Storms Cause Property Damage In Southern Ohio

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Numerous reports of downed trees and power outages were being reported Monday night following storms that roared through southern Ohio. There were reports of a possible tornado at the Ross/Pike County line. Separate reports of funnel clouds over the City of Chillicothe and Londonderry were made by local weather spotters and first responders.

Funnel cloud over Chillicothe: Photo submitted by Heidi Toparcean

The National Weather Service issued advanced notice of straight line winds with gusts of 70 miles per hour and penny-size hail as the storm moved through Indiana and made a swath across southern and central Ohio.

The Ross County Sheriff Department reported a possible tornado on the ground at the Ross/Pike County line in the area of Cynthiana. The National Weather Service did issue a Tornado Warning shortly after that reported siting, which then also included Ross County soon after. Structure and tree damage was reported from this cell.

Lightning strike in Chillicothe: Photo submitted by Rebecca Lynch

First responders and weather spotters were reporting at 7:27pm that funnel clouds were seen over the City of Chillicothe, although none were believed to have touched down. At 7:33pm, more funnel cloud sitings were made over Londonderry.

Pike County was reporting many trees were blown down, with Pike County EMA Director Tim Dickerson surveying damage in conjunction with the local fire departments, MedCare EMS, Pike County Sheriff Department and other first responders. Most of the incidents reported were downed trees that had caused property damage and resulted in some roads being impassible. As of 9:13pm, the EMA had not been informed of any injuries in Pike County, although there had been confirmed structure damage in Cynthiana and of a ticket booth at Eastern Pike High School. 

Tree down in Pike County: Photo submitted by Dan Ramey/Litter Media

Power companies had hundreds- if not more than 1,000 reports of electrical outages in central and eastern Ross County, along with Pike County. Jackson County Sheriff was also reporting that several roads had been closed due to trees and power lines blown down.

Ohio’s First Lady Opens Deer Creek Park Storybook Trail

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(Mt. Sterling)—Through a partnership with the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), First Lady Fran DeWine opened a new Storybook Trail in Deer Creek State Park Monday. After an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, children and families walked with the First Lady on the new trail to mark the celebration.

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“Experiencing a Storybook Trail gives children and their families the opportunity to take an adventure inside a great book while experiencing an outside adventure at one of our great State parks!” said First Lady DeWine. “I hope this new trail gives Ohio families – and visitors – new memories that will last a lifetime.”

Within driving distance of Columbus, Deer Creek State Park is set in rich farming country. The park’s resort, marina, large campground, and 18-hole golf course facilities blend perfectly with outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, camping, and hiking. 

The story featured on the park’s new Storybook Trail is “Drop” by Emily Kate Moon. On the child-height panels lining this trail, children can follow the story of the cutest drop of water as she takes readers on an adventure through the water cycle. 

“Storybook Trails offer families another place to enjoy quality time with their friends and family, while encouraging the little ones to read and learn about nature,” said Director Mertz.  “We are excited to provide more opportunities to link literacy with healthy living through our Storybook Trails. There really is no better place than an Ohio State Park to explore, learn, and really appreciate everything the great outdoors has to offer.”

First Lady DeWine encourages all Ohioans to explore the Storybook Trails at state parks and enroll children under the age of five in the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library.

There are currently 324,887 Ohio children enrolled in the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, which provides one free book every month to children enrolled in the program from birth to age five. Any Ohio child in this age group is eligible to receive the books, which are paid for by the state and local county partners. If a parent or grandparent enrolls a child at birth, that child could receive all 60 books in the program. To learn more about the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library and how to participate, visit OhioImaginationLibrary.org.

ODNR will be installing more Storybook Trails this summer and fall. To find a local story trail near you, use this interactive map.

OHSAA Releases 2022-23 Fall Sports Divisional Breakdowns

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(Columbus – The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Monday the new divisional breakdowns for the upcoming fall sports, along with football playoff regional assignments. The OHSAA Board of Directors approved the new divisions during its June meeting late last week.

The OHSAA uses enrollment data provided by the Ohio Department of Education to determine each school’s base enrollment numbers for girls and boys sports, which will be used for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years. Divisional breakdowns for the sports that utilize competitive balance data, which include soccer, volleyball and football in the fall, are reconfigured every year, while non-competitive balance sports are reconfigured every two years using only base enrollment numbers. 

Winter sports divisional breakdowns will be announced Tuesday, while the spring sports will be announced in September.

