane Names

2018 Hurricane Names

Lyrid meteor shower 2018: 8 stunning photos of the celestial display

This year's Lyrid meteor shower reached its peak this weekend, and photographers flocked to social media to share some stunning snapshots of the celestial display.

See the images below:

>> MORE: Lyrid meteor shower 2018: When, where and how to watch | More trending news 

Oklahoma earthquake: 4.3-magnitude temblor rattles state

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 shook Oklahoma this morning, according to the United States Geological Survey.

>> Watch the news report here

According to KOKI, the earthquake, which struck about 5:30 a.m. CDT Monday, was centered in Perry. Rumbles were felt in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Coweta, Coffeyville, Moskogee and Bartlesville.

KOKI employees felt intense shaking at the studio during the quake, and several viewers called and posted about the shaking.

>> Please visit for the latest on this developing story

Will a hurricane be named after you this season? 2018 storm names are here

Hurricane season doesn’t start until June 1, but if you’re on the list of 2018 storm names, you may want to prepare for the possibility that a hurricane with your name on it may form up this year.

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Tropical cyclones get monikers based on their basin and names that are familiar in the region. There is a six-year rotating list, with 2018’s names a repeat of 2012.

BREAKING: Above average season forecast for 2018

Hurricane names are selected by the World Meteorological Organization and are usually common names associated with the ethnicity of the basin that would be affected by the storms.

“For example, in the Atlantic basin, the majority of storms have English names, but there are also a number of Hispanic-origin names as well as a few French names,” said National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen during an interview about 2015’s Hurricane Henri. “For the eastern North Pacific basin, the majority of names are of Hispanic origin, as the impacted countries are Mexico, Guatemala, and other nations of Central America.”

Everything you need to know about the hurricane season is on The Palm Beach Post’s Storm 2018 page. 

There are six lists in rotation, which are maintained and updated by the World Meteorological Organization.

A name can be removed from the list if a storm hits and is particularly deadly or costly.

For example, there will not be another Hurricane Andrew, after the devastating 1992 Category 5 storm. And the 2004 and 2005 seasons saw a whole slew of names retired from the list including, Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan and Wilma.

Hurricane Joaquin is also off the list. Hurricanes Matthew and Otto were replaced with Martin and Owen after the 2016 season.

Hurricane season runs June 1 through the end of November.

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TORNADO UPDATE: NWS details damage in Clark, Greene counties


Five sheep were killed in the EF1 tornado that touched down near Xenia on Tuesday afternoon, National Weather Service investigators said. 

The finding was included in the public statement based on their survey of damage to more than 25 properties as the result of the tornado, with 95-mph winds, that hit about 4:45 p.m. 

NWS investigators said the first confirmed damage area was in the 1000 block of Ludlow Road in Beavercreek Twp., where there was wall damage and roof was taken off a large barn and a collapsed silo occurred at a second barn. There was roof and chimney on a residence on the property. Numerous hardwood and softwood trees were damaged as well.

>> PHOTOS: Strong storms, winds wreak havoc on the Miami Valley

Several properties farther east along Ludlow Road were damaged. The most significant damage occurred in the 800 block, where more than 30 percent of one home’s roof was torn off and multiple windows were broken. 

Additional, significant barn and tree damage occurred on the property. 

In the 700 to 500 block of Ludlow, several homes had roof damage. Barns had significant damage.  

RELATED: Tornadoes also hit Madison, Franklin counties

The tornado continued east, in the 2400 North Block of U.S. 68. Minor damage was done to a home, mainly siding and roof damage as well as a collapsed chimney and a destroyed fence. A large camper was rolled over and the roof was lifted off a brick outbuilding. 

Farther east along Clifton Road, in the 700 and 800 block, barns and homes had roof and porch damage. Significant roof and siding damage was present on the residences of two homes in the 2400 block of Clifton Road.

“A sheep farm in this area did experience the loss of five sheep,” weather service investigators said. 

>> WATCH: Videos, photos from Tuesday’s record-breaking storms

The northern most extent of confirmed tornado damage was along state Route 72 and Clifton Road. They reported widespread tree and roof damage along Wilberforce-Clifton Road and 72, south of Clifton, all in the same north-northeast direction. 

“While the wind damage was significant in this area, estimated to be as high as 80 mph, this damage was more consistent with straight line wind damage," investigators said.


National Weather Service investigators released details about the EF1 tornado that touched down 3 miles west and northwest of Selma and southwest of South Charleston, in Clark County. 

The tornado hit during a three-minute period (4:56 to 4:59 p.m.), cutting a path of 4.3 miles and packing 90-mph winds. There were no injuries. 

Investigators said the first visual sign of tornadic damage was observed on Cortsville Road, where a barn was destroyed and a large hardwood tree was knocked down. 

>> LISTEN: 911 calls released from Tuesday’s tornadoes

“Damage continued to the east-northeast, particularly at the McDorman Farm on Selma Pike where multiple buildings were damaged. A significant portion of the roof of one building was lifted off and blown into an adjacent field. On another building, multiple sides had siding removed and sustained some roof damage. Exterior walls on multiple sides of a large barn were also damaged. 

