The Tuesday, July 2 storm that hit Archbold and the surrounding area was scary, but for most, it was little more than an inconvenience.
While downed trees blocked a few roads, the overnight power outage was the biggest problem.
This storm should serve as a reminder that dangerous weather can happen anywhere, at any time.
Tornadoes have happened in the past. Stryker and areas south of Archbold were struck by a tornado Aug. 25, 1965. A tornado hit the Pettisville area on July 12, 1992. Two people died in a tornado in Van Wert, Nov. 11, 2002. Another struck south of Delta on June 5, 2010. Four tornadoes roared through Henry County on June 12, 2013.
The time to think about tornado safety is now, not when a funnel cloud is bearing down on you. Take shelter in a basement or a first-floor interior room without windows; outdoors, find a low area and lay flat. Be prepared with flashlights and fresh batteries, a portable radio, and food, water and medicine for a few days.
Be aware. Conditions that spawn tornados can be predicted.
Who knows… Mother Nature may have something more in store for us yet this summer.