Despite the lack of rain, this week marks National Lightning Safety Week and a new campaign from the National Weather Service encourages the public to heed the warning, "When lightning roars, go indoors."
According to the National Weather Service, lightning is one of the nation's most deadly weather phenomena.
Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency Director Bo Keck says at the first sign of thunder or lightning, it's best seek shelter in a sturdy structure.
The Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency works quickly to clean up an oil spill.
Around 6:20 Tuesday morning EMA officials were called to Mar-Zane at the intersection of Moxahala Avenue and Ohio 719 when a delivery truck ran into a holding tank. The force ruptured a holding tank causing 265 gallons of waste oil to spill out onto the pavement. The oil was able to be contained before it seeped into a nearby creek.
"It get into the water than it can affect the fish...
The Zanesville Highway Patrol says the westbound lanes of I-70 were shut down early Wednesday morning after two semi tractor trailers were involved in an accident. It happened just before 3:00 a.m. two miles West of New Concord. Troopers say 42-year-old Timothy Lindquist of Mountain Home, Nebraska failed to maintain assured clear distance and struck another semi in front of him. That truck was driven by 44-year-old Santos Ernesto of Miami, Florida. Troopers say the drivers and one...
Area firefighters are taking a structural collapse operations class this week to prepare for any major disasters that could occur here in the area.
Program Director Dalan Zartman said upon completion of this course, all participants will become certified as required by the state to be a member of the Region 8 Rescue Team. He said their focus will center around natural disasters including water rescues and structural collapses.
The devastating storms that took the lives of more than 45 victims across six states over the weekend is grabbing the attention of local officials.
Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency Director Bo Keck said it's not if a severe storm or tornado will hit our area, it's when. He said they do have a plan in place to ensure they are prepared for any major disaster.
"We are going to have a tornado event, whether this year, next year, or ten years from now we're going to...
Spring has finally arrived and with the warmer weather comes the increase chance of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.
This is spring severe weather awareness week and along with it begins the testing of tornado sirens throughout the State of Ohio. Weather permitting Wednesday, March 23 the sirens will sound at 9:50a.m. The test will then happen every Wednesday at Noon until November.
"It's important to let the people know the sirens are out there. For us to make sure that...
Progess continues on the draining of an area lake.
The lake owned by American Electric Power near State Route 313 and Yorker Road is down three feet from where it was Tuesday when they started the process. So far, the weekend rain is the only hic-up in the project.
"Friday night there was that decision to stop the controlled release so we didn't have any flooding downstream whatsoever," said Bo Keck Muskingum County's Emergency Management Director. "If we had...