Flash flood, tornado alert issued for Ohio State campus area
University Emergency Management monitoring heavy rains over next 36 hours
Heavy rain with the chance of damaging wind will impact the campuses of The Ohio State University today and into Tuesday.
According to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, showers and thunderstorms will increase in coverage across the region today. A tornado watch is in effect for parts of central Ohio including Columbus, Marion and Newark until 9 tonight. A flash flood watch for portions of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky is now in effect through Tuesday evening.
Heavy rainfall is likely. In addition, a strong or severe storm will be possible this afternoon into this evening.
Wind gusts exceeding 35 miles per hour are possible. Expected rainfall totals for the Columbus and regional campuses over the next 48 hours are as follows:
- Columbus/Newark: 2.5 inches
- Marion/Lima: 2 inches
- Mansfield: 1.5 inches
- Wooster: 1 inch
Emergency Management will continue to monitor the Olentangy River throughout this weather event. Low-lying areas on the Columbus campus that are susceptible to flooding may experience temporary flash flooding over the next 36 hours.
Students, faculty and staff can monitor the current campus conditions online. The website includes a live weather camera, updated weather conditions and current forecasts.
Ohio State is a Storm Ready University: https://www.weather.gov/StormReady