High Winds Causing Damage Around Northwest Ohio
A First Alert Weather Day has been issued for strong wind gusts Saturday.
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Strong winds caused power outages in northwest Ohio this afternoon.
As of 8:15 p.m. more than 1,000 customers in Williams County were without power, including nearly 75% of West Unity, according to Toledo Edison’s outage map. More than 1,000 customers each in Fulton, Wood and Lucas Counties were also in the dark at the time.
Chris Eck with Toledo Edison said crews can’t work in a lift truck or from a ladder when the winds gust more than 35 mph.
“We’re working as quickly and safely as we can to repair wind damages,” Eck said. “However, as the wind continues, we may see more damage from downed branches and trees.”
The wind also damaged the roof at an electrical substation in Bowling Green. Power was out for a section of the city for part of the evening Saturday.
13abc’s First Alert meteorologists issued a First Alert Weather Day for Saturday’s strong winds. Gusts of 50 to 55 mph are expected to continue through 9:00 PM, so additional outages may occur.
A Wind Advisory is in place for all of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan until 9:00 PM.
13abc has reached out to Toledo Edison for more information on restoration, as well as additional crews for northwest Ohio.
Due to the wind, a tree branch fell on top of a car at Side Cut Metropark. No one was hurt, according to a Metroparks spokesperson.
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