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State Theatre in Sandusky suffers catastrophic damage in Wednesday storm

 This aerial view shows the damage to the State Theatre in Sandusky after powerful storms ripped through the area Wednesday, June 10.
This aerial view shows the damage to the State Theatre in Sandusky after powerful storms ripped through the area Wednesday, June 10. (WTVG)
Published: Jun. 10, 2020 at 7:26 PM EDT
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Wednesday's storms that tore through northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan brought numerous reports of damage.

However, few can match the scene in downtown Sandusky, where the historic State Theater lost its roof to a violent storm Wednesday evening.

Bricks that held together a piece of history are now scattered by Wednesday's powerful storm. It blasted apart the stage area of the theatre.

“Just shock. It’s, you know, we put so much time and effort into the building and making it look the way it did, and it’s just hard to see it all on the floor in the auditorium,” Chris Parthemore, executive director of the theatre, said.

Storm damage to the Sandusky State Theatre.

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The building was constructted in 1928 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. But within moments, nearly 100 years of history came crashing down.

“It just turned my stomach. It’s just sad," Sandusky resident Marlene Corso said. "I hope that there’s a chance that they can rebuild it, but it’s just devastation.”

The portion of the wall that was not touched is the section that contains the "Greetings from Sandusky" mural. It was painted in 2018, but 2020 is a year they will not forget.

“The Sandusky State Theatre is really the cultural hub of Sandusky and Erie County," Parthemore said. "So it hurts, but everybody will rally behind us and we’ll be back eventually.”

The damage from the storm was heaviest to the east of Toledo in Ottawa and Erie counties. Thousands were without power in northwest Ohio.

Wind gusts of 76 mph were recorded north of Marblehead, and two inch hail came down just south of Bryan.

Much of the Toledo Metro Area saw wind gusts of up to 40 mph and a few brief but heavy downpours.

The weather for Thursday and Friday is much less dramatic. There is a chance for a pop-up shower Thursday, and highs will be in the mid-70s on a much less humid day than Wednesday. Friday will be dry with highs in the upper 70s before a cool-down this weekend.

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