Thousands in Lima region lose power from winds


By Sam Shriver - sshriver@limanews.com



Winds gusting up to 72 miles per hour left thousands of people in the Lima region without power Sunday, some of which were being told to prepare for long outages.

Among those without power was the entire city of St. Marys, according to the St. Marys Police Department. The outage occurred early Sunday afternoon. The city was expecting restoration in a “couple of hours,” police said.

Others who lost power weren’t as lucky when it came to a quick fix.

By 1 p.m. Sunday, Midwest Electric reported about 2,300 customers in Allen, Auglaize, Mercer and Van Wert counties were without power and that people should expect “lengthy outages”

The high winds were the result of an area of low pressure moving across the state. The National Weather Service reported a 72-mph gust east to northeast of Ottawa in Putnam County at 10:43 a.m. A 66-mph gust was reported in Westminster in Allen County at 11:12 a.m..

The Leipsic Fire Department reported, “powerlines down all over the village and townships”.

Elsewhere in Putnam County, 37 AEP customers and 57 Paulding-Putnam Electric customers were reported without power.

Numerous tree limbs were knocked down across the region and lawns that were neatly raked on Saturday were left a mess on Sunday.

Across Ohio, a 63-year-old woman in Montgomery County was killed after she was struck by a falling tree during severe weather, authorities said.

Driving was treacherous across the state on highways. A semi-truck was reported blown over on Interstate 75 in Wood County.

Sunday’s windstorm will be followed with beautiful weather for this time of year. AccuWeather says the remainder of the week will be mild with highs in the 40s Monday through Wednesday and near 60 on Thursday and Friday. Expect a chance of showers for Saturday and Sunday with highs in the 50s.

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By Sam Shriver

sshriver@limanews.com

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