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Hurricanes take toll in Ohio

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Ike, Sandy, Katrina: three words that conjure destruction and almost stand alone.  They were so powerful that all three names were retired.  

Katrina's center plowed through Columbus but Ohio's two deaths came in our area.   Two women were killed in a Monroeville car accident, caused by Katrina's downpours.  Upper Sandusky picked up more than three inches of rain in a massive one day total.  Toledo saw moderate rains, but strong north winds dropped our high 13°.

Fast forward three years to 2008. Ike crippled Houston, flooding the concrete jungle.   It passed through Toledo at near hurricane strength.   Barometric pressure plummeted by late afternoon, down to 29.25" at the airport.   While we saw heavy rain, the big problem this time was wind.   The Ohio insurance institute pegged Ike's damage at more than half a billion dollars in the Buckeye State alone.

Sandy threw Lake Erie into an angry swirl.   Ross Ellet was along the lake shore, combating frigid late-October temperatures.

Powerful winds from the hybrid storm funneled cold air out of Canada.   Our high was 41 in Toledo.  Wave heights to our east topped 17 feet on lake erie.  

All three storms brought different tracks and different symptoms to our region.  More will inevitably cross our path again.  It's a firm reminder to be weather ready, since even weakened hurricanes can still wreak havoc.  
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