A brief morning thunderstorm brought heavy rain, strong winds and a large amount of pea-size hail to some areas of Livingston County just before 8 a.m. today (Wednesday). Within a 10-minute span, .77 inch of rain fell, according to the National Weather Service.
Hail fell across much of northern Livingston County. Chillicothe Fire Chief Darrell Wright stated that he was trying to assess what, if any, property damage occurred this morning, but found no significant damage. He did say that there had been reports of strong winds.
The brief but heavy downpour taxed the city’s drainage system, causing water to pool on some city’s streets. The condition didn’t last long, though, according to Street Superintendent Barry Arthur.
“When it rains so hard so fast, then lets up, it goes down real fast,” he said.
He stated that street crews were out Tuesday clearing fallen leaves from drains, and that they were out again today after the storms because the wind blew more leaves from the trees.
The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northern Livingston and southern Grundy counties until 8:15 a.m. today. At that time, the storm was moving east at 40 mph. Gusts of 60 mph were expected.
The weather reporting station, south of Chillicothe, reported just a quarter-inch rain between 7 and 10 a.m.