Preparations underway for tornado season

This image was taken by Kim Carter on Arlington Road. (WDTN Photo)

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) – While it may be uncommon this early in the year, emergency officials around the Miami Valley are preparing for a severe thunderstorm on Friday.

The Miami Valley has seen severe storms in February before.  Including an E-F zero tornado that hit Phillipsburg in February 2014.  It was on the ground for two miles and packed winds of 85 miles per hour.

The national weather service said severe weather in February have contributed to at least 16 tornados since the 1950s.

Peak tornado season in Ohio is generally April through July, but tornadoes can and have occurred at any time, during any season. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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