“It is possible that the tornado briefly lifted beyond this property, although additional tornadic damage was observed as far east as Clifton Road. Shutters were removed and lifted from multiple sides of a two-story home. One tree was also downed nearby. 

“An eyewitness report confirmed the presence of a tornado in this vicinity. The tornado is believed to have ended shortly after as no additional damage was observed further east along Clifton Road and within South Charleston.”

“It has been determined that the tornadic damage in this vicinity is separate and independent from the tornadic damage further southwest in parts of Greene County, Ohio,” NWS officials said in their Public Information Statement. 


National Weather Service investigators plan to conduct storm damage surveys this morning to confirm whether a tornado touched down Tuesday in northern Greene and possibly into southeastern Clark counties.

“Based on radar evidence and damage reported, it is believed that a tornado was responsible for damage in northern Greene County, possibly extending into southeastern Clark County,” the National Weather Service said in a statement.

The NWS will look at radar evidence, and consider photos, videos and storm reports from the public and first responders to determine what caused the damage. 

“They look at how the damage is thrown about when they are on the survey site,” said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. “If trees are snapped in random directions, a tornado likely caused the damage. If trees or damage looked to be knocked over in one direction, then straight line winds are more likely to blame.”

No injuries were reported.

>> SEVERE WEATHER: Tornado or straight line winds?

Xenia and Beavercreek townships, Greene County

Severe storms Tuesday afternoon caused significant damage in Xenia Twp. and Beavercreek Twp. There was significant damage to trees, barns and other buildings from Ludlow Road to Clifton Road in the area of U.S. 68 and Ohio 235. 

>> RELATED: STORM DAMAGE: Significant amount reported in Xenia, Beavercreek townships

South Charleston, Clark County

A barn was destroyed on Cortsville Road, leaving debris scattered. An adjacent barn was left standing.

Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett said her office received reports of a funnel cloud near South Charleston shortly after 5 p.m. Trees were reported down.

>> RELATED: NWS investigators to survey South Charleston area to confirm tornado report

“It was southwest of the village,” said Chris Clark, Madison Twp. Fire and EMS Chief. “It was moving east. There was obvious and significant rotation in it, however I couldn’t see the base because of the vantage point. I can’t say it was on the ground but it was a rather large funnel cloud.”

>> High water prompts calls for rescues, forces several local roads to close

>> Storms leave flooded residences, downed trees, scattered debris

Flood Warnings continue for multiple area counties

UPDATE @ 1:25 a.m.: National Weather Service investigators on Wednesday will survey damage in northern Greene and southeastern Clark counties, looking to confirm reports of a tornado touchdown on Tuesday afternoon.

MORE: Damage reports as storms pound area

Flood Warning is in effect until 7:00 a.m. Wednesday for eastern Butler, Clark, Greene, Warren, northwest Clinton and until 6:45 a.m. for western Champaign, Darke, western Logan, Miami, Montgomery, eastern Preble, and Shelby counties. 

Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 2 a.m. Wednesday for Butler, Clark, Clinton, Greene, Montgomery, Preble, Warren, Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer, Miami and Shelby  counties.

Flood Warning is in effect until 11 p.m. Wednesday for the Great Miami River in Shelby County and until 2 a.m. Thursday for the Great Miami River in Middletown.

Flood Warning is in effect until 3 a.m. Thursday for the Great Miami River in Troy.

Flood Warning is in effect until 5:15 p.m. Thursday for the Great Miami River in Huber Heights.A Flood Warning is in effect until 8:45 a.m. Thursday for the Great Miami River in Franklin.

Flood Warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday for the Mad River in Springfield.

>>Storms could bring heavy downpours, damaging winds, flash flooding 


  • Drying out after midnight; A few flurries late
  • Blustery, cool on Wednesday 
  • Chance of rain Thursday evening and overnight


OVERNIGHT: Drying out, but with lingering clouds. We may see a few passing showers or sprinkles changing to flurries by morning. Staying windy through the night with falling temperatures. Lows overnight will fall into the middle 30s.

>>High water prompts closures on several local roads

Stay tuned to WHIO for the latest updates that might develop for the forecast.

>> Flooding: Know your risks

WEDNESDAY: A few early flurries or sprinkles to start, mostly cloudy and chilly with highs in the lower 40s. Still windy with gusts as high as 35mph creating wind chills in the 30s. Some clearing into tomorrow night and cold with lows in the upper 20s. Winds gradually decrease through the night.

>> Severe Weather: Slight vs. Enhanced Risk 

THURSDAY: Some sun early then clouds increase. Still cool with highs in the upper 40s. Chance for rain showers to develop into the evening, becoming more likely into the night. May briefly see some snowflakes mixing in initially across the northern Miami Valley.

>> Impacting your drive: Strong wind, heavy rain 

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy, breezy ad cool. Chance of snow showers into the evening and overnight. Highs in the upper 40s.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

SATURDAY: Decreasing clouds, breezy and chilly. Highs in the upper 30s. 

