WAPAKONETA — Winds of up to 75 miles per hour toppled trees and damaged homes and out-buildings in Auglaize County on Wednesday afternoon, according to the county’s Emergency Management Agency director.
Troy Anderson said heavy rains and strong winds hit the county around 4:30 p.m. The EMA director said straight-line winds that traveled from the Minster area toward Waynesfield were responsible for the damages.
The Waynesfield area was the hardest hit, Anderson said, with numerous trees and power lines blown down shortly after 5 p.m.
A tree reportedly was blown atop a home, and two grain bins on Boundary Road in Wayne Township were destroyed by the high winds. according to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center.
In Uniopolis, a tree reportedly was blown down, landing on a vehicle. Anderson said no injuries were reported in the county.
Putnam County Sheriff Brian Siefker said Ottawa suffered a brief power outage shortly after 4 p.m. due to the storms but said no other reports of damage had been received by his office.
Hardin County EMA Director Jack Burgbacher similarly said he had received no reports of major damage from Wednesday’s storms.