Storm knocks out power to thousands

The storm that kicked up dozens of tornadoes across the Midwest Sunday evening left about 2,400 area homes without power, but local residents ultimately fared better than expected.
Courtney Astolfi
Nov 18, 2013
As of Sunday night, about 2,200 Erie County residents were still in the dark, said Ohio Edison spokesman Gary Mortus.

Huron and Sandusky counties did not see nearly as many outages, with just 100 and 70 powerless homes in each, respectively.

Mortus said all the outages were expected to be restored by late Sunday night or early Monday morning.

For 1,260 powerless homes in Vermilion Township, however, the wait may turn out to be longer, Mortus said.

Initial surveys of damage indicated the eastern portion of Erie County was hit the hardest.

Coen Road in Vermilion Township was blocked off for a portion of Sunday night, as emergency crews worked to secure leaning utility poles between Kniesel and West Lake roads, Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said.

Also blocked was a stretch of River Road in Milan Township, Sigsworth said. Homes in the 9800 block—just south of the Franklin Flats area— contended with downed poles and trees as well.

Deputies and area police officers spent a majority of the evening responding to fallen branches and debris blown into roadways. Area firefighters, meanwhile, were dispatched to at least two transformer fires.

Shortly before 7 p.m. a transformer caught fire on Portland Road near Ohio 269 in Groton Township, and a short while later, a caller reported a transformer and tree had caught fire on Smokey Road in Berlin Township, according to Erie County dispatchers.

Mortus believed overnight winds had the potential to take down even more lines than those blown loose during the worst part of the storm.

He attributed the great majority of outages to high wind speeds.

In addition to fallen limbs and lines, some local streets experienced high waters. No county roads, however, were blocked off due to flooding, Sigsworth said.

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