High winds wreak havoc, demolish gas station PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 18 November 2013 11:43
The Marathon gas station at the corner of Ohio 795 and Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township collapsed under high winds. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Homes and businesses were damaged and power poles torn down as a line of strong storms wreaked havoc across Wood County Sunday evening.  PHOTO BLOG
"We have tree limbs down and I don't know about the number of power lines down, but I know that we have power outages, including my own house," said Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn Sunday night.
Perrysburg and Lake Townships seemed to take the brunt of the storm's fury. A Circle K gas station, located at Ohio 795 and Oregon Road, collapsed during the gale. No injuries were reported, according to Perrysburg Township Police.
Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer said this morning that in the Argyle Forest subdivision, off of Tracy Road, "we had one house that was moderately to severely damaged," with several others also suffering damage.
Wood Lake Trailer Court, off of Cummings Road, had reported one trailed which had its roof blown off, he said.
Further, in Owens Lake Commons, an apartment complex largely occupied by Owens Community College students, three buildings suffered moderate damage such as broken windows and siding ripped off in the winds.
No injuries were reported in Lake Township.
Brad Gilbert, Wood County Emergency Management Director, said this morning that "most of the students (in Owens Lake Commons) had to move out for the night. I'm not sure what they're going to do long-term," but they were receiving assistance from the Red Cross last night.
Owens Community College in Perrysburg Township did lose power, but it had been restored in time for classes to be held. Spokesman Jared Meade reported minor damages on campus.  "A large parking lot light was toppled and destroyed in Lot Q and the Center for Fine and Performing Arts center sustained minor cosmetic damages to the front siding.  
"Considering the damage around us, we feel fortunate that the college didn't have more damage," Meade said.
Gilbert noted that the Starbright Subdivision had several houses that "I could probably put in the category of significant damage."
Additionally, the Cedar Park industrial park, off of 795 and Oregon Road, had several large business complexes that sustained what Gilbert termed "significant damage."
"We're actually going out here in the next hour to do a more thorough assessment of what happened in the area."
As of this morning, Ohio 199 remained closed between Five Point Road and Roachton Road due to downed power poles. A Sheriff's Office dispatcher noted they received calls this morning due to a stop sign down at Bay and Roundhead roads.
Additionally, two people reportedly struck trees which had fallen into roadways in the county Sunday night. The incidents were reported on Bushey Road, just north of Quarry Road, and on Ohio 65, just north of King Road. No injuries were reported.
This morning, Perrysburg schools closed as the result of the storm. In a Twitter post discussing the closure, Superintendent Tom Hosler noted "downed power lines. Concern about students walking to school. Many residents still do not have power."
Schools in Rossford were also closed today. Lake had on a two-hour delay.
Wasylyshyn said he'd heard unofficial reports of wind gusts in excess of 80 to 85 miles per hour during the storm.
On Sunday night, significant power outages were reported in the northern and eastern portion of the county. Around 7 p.m., more than 1,500 First Energy customers were blacked out near Ohio 25, just south of Perrysburg; in Rossford; and in the area of Lime City Road and Fremont Pike, according to the company's website. And as many as 500 were without power in Scotch Ridge, and on Defiance Pike, southwest of Wayne.
This morning, widespread power outages still remained throughout the Perrysburg, Rossford, Walbridge, Northwood, Millbury and Perrysburg and Lake Township areas. Up to 500 were listed as being without power this morning in Jerry City, where a partial home collapse sent at least two people to the hospital.
A tornado warning was issued for Wood County around 5 p.m. and was cancelled around 6 p.m. Gilbert indicated that there is as yet no confirmation that a tornado touched down in the county, but he said that it is "highly suspicious" that tornadoes went through the Perrysburg Township and Jerry City areas.
The National Weather Service was expected in Wood County today to investigate those areas to make a final determination. Currently, the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning when the conditions are ideal for a tornado to occur.

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