COLUMBUS — Storms slammed rain-soaked Ohio again on Saturday as Gov. Ted Strickland toured flooded areas of north-central Ohio and said he would seek help from the federal government after damage is assessed.
Tornado and thunderstorm warnings were issued during the late afternoon for areas of central and southeast Ohio, which had been spared from the storms of the previous weekend.
The National Weather Service’s Wilmington center had no reports of tornadoes on the ground, although there were reports of downed trees, limbs and power lines in southern Ohio, meteorologist Andy Hatzos said. Winds gusting up to 58 mph were reported at Port Columbus International Airport, he said.
Sheriff’s offices in Franklin and Licking counties, where tornado warnings were issued, reported no major damage.
Strickland toured Mansfield and Shelby in Richland County on Saturday, following trips to other areas hit by flooding earlier in the week. He said he would request help from federal disaster officials, possibly by Monday after the cost of repairing the damage was added up.
No counties were added on Saturday to the nine under states of emergency, although Strickland stressed that anyone needing help would get it.
Flooding stretched across an 80-mile path through northwest and north-central Ohio this week, leading Strickland to declare a state of emergency in nine Ohio counties.
Strickland planned to visit the heavily flooded village of Ottawa in northwest Ohio today.