Northern Athens Co Severe Thunder Storm Warning until 5:15PM, Sat, 7/22, seek shelter if threatening weather approaches!

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Northern Athens County until 5:15 PM.

At 424 PM, a severe thunderstorm was located over Shawnee, moving east at 35 mph.

  • HAZARD, 60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail.
  • SOURCE, Radar indicated.
  • IMPACT, Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

Locations impacted include Nelsonville, Glouster, Buchtel, Jacksonville, Murray City, Trimble, Amesville and Burr Oak State Park.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

Torrential rainfall is occurring with this storm, and may lead to flash flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

Please report Severe Weather to the National Weather Service by calling toll free, 800 401 9535, when you can do so safely.

You may also report severe weather by posting your report to the Charleston West Virginia National Weather Service Facebook Page, or by using the Twitter Hashtag, NWSRLX.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

ATHENS CO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH UNTIL 10PM, SAT, 7/22/17, WATCH FOR THREATENING WEATHER!

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR ATHENS COUNTY UNTIL 10:00 PM, SATURDAY, 7/22/17.

REMEMBER, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO, LOCAL TV, RADIO OR YOUR CABLE TELEVISION PROVIDER FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Athens Co Flash Flood Watch until 8AM, Sun, 7/23/17. Watch for changing weather conditions!

Flash Flood Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Athens County until 8:00 AM, Sunday, 7/23/17.

Rounds of showers and thunderstorms, with heavy downpours are expected through Sunday morning. This coupled with wet soils across the area could produce flash flooding, especially along small streams, creeks, low spots and poor drainage areas.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS; A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

ATHENS CO FLASH FLOOD WATCH THU, 12pm, 7/13/17 TO SAT, 12AM, 7/15/17, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS

Flash Flood Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Athens County from 12PM, Thursday, 7/13/17 until 12AM, Saturday, 7/15/17.

A frontal system is expected to pass through the region later today and Friday. Storms associated with it could produce excessive rainfall. This rain coupled with the wet soils across the area could produce flash flooding, especially along small streams, creeks, low spots and poor drainage areas.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS; A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Athens, Ohio, Missing Kayaker’s Body Recovered from the Hocking River Tuesday Morning 7/11/17

IMG_0808

At approximately 6:40AM, Tuesday, July 11th the body of 40 year old missing kayaker, Steve Lippson, from Racine, Ohio was discovered by an O’bleness Memorial Hospital employee in the Hocking River. Mr. Lippson’s body was recovered at 7:30AM by the Athens Fire Department, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Athens Police Department, and the Athens County Coroner’s Office.

Mr. Lippson had been missing since approximately 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 8th following a kayaking accident on the Hocking River near White’s Mill Dam. The Athens Fire Department and all agencies involved in this incident would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Lippson for the loss of their loved one.

The Athens Fire Department would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance during this incident:

  •  Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  •  Rome Township VFD Dive team
  •  Portsmouth Fire Department
  •  Athens County EMA
  •  Athens County EMS
  •  Athens Police Department
  •  Wellston Fire Department

We would also like to thank area residents and businesses that offered assistance and aid during this tragic event.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Athens, Ohio, Hocking River Missing Kayaker Identified as Steve Lippson, 40yr Old Male from Racine, Ohio

IMG_0808

Search and recovery operations continue on the Hocking River in Athens for Steve Lippson a 40-year-old male, from Racine, Ohio in Meigs County.

Lippson has been missing since approximately 2:07 PM, Saturday, July 8th. When six kayakers were swept over the Whites Mill water fall in the Hocking River.  Five of the kayakers were rescued by emergency responders or rescued themselves from the water.  Rescue crews spent Saturday afternoon and evening and Sunday searching the river for Lippson.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Athens, Ohio, Recovery Operations Resumed in the Hocking River Sunday Morning for a Missing Middle-aged Male Kayaker

Search and recovery operations resumed on the Hocking River in Athens for a missing middle-aged male kayaker at 8:00 AM today. The investigation and recovery operation has been transferred to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  Crews from Athens Fire Department and Wellston Fire Department are assisting with the operation.

The kayaker has been missing since approximately 2:07 PM, Saturday, July 8th. When six kayakers were swept over the Whites Mill water fall in the Hocking River.  Five of the kayakers were rescued by emergency responders or rescued themselves from the water.  Rescue crews spent Saturday afternoon and evening searching the river for the missing male kayaker.

No additional personal information is available about the missing middle-aged male because authorities are still trying to contact family members. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Athens, Ohio Rescue Operations for Missing Kayaker suspended until High Waters in Hocking River Lower

Athens FD Patch

The Athens Fire Department has suspended search and rescue operations for a missing kayaker in the Hocking River at approximately 9:15 PM this evening. Recovery operations will continue once the Hocking River water levels lower to safer levels.  The Hocking River has been swollen by recent heavy rainfall in the region.  The investigation and recovery operation has been transferred to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The Athens Fire Department and Police Department responded to the scene earlier this afternoon for multiple kayakers in the Hocking River near the Whites Mill water fall. Responders discovered twelve (12) kayakers had been in the Hocking River above the water fall.  Six (6) kayakers were swept over the water fall.  Five (5) of those kayakers were rescued by emergency responders or rescued themselves from the water.

Regional responders spent the afternoon and evening searching the Hocking River for the missing kayaker. No personal information is available about the missing person because authorities are still trying to contact family members.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Athens, Ohio, 6 kayakers swept over Whites Mill water fall, 5 rescued, 1 person still missing

Athens FD Patch

The Athens Fire Department and Police Department were alerted at approximately 2:07 PM, Saturday July 8, 2017 for multiple kayakers in the Hocking River near the Whites Mill water fall at 2 Whites Mill Drive in the City of Athens. Emergency responders discovered that twelve (12) kayakers had been in the Hocking River above the water fall, six (6) were swept over the falls and six (6) were able to make it to the river bank before being swept over the fall.  Six (6) kayakers were swept over the water fall.  Five (5) of those kayakers were either rescued by emergency responders or rescued themselves from the water.

Currently one (1) kayaker is still missing. The Athens Fire Department has started a search operation for the missing kayaker and is being aided by multiple regional emergency agencies in the operation.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 1 Comment

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for SE Athens Co until 4:15PM Fri, 7/7/17, Seek Shelter if threatened!!!

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Southeastern Athens County until 4:15 PM Friday, 7/7/17.

At 335 PM EDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 14 miles northeast of Marietta to Parkersburg to Albany, moving east at 50 mph.

  • HAZARD – 60 mph wind gusts.
  • SOURCE – Radar indicated.
  • IMPACT – Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

Locations impacted include Athens and Coolville.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS; For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

Continuous cloud to ground lightning is occurring with these storms. Move indoors immediately. Lightning is one of nature`s leading killers. Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

Torrential rainfall is occurring with these storms, and may lead to flash flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

Please report Severe Weather to the National Weather Service by calling toll free, 800 401 9535, when you can do so safely.

You may also report severe weather by posting your report to the Charleston West Virginia National Weather Service Facebook Page, or by using the Twitter Hashtag, #NWSRLX.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment