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FINDLAY, Ohio -

 A State of emergency was declared Friday evening for Hancock County

The City has exhausted all its resources in Findlay and is asking the State of Ohio for help. Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said the number of downed trees and power lines made it difficult for first responders.

Widespread power outages and extensive damage are reported in many neighborhoods and 19,000 people in Hancock County were still without power as of Saturday morning. Statewide AEP reported 500,000 without power in Ohio and said it could take days before the power is back on and nearly two million without power in states hit by the line of storms.

An emergency call center is set up if people need to report downed power lines at 419-424-7000.

The Hancock County Engineer's office suffered heavy damage. Portions of the roof were ripped off in high winds.

The Hancock County Red Cross has opened a shelter for those displaced by Friday's severe storms at the Hancock at the Hancock County Senior Center at 339 East Melrose Avenue in Findlay. Those in need of assistance can call 419-233-4059

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 The emergency shelter is located at 339 E. Melrose in Findlay.

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