Cleanup continues from wicked weekend winds

Published: Feb. 25, 2019 at 5:44 PM EST
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The sound of chainsaws filled the air as recovery continues from this weekend's wicked winds.

Fences, trees and trampolines were not spared, causing plenty of headaches for utility companies. At one point yesterday, about 170,000 Ohio residents were without power -- over 10,000 of which were reported by Toledo Edison alone.

A large tree on Bancroft St. struck the power lines there as it fell, though managed not to tear them down -- and just barely missed falling on passing motorists.

Toledo reached 64 miles an hour for top wind speeds yesterday, which is just 5mph shy of the all-time record set in March 2002.

Despite the damage, Devin Shaffer -- a sales arborist at Davey Tree Service -- says they haven't had as many removal calls compared to our last big wind event in March 2017, and this month's freezing rain event may have knocked down some weaker trees in advance.

"We had fewer calls [today] than we had with the ice storm, with that happening just two weeks ago. We had a lot more damage then, which could've come with this wind storm instead."

Shaffer added that a less-saturated ground may also have played a role.

"Soil moisture always has something to do with uprooting trees. We usually get a lot of spruce trees down, something that kind of 'soaks up' the wind and grabs the wind as it comes through. A couple years ago when that happened, it might've been a more saturated or looser soil that caused that to be a little worse than this time around."

For now, it's time to bundle those downed branches and set them out at the curbside, and bundle up for whatever else gets thrown our way in this home stretch of winter.

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