2022 OHSAA Fall Sports 

Golf – two divisions for girls, three divisions for boys, no competitive balance: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/golf

Girls Tennis – two divisions, no competitive balance: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/girlstennis

Field Hockey – one division, no competitive balance: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/fh

Cross Country – three divisions for girls and boys, no competitive balance:  https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/cc

Soccer – three divisions for girls and boys using competitive balance data: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Soccer/Soccer-2022

Girls Volleyball – four divisions using competitive balance data: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Volleyball/Volleyball-2022

Football – seven divisions using competitive balance data; four regions per division: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Football/Football-2022

Heat Stress Prevention Tips

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With projected heat indices forecast to be in triple-digits Tuesday through Thursday of this week, health officials are concerned for those that might need to work outdoors during this stretch of extremely hot temperatures.

Here are some tips and other information from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

Factors that May Cause Heat-related Illness
• High temperature and humidity
• Low fluid consumption
• Direct sun exposure (with no shade) or extreme heat
• Limited air movement (no breeze or wind)
• Physical exertion
• Use of bulky protective clothing and equipmentz
• Poor physical condition or ongoing health problems
• Some medications
• Lack of previous exposure to hot workplaces
• Previous heat-related illness

Heat Stroke is the most serious heat-related health problem. Heat stroke occurs when the body’s temperature-regulating system fails and body temperature rises to critical levels (greater than 104°F). This is a medical emergency that may result in death! The signs of heat stroke are confusion, loss of consciousness, and seizures. Workers experiencing heat stroke have a very high body temperature and may stop sweating. If a worker shows signs of possible heat stroke, get medical help immediately, and call 911. Until medical help arrives, move the worker to a shady, cool area and remove as much clothing as possible. Wet the worker with cool water and circulate the air to speed cooling. Place cold wet cloths, wet towels, or ice all over the body or soak the worker’s clothing with cold water.

Heat Exhaustion is the next most serious heat-related health problem. The signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion are headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, irritability, confusion, thirst, heavy sweating, and a body temperature greater than 100.4°F. Workers with heat exhaustion should be removed from the hot area and given liquids to drink. Remove unnecessary clothing including shoes and socks. Cool the worker with cold compresses to the head, neck, and face or have the worker wash his or her head, face, and neck with cold water. Encourage frequent sips of cool water. Workers with signs or symptoms of heat exhaustion should be taken to a clinic or emergency room for medical evaluation and treatment. Make sure that someone stays with the worker until help arrives. If symptoms worsen, call 911 and get help immediately.

Heat Cramps are muscle pains usually caused by physical labor in a hot work environment. Heat cramps are caused by the loss of body salts and fluid during sweating. Workers with heat cramps should replace fluid loss by drinking water and/or carbohydrate-electrolyte replacement liquids (e.g., sports drinks) every 15 to 20 minutes.

Heat Rash is the most common problem in hot work environments. Heat rash is caused by sweating and looks like a red cluster of pimples or small blisters. Heat rash usually appears on the neck, upper chest, in the groin, under the breasts and in elbow creases. The best treatment for heat rash is to provide a cooler, less humid work environment. The rash area should be kept dry. Powder may be applied to increase comfort. Ointments and creams should not be used on a heat rash. Anything that makes the skin warm or moist may make the rash worse.

Work Practices to Prevent Heat-related Health Effects
• Train workers and supervisors about the hazards leading to heat stress and ways to prevent them.

• Allow workers to get used to hot environments by gradually increasing exposure over a 5-day work period. Begin with 50% of the normal workload and time spent in the hot environment and then gradually build up to 100% by the fifth day. New workers and those returning from an absence of two weeks or more should have a 5-day adjustment period.

• Provide workers with plenty of cool water in convenient, visible locations close to the work area. Water should have a palatable (pleasant and odor-free) taste and water temperature should be 50- 60°F if possible.

• Remind workers to frequently drink small amounts of water before they become thirsty to maintain good hydration. Simply telling them to drink plenty of fluids is not sufficient. During moderate activity, in moderately hot conditions, at least one pint of water per hour is needed. Workers should drink about 6 ounces or a medium-sized glass-full every 15 minutes. Instruct workers that urine should be clear or lightly colored.

• Be aware that it is harmful to drink extreme amounts of water. Workers should generally not drink more than a total of 12 quarts of fluid in 24 hours.

• Reduce the physical demands of the job, such as excessive lifting, climbing, or digging with heavy objects. Use mechanical devices or assign extra workers.

• Monitor weather reports daily and reschedule jobs with high heat exposure to cooler times of the day. When possible, routine maintenance and repair projects should be scheduled for the cooler seasons of the year.

• Schedule frequent rest periods with water breaks in shaded or air-conditioned recovery areas.

• Workers are at an increased risk of heat stress from personal protective equipment (PPE), especially from wearing semi-permeable (penetrable) or impermeable clothing (such as Tyvek or rubber), when the outside temperature exceeds 70°F, or while working at high energy levels. These types of clothing materials trap heat close to a worker’s body. Workers should be monitored by establishing a routine to periodically check them for signs and symptoms of overexposure.