Storms whip region (6-13-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 13 June 2013 09:20
One of two large trees that were uprooted from a storm early Thursday morning. The two trees were along Custar Road just north of Custar. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Power outages, damaged residences and a possible tornado were reported after strong storms swept through Wood County early this morning.
According to data from the National Weather Service in Cleveland, a possible tornado was spotted in Custar at 12:10 a.m. along Ohio 281. The incident was reported by a trained spotter. A tornado warning was canceled around 12:45 a.m.
Downed branches even trees were reported as a result of the storm, as were downed power lines. According to First Energy, scattered power outages remained this morning largely in the west-central portions of the county, with numerous customers without power in Milton Center and Weston, and other outages located along Hanna Road near Union Hill Cemetery, on Tontogany Creek Road, and near Ohio 65 and West River Road.
No significant damage or outages were reported in Bowling Green.
The Wood County Sheriff’s Office said this morning that part of the garage of a home in the 24000 block of Defiance Pike, near Custar, was heavily damaged. Additionally, a home in the 24000 block of Euler Road, near Weston, reportedly suffered damage after two trees, or heavy branches, fell on it, one of them coming through the roof, according to a dispatcher.
Corn lies flat in a filed along Custar Road just North of Custar.
A utility pole hangs over a ditch along Custar Road just north of Custar.
Tom Zulch, who lives on Custar Road near Sand Ridge Road, said a barn on his property was destroyed, and a smaller building housing a combine was damaged. Several trees were also destroyed.
This morning damage was evident in the Custar area with several downed trees and other items scattered around. At least one field of corn that was about a foot tall had been laid on its side by the wind.
A Milton Township firefighter said about 8:30 a.m. members of the department had been out all night watching roads where trees and wire were down. Custar is in Milton Township about 13 miles southwest of Bowling Green.
During the storm, Buckeye Boys State delegates, staying in residence halls at Bowling Green State University, were taken to safe areas, like stairwells. The organization issued a statement at 1:30 a.m saying all of the delegates had returned to their rooms safe and sound.
Warning sirens went off a reported three times during the storm, one of which was accidental. According to a dispatcher, the first siren was sounded after a tornado warning was called for central Wood County, and the second for a warning in the northern part of the county around 12:35 a.m.
As to the third siren, sounded at 12:46 a.m., Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn indicted that “somehow they accidentally set off the tornado sirens when the tornado warning was cancelled. There was an error, they should not have set them off.”
The tornado sirens are handled by the Wood County dispatch center at the Sheriff’s Office.
A flood watch that was called for Wood County by the NWS was cancelled before 7:30 a.m. after the threat of heavy rain subsided in the area.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 09:24

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