Fast, but furious -- another quick storm|Downed power lines leave 1,500 customers temporarily without power near Cleveland Road

SANDUSKY Sandusky experienced the bulk of storm damage late afternoon Saturday, including fallen power lines that kept traffi
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



Sandusky experienced the bulk of storm damage late afternoon Saturday, including fallen power lines that kept traffic on Cleveland Road just west of Cedar Point backed up for more than two hours.

Sandusky police department received close to 300 calls in 10 minutes when the thunderstorm hit around 5:30 p.m.

"People just kept calling and calling," said Sgt. Richard Cottrill. "It was pretty ugly."

Ohio Edison workers labored for nearly 21/2 hours to remove power lines and a fallen tree on Cleveland Road while police rerouted traffic to Fifth Street, Cottrill said.

Power went out at 6:05 p.m. for about 1,590 Ohio Edison customers in that area, according to Gary Mortus, Ohio Edison area manager.

Lights were back on for the bulk of those customers by 7:50 p.m. Saturday with the rest to be tended to later in the evening.

Cedar Point Police Department also sent two cars to direct traffic.

And a slew of fire and burglar alarms went off along the stretch of road, Cottrill said. Power also went out three times at police station, he said.

While the heavy rainfall and wind didn't last long, the damage from heavy winds was seen throughout the city with numerous fallen limbs and trees.

On Poplar Street a tree fell on a minivan, smashing it. Down on Perry Street and Tiffin Avenue, trees blocked roadways as well, including one that fell on a car.

"It was about time for me to start thinking about getting a new car anyhow," Rosemary Miller said of the tree she watched smash the rear of her car after lightning struck it. "It's too bad, though, I just got new brakes put on."

Sandusky firefighters responded to about half a dozen false alarms during that time, according to Capt. Jim Green.

A snapped electrical pole on Oakmont Lane knocked down wires, catching a tree on fire and keeping workers busy until after 9 p.m. Saturday. On Forest Drive, a telephone pole was hit by lightning and temporarily caught fire, he added.

Few calls for storm damage were received in Perkins Township. The Erie County Sheriff's Office reported a car striking a pole around that time the storm came through on Mason Road, east of U.S. 250. No one was injured in the crash.

Outside of Sandusky there was minimal flooding reported in Bellevue, which saw heavy flooding last month, that subsided shortly after the storm.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch and a hazardous weather outlook Saturday evening for several counties including Erie, Huron and Ottawa.

Those cautions are in effect through this morning. The chance of precipitation today is 90 percent and some storms could produce heavy rain.


Register photographer Luke Wark contributed to this story.