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Update: Widespread severe thunderstorms expected for Ohio State campuses

University on alert for severe weather this week

Widespread severe thunderstorms are expected across the Ohio Valley today and tonight, bringing the chance for severe weather to The Ohio State University campuses.

According to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center, central Ohio is under an enhanced risk for severe weather Wednesday. The ratings place the region in the middle of the scale for severe weather. The primary weather threat includes an increase in winds as well as a chance for severe thunderstorms.

Strong, non-thunderstorm winds with gusts exceeding 35 miles per hour are expected in north central and western Ohio during the afternoon hours. Conditions look favorable for strong to severe thunderstorms along and ahead of a cold front that will move through Wednesday afternoon and evening.

At this time, the primary threat appears to be damaging wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour. A couple of tornadoes and isolated large hail are also possible with this system. Any thunderstorm that moves over the region will likely contain heavy rainfall, and localized flooding is possible.

Please follow @OSU_EMFP on Twitter or check emergency.osu.edu for any updates.

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

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