We've been hearing all day about an anticipated storm moving toward Ohio that could include a "derecho."
What the heck is a derecho and will it impact the Akron area? We can define derecho, but, like most weather systems, precise time and level of impact involve a lot of guessing.
First, the National Weather Service describes a derecho as straight-line winds that are about 60 miles per hour - plenty strong enough to do some damage. The difference between the derecho and heavy winds that are associated with many severe thunderstorms is that they are widespread, not isolated. In fact, derecho winds are what knocked out power to tens of thousands in a region that included central Ohio, but stretched west to Illinois and east to Washington, D.C.. last year.
"Some of the more severe thunderstorms could be off to the Findlay and Mansfield areas and then Akron and Canton would be right on the edge," said Frank Kieltyka with the National Weather Service.
Whether we experience a derecho or not, Kieltyka says up to 1.5 inches of rain is possible.
A Flood Watch is in effect tonight at 10:00 until Thursday at 5:00 P.M.