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State of Ohio Rain/Snow Monitoring System (STORMS)

In June 1990 a flash flood near Shadyside Ohio killed 26 people. As a result the Ohio General Assembly directed the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA) to develop a flood warning system in selected counties and to make recommendations about expanding the system to other areas of the state. The original funding provided for the computer hardware and software to operate the monitoring system and the hardware for the remote sensing gauges. The result of this initiative is the State of Ohio Rain/Snow Monitoring System (STORMS).

The Communications Branch installs and maintains the State of Ohio Rain/Snow Monitoring System (STORMS) program, which provides real time precipitation data to the National Weather Service and to local governments for flood forecasting. The STORMS system has 416 precipitation and 75 river stage gauges reporting into the system. These gauges are located in 65 Ohio counties.