Storm topples trees, shuts out power throughout Lima region

July 10, 2013

LIMA — An afternoon thunderstorm moved through the region this afternoon, knocking over trees and electricity throughout the region.

There were several reports of trees on fire, according to scanner traffic.

Crews searched through the 10000 block of Harding Highway in numerous damaged houses, checking on residents.

In Allen County, there were several reports of tree down throughout the county, knocking out power.

The storm knocked out power for a number of American Electric Power Ohio customers. Allen County had 5.5 percent of its customers (2,484) without electricity, and 36.1 percent of Auglaize County's customers (1,970) were out. Hancock County had 10.3 percent of its customers out (3,018). Power was out to 1.9 percent (196) of Putnam County's customers.

Dayton Power and Light reported 1,700 customers were without power and would be out for three to four hours, according to the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office.

Weather spotters in the region reported an array of damage:

Auglaize County:

•A building at a lumber yard collapsed in Cridersville.

•An ODOT weather sensor picked up winds of 66 mph five miles southeast of Wapakoneta, knocking trees down.

•Two large trees went down between Salem Noble Road and state Route 219, four miles west of Buckland.

Mercer County:

•Multiple trees went down in Celina, with a partial building collapse for a mini-mart.

•A tree was also downed on top of a car in Celina.

•Five trees went down three miles west of Celina.

Van Wert County:

•A 6-inch diameter limb went down in Ohio City.

•Power lines went down on a car in Van Wert.

Shelby County:

•Large branches were down near Russia.

Storm damage

Electricity returning in region following storm