Heavy storms drench Tri-State

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 14, 2005

Nothing lasts forever - certainly not spring weather in the Tri-State.

After a few days of hot, sunny weather, the area was pounded Friday night and Saturday by severe thunderstorms and strong winds.

Unofficial reports claimed a tornado was seen in the area of Lake Vesuvius at approximately 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

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National Weather Service meteorologist Ray Young said although his office had not received any such reports, he could not rule it out.

"Our radar was showing strong rotational winds in that area," Young said. "Our radar can't see all the way to the ground but it can see aloft and there were strong rotational winds in the storm."

Severe thunderstorm advisories were issued for much of Saturday afternoon and early evening.

In Patriot, near the Lawrence- Gallia county line, residents reported seeing penny-sized hail.

Young said 1.27 inches of rain had fallen across most of the area between early Friday evening and early Saturday evening but that some areas may have received more. As much as 2 inches of rain was possible by this morning.

The rain was expected to taper off, followed by a cold front

that would cause temperatures to plummet into the 60s today and Monday.