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Weather forecast wreaks havoc on Halloween

Threats of steady rain and sustained high winds have prompted Logan County officials to reschedule planned Beggar’s Night activities, originally set for tonight, to 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday night. 

Village officials have announced that West Liberty Beggars’ Night has been rescheduled for Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Halloween decorations blow in the breeze today outside a Hayes Street residence. Winds are expected to pick up as the day progresses and steady rain is forecast to be widespread, prompting the Logan County Mayors Association to reschedule beggars night to Saturday. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

Church trunk or treat activities still on

Trunk or treat activities at the Bellefontaine First Church of God, Galilee Lutheran Church in Russells Point and Lewistown- Trinity United Methodist Church in Lewistown will continue as planned for tonight and activities will take place indoors, church representatives report.

Planned indoor events throughout Logan County still remain as scheduled for tonight.

Bellefontaine Mayor Adam Brannon, speaking for the Logan County Mayors Association, confirmed the change in the outdoor events this morning.

The National Weather Service forecasts a strong storm system will blow through the Ohio Valley today, encompassing southeastern portions of Indiana, northern Kentucky and central and southwest Ohio.

The timing of the storm isn’t good. Rain is forecast to begin moving through Logan and surrounding counties between 4 and 5 p.m., according to National Weather Service and is likely to continue through midnight and into the overnight hours.

According to information from Logan County Emergency Management Director Helen Norris, wind gusts will come from the south up to 45 mph and will increase as the day progresses.

The highest threat of severe weather is between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m., the EMA director reports, though widespread lightning is not expected.

Significant flooding isn’t expected, either, though some modest ponds may develop on roadways. Between a half-inch and 1.25 inches of rain is expected.

Brief, isolated tornadoes are also possible mainly between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m.

“Logan County is just on the edge of the area with an identified chance of tornados,” reads information submitted from the local EMA office.

In advance of the predicted rain and windstorm today, officials in Shelby and Auglaize counties have postponed Beggar’s Night as a safety precaution.

Sidney and Jackson Center in Shelby County have moved trick or treat to 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday; and Wapakoneta, Uniopolis and Buckland events in Auglaize County are from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Cridersville in Auglaize County begs from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

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