Wright-Patterson buildings, Riverside shopping center damaged by storms

“Our initial assessment from this morning’s storm is the damage is isolated to the southern side of Area B. Our initial focus right now is on safety and damage assessment,” said Col. Travis Pond, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander. “I can’t speak highly enough about our security forces, fire department and civil engineer Airmen for their quick response and hard work to assess damage and determine a path forward for restoring operations as quickly as possible.”

An older hangar that did not house airplanes and another building received structural and window damage in Area B, which is located near the Air Force Museum.

Base workers are inspecting the damage and the base will release more information later today.

Out of precaution, the base closed Gate 22B on Area B near Interstate 675. It has since reopened and is back to normal operations.

High winds downed trees and caused power outages in Riverside with reports of damage in various neighborhoods, in and around Airway Road from near Greene County to the Dayton city limits, city officials said.

The National Weather Service received a reported of a possible tornado that blew out glass at the Airway Shopping Center in Riverside.

Storms also caused electrical outages and other damage at at the shopping center at the intersection of Airway and Woodman drives, according to a dispatcher.

“We have trees and lines down all over,” the dispatcher said, noting that residents of Barrett and Travis drives reported damage, as the neighborhoods around Airway near the Dayton border, including Meyer and Hayden avenues, and Lynnhaven Drive.

Similar damage was also reported on Eisenhower Drive across Airway in the Overlook neighborhood, Riverside City Manager Josh Rauch said.

“We probably didn’t catch the brunt of it that they did in Clark County,” Rauch said. “It appears to be a lot of straight-line winds that came thorough, particularly around Airway and Woodman.”

He also said emergency medical service crews responded to reports of some injuries, but no deaths have been reported.

Rauch said the city has not had any communication with the National Weather Service.

“The system was moving so fast that I think we just really caught the front end as it was starting to form and rotate,” he said. “We haven’t had a whole lot of response that’s required with outside agencies.

“It’s mostly just been us picking up the (debris) that are leftover,” Rauch added. “So, fortunately we didn’t get hit as hard as some other places.”

Clean up is “ongoing,” he said. Service crews were out about 5 a.m. to clear debris “and that’s been progressing since that time.”

Rauch said he expects clean up to continue in the afternoon and “certainly by the end of the day we should be pretty much be back in shape.”

Fire officials said a business in the Airway Shopping Center had furniture fly out through a window and out of the store, he said. Furniture was also scattered inside the business, Rauch said.

Damage was also reported at a car wash in the shopping center and a fast-food restaurant reported a sign damaged, he said.

Peggy Henthorn, property manager of the Airway Shopping Center, said the storm knocked out some of the storefront glass at Big Lots and Yumi Boba Tea.

No was at the shopping center at time.

“Everybody is working as a good team to get up and running again,” Henthorn said. “Nobody was hurt. That was our big concern.”

AES Ohio was at the shopping center this morning working to restore power to the stores.

Henthorn said Big Lots planned on opening today.

Two homes on Airway Road were struck by falling trees and trees were also reported down in Wright-Patterson off-base housing on Spinning Road, Riverside police Maj. Matthew Sturgeon said.