Storm topples trees, knocks out power in Lima


No power, damaged cars and homes after trees uprooted in storm

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A quick moving storm brought a tree down on an automobile at 721 W. Elm St., on Wednesday evening. More than 4,000 people were without power following the downpour of nearly half an inch of rain.

A quick moving storm brought a tree down on an automobile at 721 W. Elm St., on Wednesday evening. More than 4,000 people were without power following the downpour of nearly half an inch of rain.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Steve Miller, of 3-M Contracting in Kalida, checks for roof damage after a falling tree struck 1873 Lowell Ave., Lima, on Thursday morning.

Steve Miller, of 3-M Contracting in Kalida, checks for roof damage after a falling tree struck 1873 Lowell Ave., Lima, on Thursday morning.


Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

An apartment complex at 630 W. North St. saw its brick stoops buckle and bricks thrown from near the roof line during the storm.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Frank Morgan, an employee for JDB’s Tree Service of Lima, saws sections of an oak tree which fell on the corner of Lowell and Pears Avenue, blocking Lowell Avenue, following Wednesday night’s storm.


Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

Crews from AEP Ohio work to restore power after Wednesday’s storm. AEP Ohio called in local crews, as well as workers from Columbus and Newark, to get people’s power back.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

A car port lays at 1418 Hazel Ave., Lima, after Wednesday night’s storm.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

A tree landed on a car at 1176 W. Wayne St.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

A tree struck a car at 618 S. Pears Ave. in Lima on Wednesday night, and the strong winds uprooted it.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

A large pine tree hit a home at 632 Maplewood Drive in Lima on Wednesday night.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

LIMA — Residents of the region awoke to a scene out of a disaster movie Thursday morning.

They found trees atop cars. Brick stoops from old apartment buildings crumbled. More than 4,000 people were without power. Traffic lights were rendered useless for most of Thursday.

Wednesday’s storm dumped 0.46 inches of rain in about an hour left a more ominous calling card of wreckage behind. A storm spotter station at the Putnam County Airport in Ottawa recorded a 62 mph wind gust at 7:17 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

At 9 a.m. Thursday, AEP Ohio reported 40 separate outages with 4,037 customers without power in the Lima area. Local crews and crews from Columbus and Newark were dispatched to Lima to restore power, according to the City of Lima.

By 7:30 p.m., the number was down to 20 outages affecting 2,603 customers. AEP Ohio estimated it should return power to everyone affected by the end of the day Thursday.

There were also smaller outages in Columbus Grove, Delphos, Elida, Kalida, Ottawa, Shawnee Township and west of Spencerville.

In Lima, 10- to 12-inch tree limbs were down in an area between Cable Road and Metcalf Street, between Market Street and Spencerville Road, according to reports to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center.

Residents of 630 W. North St. were stunned to see their brick stoops buckle. Bricks were also thrown down from along the roof.

Felled trees toppled onto automobiles at 721 W. Elm St., 618 S. Pears Ave. and 1176 W. Wayne St., all in Lima, on Wednesday evening. Another tree damaged the roof of a home at 1873 Lowell Ave., Lima. A car port was turned over at 1418 Hazel Ave., Lima. A large pine tree hit a home at 632 Maplewood Drive, Lima.

All that damage left many of the traffic signals without electricity. Lima officials reminded the public that when a signal isn’t operating, each intersection should be treated as a four-way stop.

Trees laying on wires couldn’t be removed until AEP Ohio cleared its lines, according to the City of Lima.

Lima’s streets division planned curbside pickup of tree debris starting Thursday and continuing for a week until July 18, said Howard Elstro, the city’s director of public works. Residents may place tree branches and tree debris on the tree lawn or on the grass next to a street. Officials urged people not to place limbs in the street itself.

Residents were also welcomed to haul tree debris for free to Wright Mulch, 1227 E. Hanthorn Road, Lima. The facility is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. It is closed on Sunday. Proof of residency isn’t necessary.

There were also four 50-foot tall trees knocked down in Van Wert County, along state Route 117.

Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative and Midwest Electric Cooperative did not report current outages.

A quick moving storm brought a tree down on an automobile at 721 W. Elm St., on Wednesday evening. More than 4,000 people were without power following the downpour of nearly half an inch of rain.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/07/web1_Storm-damage001.jpgA quick moving storm brought a tree down on an automobile at 721 W. Elm St., on Wednesday evening. More than 4,000 people were without power following the downpour of nearly half an inch of rain. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Steve Miller, of 3-M Contracting in Kalida, checks for roof damage after a falling tree struck 1873 Lowell Ave., Lima, on Thursday morning.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/07/web1_Storm-Damage_01co-3.jpgSteve Miller, of 3-M Contracting in Kalida, checks for roof damage after a falling tree struck 1873 Lowell Ave., Lima, on Thursday morning. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News
An apartment complex at 630 W. North St. saw its brick stoops buckle and bricks thrown from near the roof line during the storm.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/07/web1_Storm-Lima-2-RP02.jpgAn apartment complex at 630 W. North St. saw its brick stoops buckle and bricks thrown from near the roof line during the storm. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Frank Morgan, an employee for JDB’s Tree Service of Lima, saws sections of an oak tree which fell on the corner of Lowell and Pears Avenue, blocking Lowell Avenue, following Wednesday night’s storm.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/07/web1_Storm-damage_03co.jpgFrank Morgan, an employee for JDB’s Tree Service of Lima, saws sections of an oak tree which fell on the corner of Lowell and Pears Avenue, blocking Lowell Avenue, following Wednesday night’s storm. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News
Crews from AEP Ohio work to restore power after Wednesday’s storm. AEP Ohio called in local crews, as well as workers from Columbus and Newark, to get people’s power back.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/07/web1_Storm-Lima-2-RP16.jpgCrews from AEP Ohio work to restore power after Wednesday’s storm. AEP Ohio called in local crews, as well as workers from Columbus and Newark, to get people’s power back. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
A car port lays at 1418 Hazel Ave., Lima, after Wednesday night’s storm.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/07/web1_Storm-Lima-2-RP20.jpgA car port lays at 1418 Hazel Ave., Lima, after Wednesday night’s storm. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
A tree landed on a car at 1176 W. Wayne St.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/07/web1_Storm-Lima-2-RP12.jpgA tree landed on a car at 1176 W. Wayne St. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
A tree struck a car at 618 S. Pears Ave. in Lima on Wednesday night, and the strong winds uprooted it.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/07/web1_Storm-damage_04.jpgA tree struck a car at 618 S. Pears Ave. in Lima on Wednesday night, and the strong winds uprooted it. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
A large pine tree hit a home at 632 Maplewood Drive in Lima on Wednesday night.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/07/web1_Storm-damage_05.jpgA large pine tree hit a home at 632 Maplewood Drive in Lima on Wednesday night. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
No power, damaged cars and homes after trees uprooted in storm

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