With harsh cold and snow forecast for much of the state in the next few days, officials in Ohio’s Department of Aging are urging precautions for older people who could be at increased risk of weather-related problems.
Heavy Storms Topple Barns, Leave Thousands Without Power
Storms that soaked much of Ohio and damaged trees and barns with high winds are moving out of the state after leaving about 45,000 customers without power.
An official with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency says straight-line winds topping 70 mph were reported overnight. More than two dozen tornado warnings were issued, but no twisters have been confirmed. No serious injuries were reported to the state.
The State Highway Patrol says several barns were damaged in Wapakoneta. The Auglaize County Sheriff’s Department says trees were leveled there.
American Electric Power had more than 39,000 customers in the dark early Wednesday. About 19,000 were in central Ohio’s Franklin County. View up to date information on the area’s power outages from AEP.
Morrow County’s EMA director says there were two reports of possible tornado touchdowns there.
Another tornado was reported near the Marion County village of Prospect. A few miles away near Larue a barn blew down and sent debris through the roof of a nearby home.