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Published: Thursday, 5/13/2010

Tornado watch, flood watch in effect for most of area


The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for nearly all of Ohio Thursday afternoon and evening, and the state's northwest corner and adjoining Michigan are also covered by a flood watch.

Thunderstorms containing heavy downpours are forecast to pass through the Toledo area this afternoon and evening as a cold front crosses the region. The tornado watch, in effect until 9 p.m. Thursday throughout northwest Ohio, means that atmospheric conditions are suitable for tornadoes to form in these storms.

Rainfall amounts may be as high as three inches in some storms, creating the flooding possibility particularly in areas where rain earlier this week saturated the ground. The flood watch covers Williams, Fulton, Defiance, Paulding, Putnam, Henry, Allen, and Van Wert counties in Ohio, Monroe, Hillsdale, and Lenawee counties in Michigan, plus neighboring counties in Michigan and Indiana.

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