Storm in Hamilton on Tuesday was not a tornado, NWS says

Trees down on Buckeye Street in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

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Trees down on Buckeye Street in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

Hamilton experienced very strong winds Tuesday afternoon, which caused power outages and significant damage to parts of the city.

A few major areas were impacted, but the Dayton Lane and High Street areas were without power for a couple of hours. There were also about a half-dozen other areas without power around Hamilton that were caused by either downed poles or tree limbs tangled in electric wires.

The National Weather Service did issue a Tornado Watch on Tuesday afternoon, which lasted into the evening, but the weather agency reported Butler County’s mid-afternoon storm was not a tornado.

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A storm caused damage on Dayton Street in Hamilton around 3 p.m. Tues., May 3, 2022. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

A storm caused damage on Dayton Street in Hamilton around 3 p.m. Tues., May 3, 2022. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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A storm caused damage on Dayton Street in Hamilton around 3 p.m. Tues., May 3, 2022. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

“We don’t have any evidence that a tornado occurred,” said NWS Meteorologist Matthew Campbell. “It was most likely straight-line winds.”

There isn’t an exact measurement of how fast the winds were, but Campbell said they likely exceeded 55 miles per hour.

“Once winds get above 55 mph they start causing damage like that,” he said.

Campbell said he couldn’t say how much rain occurred during the few-minute mid-afternoon storm that swept into the city, but throughout the course of Tuesday, the city received about 1.25 inches of rain.

Not as a direct result of the storm, Miami University Regionals campus on University Boulevard, as well as nearby residential streets, were without power following a car accident that occurred just before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

All power had been restored just before 7 p.m. Tuesday to the city’s electric customers, though anyone with power issues should call the city at 513-785-7550.

If there are any downed power lines from Tuesday’s storm, people are advised to not touch them nor anything they may come in contact with, especially anything metal, and call 911. Any downed power line should be treated as if it’s energized.

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Campbell Ave. in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

Campbell Ave. in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

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Campbell Ave. in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

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Trees down on Buckeye Street in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

Trees down on Buckeye Street in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

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Trees down on Buckeye Street in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

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Campbell Ave. in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

Campbell Ave. in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

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Campbell Ave. in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

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Trees and power lines were down at Liberty Avenue and North 'F' Street in Hamilton after a storm around 3 p.m. Tues., May 3, 2022. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Trees and power lines were down at Liberty Avenue and North 'F' Street in Hamilton after a storm around 3 p.m. Tues., May 3, 2022. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Trees and power lines were down at Liberty Avenue and North 'F' Street in Hamilton after a storm around 3 p.m. Tues., May 3, 2022. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Officials work to restore power lines downed around the City of Hamilton after a storm on Tues., May 3, 2022. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Officials work to restore power lines downed around the City of Hamilton after a storm on Tues., May 3, 2022. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Officials work to restore power lines downed around the City of Hamilton after a storm on Tues., May 3, 2022. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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