SUNDAY: Partly sunny and cool. Highs in the lower 40s.

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Reports of hail, damaging winds amid tornado warning

Another system moves in today, this time bringing the potential for severe thunderstorms, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

>> Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar 

Tornado Warning is issued until 4:30 p.m. for Montgomery and Preble counties.

Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Shelby, Preble, Champaign, Logan,  Darke, Montgomery and Miami counties.

The Storm Prediction Center has most of the Miami Valley under an Enhanced Risk for severe storms. The best ingredients for strong and severe storms looks to come together along and ahead of a cold front that approaches tonight. Impacts from this system will be felt from the morning and into Tuesday night.

>> Severe Weather: Slight vs Enhanced risk


Tuesday eveningStorms are expected to redevelop late in the afternoon and through the evening mainly from 5 to 11 p.m.

These storms have a high chance of becoming severe. The main threat is damaging winds and flash flooding but there is the possibility of an isolated tornado or two to develop in a strong storm or line of storms.

Larger sized hail is a low threat for the day.

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Drivers should check the forecast and Live Doppler 7 Radar for a look at the afternoon development. Storms will become more widespread toward the end of the drive.

>> WHIO Weather App

Drivers should watch for flash flooding, reduced visibility and severe storms during the evening hours. The biggest impacts outside of flooding will be damaging winds. Some storms could also produce hail and an isolated tornado can't be ruled out.

>> Impacting your drive: Strong wind, heavy rain

Once the cold front passes at night, the rain will taper off. The Wednesday morning drive should be quiet, but a few flurries are possible if it gets cold enough. 

WATCH: Kindergartner's hilarious 'weather report' takes internet by storm

At 6 years old, Carden Corts of Tennessee is already on his way to a career in meteorology.

>> Watch his viral video here

With a little help from his father, who’s in video production, the kindergartner at Waverly Belmont Elementary School in Nashville is going viral on YouTube for his “weather report," the Tennessean reports.

The hilarious clip, recorded for a school project, has been viewed more than 1.6 million times since it was posted Wednesday.

>> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news 

"Today's weather report is brought to you by the letter C and also Pokémon cards," he quips before using his "weather simulator" (courtesy of a green screen and leaf blower, according to the Tennessean) to give his larger-than-life forecast.

>> Read more trending news 

Make sure to watch until the end. #SpringBreak

Read more from the Tennessean.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Winter Weather Advisory for Butler County starts Saturday

Clouds will increase overnight, with temperatures falling into the upper 20s by morning, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.


  • Winter Weather Advisory for Butler County from 2 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday
  • Scattered snow by late morning, mainly south of I-70
  • Warmer weather pattern next week

>> Winter Storm: ‘Either Dayton or Cincinnati will get nailed’

>> Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar 


Saturday: Scattered snow will develop in the morning, mainly south of Interstate 70. Snow showers will be on and off into the evening. Little or no snow accumulation is expected north of I-70. Accumulation of 1 inch or less is expected across Preble, Montgomery and Clark and Greene Counties. Around 1 to 3 inches will be possible in Butler County along with southern Warren and Clinton counties. Highs will be in the upper 30s with breezy conditions at times.

 >> 5-Day Forecast

Sunday: Clouds will clear with temperatures moderating back into the middle 40s.

Monday: Sunshine will start the day but clouds will increase through the afternoon. It will be milder with highs reaching into the lower 50s.

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Tuesday: More seasonable temperatures are expected but showers will be possible. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

Wednesday: Showers will be likely with highs in the upper 50s.

Winter Storm: ‘Either Dayton or Cincinnati will get nailed’

A clipper-type system will push through southwest Ohio this weekend, but it’s too early to tell the storm’s track.

>> 5-Day Forecast

Snow is expected Saturday, with a good chance for accumulation.

“At this point it’s safe to assume areas southwest of Dayton will see the highest snowfall totals, but the exact amount is still in question”, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.

>> Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

With this storm having a sharp gradient between a lot of snow and no snow, there’s still some tweaking needed over the next day or so. INITIAL REPORT:

A line of winter weather is expected to blast through southwest Ohio on Saturday, but it’s too early to say who will get the most punishing hit.

“Here’s the bottom line: It’s an intense system and someone is going to see a lot of snow, we just don’t know where it’s going yet,” said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell. “Right now, it looks like either Dayton or Cincinnati will get nailed.”

» View the Doppler 7 radar

Elwell said it looks like there could be a “sharp cut-off” for who gets snow, and who doesn’t.

“It’s very possible that Cincinnati could get 6-plus inches of snow, and Dayton gets an inch or less. That’s how sharp we expect it to be,” Elwell said.

Right now, Oxford, Hamilton and Middletown appear to be in the direct track of the storm.

“We believe between Dayton and Cincinnati will see a lot of snow,” Elwell said. “But any small deviation in the track will play a huge role in who see’s what.”

Sunday is expected to be a pleasant end to the weekend with highs in the mid 40s and clear skies. Monday brings warm temperatures to start the new week with sunshine and highs in the low 50s.

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