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Ohio Valley Under Attack From Storms

UPDATED 10:30 PM EDT, March 30, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

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A storm system crossing the U.S. Midsection today is causing more than a disturbance as it makes its way across the Ohio Valley. Dangerous storms continue to fire from the Mississippi River to Ohio, bringing damaging winds and large hail, and even tornadoes. A few additional storms are firing in the Red River Valley.

Today`s thunderstorms are firing to the south of a low pressure center that is spinning across the western Great Lakes. Warm and humid air is streaming northward ahead of this low, and this muggy weather is combining with daytime heating to fuel strong to severe thunderstorms across the Ohio Valley.

Severe Thunderstorm Watches stretch across southern Illinois and southern Ohio, including Cincinnati, Ohio, and Parkersburg, W.Va., are under a watch.

Meanwhile, there is also a risk of storms along the tail end of this storm system. Dry air is pushing into the system across western Texas and Oklahoma, setting up a "dryline," a trigger point for storm development. Storms with large hail will set up this evening along the Interstate 44 and 35 corridors from Oklahoma City to Wichita Falls and Dallas, Texas.

A chain of storm reports have followed the path of these storms as they amble across the Ohio Valley. A funnel cloud was reported in St. Louisville, Ohio, and golf ball sized hail has been reported in Danville, Ind., while 60 mph winds tore power lines down in Danville. Ping-pong ball sized hail in Campbell Hill, Ill, with Mingo and Mansfield, Ohio, among the locales to report quarter-sized hail. Columbus, Ohio, reported a 59 mph gust.

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