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Flood warnings, downed trees, power outages across area

Sandusky Register Staff • Oct 30, 2012 at 8:39 PM

(UPDATE 8:37 p.m.) Ohio 60, between Ohio 18 and Ohio 303 in Huron County, is closed due to flooding.  Detour for this area is Ohio 18 east to Ohio 511 north to U.S. 20 west and reverse for southbound motorists. 

(UPDATE 3:49 p.m.) Ohio 99, between Egypt Road and Maple Ridge Road in Greenfield Township, Huron County, is closed due to roadway flooding.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.  Duration of closure is unknown. Information will be updated as it is received.

A wind advisory will remain in effect until 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Wind is expected to be at 25-30 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph.

A flood warning has also been issued for the Vermilion River near Vermilion and the Huron River near Milan until this afternoon.

At 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service said the Huron River was at 17.6 feet, just shy of flood stage. The river is expected to rise to just above 18 feet by midday. At 18 feet flooding occurs in low-lying areas from Milan to Franklin Flats.

There is also a small stream advisory for Erie County. Excessive rain over the last several days has produced minor flooding in low lying areas and poor drainage areas. Some road closures due to high water have occurred. Creeks are running high and have overflowed.

The Office of Coastal Management reminds residents to use caution around Lake Erie. Do not stand on bluffs overlooking the lake and avoid venturing onto piers. They may have sustained damage in the storm that could cause "catastrophic failure" of the structures.

(Click HERE to see the current power outage map from Ohio Edison.)

Several trees caused damage around the area, including one that fell on a home in Sandusky at 50th Street and Milan Road. No injuries have been reported.

Power has been knocked out at the Erie County Sheriff's office and the Erie County building at 2900 Columbus Avenue. The sheriff's department is functioning on generators. The Erie County Board of Elections closed for a short time Tuesday morning, but it was expected to reopen by 11 a.m.

Have photos of local storm damage? Send them to photo@sanduskyregister.com to be included in a reader-submitted gallery online and in the Register.

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