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Residents continue clean-up after powerful storms

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Wind took the roof off a barn near Lepisic Wind took the roof off a barn near Lepisic
Wind toppled this gazebo in West Toledo Wind toppled this gazebo in West Toledo
Damage at the Circle K K on Buck Road courtesy of Rachel R. Damage at the Circle K K on Buck Road courtesy of Rachel R.
Damage at the Sundance Kid Drive-In. Damage at the Sundance Kid Drive-In.

Clean up continues after a powerful storm system brought tornadoes, high winds and heavy rains swept to the region Sunday.  Some school systems including Oregon closed on Monday to allow crews to make repairs and remove debris.

Perrysburg Township, Oregon and Cloverdale took significant damage.  A woman in Perrysburg Township told 13abc she hid in a bathtub while the storm moved over.  There is no official word yet on whether tornadoes were responsible for the destruction in Northwest Ohio.  The National Weather Service was sending representatives to investigate.

One of the major priorities is restoration of power.  As of 2:00pm Monday, nearly ten thousands Toledo area residents lost electricity.  Toledo Edison says some customers in Jerry City and Toledo may not have their electricity restored until Wednesday afternoon.  Crews have been working to fix downed lines and poles since the storms hit Sunday afternoon.   Detroit Energy said about 4,700 customers were out of power in Monroe County while AEP reported about 1,600 outages in Paulding County and another 1,429 in Putnam County.   

A home partially collapsed in Jerry City in Wood County causing two injuries not believed to be serious.  In Oregon, the Meijer store hustled approximately 60 customers into a back room when the storm hit.  No one was injured but the store suffered water and some wind damage.  The store was open and operating before 8:00pm.  Along SR 795, a Circle K convenience store suffered significant damage as did some neighboring businesses.  Again, no injuries were reported but the area was cluttered with debris and downed power lines and some debris was left dangling from power lines.  13abc meteorologist Bill Spencer was on the scene and said he believed the damage was the work of a tornado.  Earlier, Live Doppler 13000 showed "shear markers" tracking rotating winds in the area which are the signature of a funnel cloud.

Tornado warnings were issued throughout the late afternoon and early evening hours.  13abc broadcast continuous emergency weather information for more than three hours.    The Red Cross is helping about a dozen people in Wood County who suffered significant home damage. 

An area landmark, the Sundance Drive-In Theatre in Oregon, also had major damage. 

The Ohio Department of Transportation said that all lanes Northbound on I-75 were reopened Monday following sign repairs.  But SR 199 between Five Point Road and Roachton Road remained closed as of 1:30pm due to downed power lines.  Also, Wales Road between Broadway Road and Droulliard Road remained closed because of downed power lines.

The outbreak had been expected for days.  A tornado watch for western Ohio was issued late morning and was expanded Sunday afternoon.  Williams and Defiance Counties were among those reporting downed lines and branches.  Williams County's communication center lost power for a time.  Michigan was also hit with electrical outages and scattered damage.

In Putnam County, significant damage to homes and a mobile home rolled. The Red Cross was opening a shelter near Cloverdale.  However, debris is making it difficult to get into the hardest hit areas.  In Henry County, a semi was off the road but no injuries reported. Also in Henry county a roof blew off a barn on County Road E.

Wood County's  EMA Director confirmed structure damage at Alexander Drive in Lake Twp. Ponderosa Drive and Tracy Road in Perrysburg Twp. Power lines were down at 199 and Roachton road in Perrysburg Twp.

In addition to the high winds and brief heavy rains, hail was reported in parts of the Toledo area.

 

 

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