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Tiffin storm topples trees, snaps poles

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You might hear the buzz of chainsaws or see the electrical workers raising new poles this weekend south of Tiffin.

Friday morning, powerful winds snapped power poles in half, and toppled trees onto homes.

It happened during the midnight hour, along U.S. 224 near State Route 100, in the blink of an eye.

The manager of the Seneca Motel says after a strong blast of wind, his place was in the dark until 10 a.m. Friday.

That's when crews with AEP Ohio re-routed electricity, restoring power for roughly 1,500 customers.

"The ironic part is, 12 years ago these exact same poles went down 12 years ago for the same reason, which is wind shear," explained Denny Hohman, with AEP Ohio.

The storm knocked out power to the handful of homes in the Briarwood subdivision, which remained without power at noon Friday.

"You just felt like you was in this whirl," described Marvin Hohman. "It just roared. And by the time I got to the basement it was done."

The director of the Seneca County's Emergency Management Agency notes there was also damage in the southeast near Attica.

"It took the whole roof down on a pole-type building at a construction company," said EMA Director Dan Stahl. "You can see where some probable straight-line winds went through there and did some other damage."

It was all likely the work of straightline winds, likely to create work for the cleanup in the days ahead.

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