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Severe thunderstorm warning for some counties in Ohio and Indiana

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Update, 5.45pm: The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a severe thunderstorm warning until 6:30 p.m. for Franklin County in southeastern Indiana, Northern Ripley County in southeastern Indiana, Union County in east central Indiana, Dearborn County in southeastern Indiana, Southeastern Fayette County in east central Indiana, Northwestern Hamilton County in southwest Ohio, Southwestern Preble County in west central Ohio and Western Butler County in southwest Ohio.

Potentially affected locations include Batesville, Lawrenceburg, Greendale, Brookville, Bright and Hidden Valley in Indiana and Hamilton, Oxford, Harrison, Ross, Cleves, Liberty, Milan, West College Corner, Oldenburg, Shawnee, Moores Hill, Taylor Creek, Blue Jay and Darrtown in Ohio.

At 5:37 p.m., severe thunderstorms were noted along a line extending from Connersville, Indiana, to 6 miles north of Oldenburg, Indiana, to 7 miles southwest of Greensburg, Indiana, moving east at 45 mph. The storm may bring wind gusts of 70 mph and hailstones the size of nickel coins.

Update, 5.30pm: The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a severe weather warning until midnight Saturday for several counties in southeastern Indiana, northern Kentucky, and southwestern Ohio. In Indiana, these are the counties of Dearborn, Fayette, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley, Switzerland, Union, and Wayne. In Kentucky, the following counties are affected: Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Lewis, Mason, Owen, Pendleton, and Robertson. In Ohio, the warning affects the counties of Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Montgomery, Pike, Preble, Ross, Scioto, and Warren.

A severe weather warning means that weather conditions are favorable for the development of thunderstorms that can produce hail and damaging winds in and near the warning area. Stay informed and be prepared to act when a severe weather warning is issued.

More: Severe weather possible: What do thunderstorm and tornado warnings and alerts mean?

Previous reporting: The National Weather Service issued a special weather advisory on Saturday afternoon.

A strong thunderstorm will hit parts of east-central Dearborn County in Indiana, northern Boone County in Kentucky and western Hamilton County in Ohio on Saturday afternoon, the statement said.

The National Weather Service has not issued any storm advisories or warnings.

At 2:46 p.m., a strong thunderstorm was spotted near Bright, Indiana, moving east at 35 mph, the Wilmington Weather Bureau reported. The thunderstorm may bring wind gusts up to 45 mph, frequent cloud-to-ground lightning, and very heavy rain.

The storm is expected to impact Cincinnati, Harrison, North College Hill, Cheviot, Mount Healthy, Lawrenceburg, Greendale, Aurora, Hidden Valley, Bright, Burlington, Cleves, Shawnee, Taylor Creek, Bridgetown, Delhi Township, Miami Heights, Dry Ridge, Skyline Acres and Blue Jay.

The National Weather Service advises those affected to seek shelter in a sturdy building. Gusty winds could tear off tree limbs and blow unsecured objects, and lightning could cause serious injury or death, the agency said.

Motorists are asked to slow down and exercise extra caution. Visibility will be poor and aquaplaning is possible, the office said.

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