Severe thunderstorms soak the Miami Valley

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The rain fell fast and furious Monday afternoon and into the evening, stranding some drivers that tried to push through flooded streets.

One problem area was on Stanley Avenue right under the I-75 overpass.

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High water on Stanley Avenue under the I-75 overpass, July 7, 2014. (WDTN Photo/Jamar Black)

Cory Dickard was following behind a semi that drove through the high water. He was hoping to follow along before the high water flooded his engine.

“There was just too much and it came up almost over my hood when I went through because I was going about fifteen,” Dickard said. “It was just like my car shot through and we had to get out and start pushing to get it the rest of the way out of the water.”

At least two other vehicles going through the same mess as quick, heavy bursts of rains created high spots of water.

Angel Fuqua was in her van hoping to get across as well, trying to drive through the shallow end when her engine also flooded.

“I saw it was a puddle but I wasn’t thinking just to turn around,” she said.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued for several counties, followed flood advisories, mostly in Clark, Greene, Montgomery, and Warren counties.

Areas along the I-70 corridor picked up as much as an inch of rainfall from some of these storms.

In Clayton, Emilie Roberts told 2 NEWS lightning struck the tree outside of her Selma Avenue home around 6 p.m. She said she heard a loud crack and then the lightning flash lit up her entire room.

It is not over yet for the week. Tuesday is expected to be a day much the same. More storms are expected to arrive and it will be another muggy day.

Storm Team 2 is already tracking the system that could bring us the severe weather.

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