Thousands without power in Ohio following severe storms

12 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Severe Storms Topple Trees, Cut Power To Thousands Across Central Ohio.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Strong thunderstorms Monday afternoon and evening knocked down trees and power lines throughout Northeast Ohio, leaving thousands without power. The huge tree fell and sliced through one Franklinton house and damaged the roof of a neighboring house, right over the room where a toddler usually sleeps. Fortunately, little Eileen Dimmick, 1-1/2 years old, was at Wal-Mart with Leora Justus when the heavy thunderstorms roared through central Ohio late Monday afternoon. At one point, more than 20,000 American Electric Power customers in central Ohio were without power, with most of those in Franklin, Fairfield and Licking counties. That’s when the tree came crashing down on his roof. 10TV talked with the homeowner Lea Justus who said they’ve had problems with this tree before. “The other half of the tree fell last year and smashed their carport and we’ve been on the landlord cause we knew the next wind it was probably going to hit this way.”

A 58-mph gust of wind was reported at Port Columbus during the height of the storm around 5 p.m., according to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. Dan Ranney said the outage affected phone numbers served by the city’s “221” and “645” exchanges, which meant that calls couldn’t be made to many of the numbers used within the Police and Fire divisions. Monday’s storms are expected to lower temperatures throughout central Ohio, bringing a respite from the unusually hot weather we’ve had for the past week.

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