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Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 11 July 2013 11:01
Bob Green of Weston looks on near a collapsed barn on his property, along West Poe Road, after a powerful storm system swept through the area bringing heavy rain and high winds Wednesday. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Wood County residents were cleaning up this morning after a powerful midsummer storm ripped limbs from trees, brought down powerlines and flooded fields and intersections Wednesday afternoon. SEE MORE PHOTOS
As the storm battered the area, public safety crews faced an onslaught of calls, including wires down on houses and tractor trailer rigs blown over on I-75.  And after the storm had passed, crews and residents began the cleanup of the mess the high winds and heavy rain left in its wake.
Many residents remained without electrical power today.
First Energy was indicating outages in Perrysburg, rural Bowling Green, in several
locations between Weston and Grand Rapids, along Ohio 582 east and west of Ohio 25 and in the Pemberville and Bradner areas.
As of 9:45 a.m. AEP was reporting 1,040 customers in Wood County without power. Most of those customers are in the Cygnet and North Baltimore area.
As of 8 a.m. Hancock-Wood Electric was reporting 108 customers without power, mostly in area southeast of Bowling Green and in the Wayne and Bradner area. At one point Wednesday night Hancock Wood reported more than 1,000 customers without power.
Brad Gilbert, director of Wood County Emergency Management Agency, said some residents of Bradner and Wayne could be without power for a day or two. He said some rotation west of Bowling Green resulted in a tornado warning Wednesday, but no touch-downs were confirmed.
Residents across the county began cleaning up the mess Wednesday night. The sound of chain saws could be heard in many Bowling Green neighborhoods and the scene was no different in rural areas.
Mitchell Road between Bowling Green Road West and Sand Ridge was hard hit, as was the Stone Ridge Golf Club property. A house in the 800 block of Pine Valley was reported struck by lightning, trees fell on the golf course and the club's maintenance garage on Mitchell Road was wrecked.
Trees were down on houses on Mitchell Road.
In Bowling Green there were trees down across several streets and many more down or damaged on private property. The city recorded nine-tenths of an inch of rain at its wastewater treatment plant on Dunbridge Road.
Power was out several hours in some locations and there were a few scattered outages in the Bowling Green area this morning.
Within Bowling Green, tree branches fell onto streets, mostly cleared by police officers and public works employees.
A tree fell across the CSX railroad tracks at John Court, and there is heavy tree damage in Gypsy Lane Estates, according to Tony Hetrick, deputy chief of police.
The damage was "nothing like Monday morning," he said.
He added that several streets flooded with four to five inches of water, but all traffic signals continued to function.
"South of Bowling Green took a bigger hit," he stated.
Poe Road, west of Bowling Green, was hard hit with trees down and damage to several barns. Damage was reported especially heavy west of Potter Road.
Power outages remain an issue in North Baltimore, where tree and tree-related damage is widespread.
In the village, the streets department responded immediately after the storm to clear roads.
"When you drive down the road, there's piles of branches in everyone's yard," said police Chief Allan Baer.
A tree down at Broadway and Tarr streets was probably the worst issue, he said.
In Pemberville crews worked until about midnight to restore power knocked out by the storm.
This morning the effort turned to cleaning up the mess left by damage to trees
Traffic on I-75 has returned to normal speeds after being backed up for hours Wednesday in both directions. High wind knocked over several semis between Bowling Green and North Baltimore, both northbound and southbound.
Traffic was backed up past the Ohio 613 exit because of a semi off the road on I-75 and Ohio 18, and was backed up again to Cygnet Road from an overturned semi south of the Ohio 281 overpass.
Southbound, two semis were overturned a mile south of U.S. 6, which at 5:30 p.m. had traffic backed up to the Sugar Ridge Road overpass north of Bowling Green. At 7:30 p.m., traffic was still lined up to the Poe Road overpass.
Sand Ridge Road between Liberty Hi Road and Route 6 will likely remain closed most of today, as a large tree will have to be removed by a private contractor, said Wood County Highway Garage Superintendent Gary Britten.
Two other roads west of Bowling Green were closed Wednesday due to downed trees and power lines, but they reopened this morning. Britten said the affected areas included Bowling Green Road West between Mitchell Road and Liberty Hi Road, and Mermill Road from Liberty Hi Road to Wingston Road.
Britten said a section of North River Road is closed between Zepperneck and Wayne Roads. He expects Sand Ridge Road to be open by the end of the day..
Mark Dunsmoor, commissioner of public utilities for Perrysburg, confirmed the public utilities building lost power for several hours before it was restored at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. He said high water flooded some ditches and streets but receded once the rain stopped.
Wood County Sheriff's Department Chief Eric Reynolds summarized the situation as "it was bad all over."
The good news is that he said he was unaware of any injuries.
Reynolds said much of the damage was focused west of Bowling Green along Poe Road as several barns were down.
He also noted many problems between Portage and Cygnet.
Traffic on Ohio 25 was diverted onto Bays Road, south of Portage.
Many trees are down across the county along with power lines and other obstacles closing numerous roads.
Reynolds reported this morning that Loeffler Road in Jerry City remained closed as a tree came down on a parked car in that village.
He also knows of a house that was damaged on Euler Road when an oak tree came down onto the home.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 11:16

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