|Ohio storms knock out power, strand motorists|
|Written by By Associated Press|
|Saturday, 30 June 2012 06:26|
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Severe thunderstorms swept across the state on Friday, downing utility poles and electrical wires, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power and several people stuck in their cars. Trees were uprooted, and homes were damaged.
At least four utility poles fell on a road in Columbus, making it too dangerous for people in four cars to get out, police said. One person was taken to a hospital, they said.
The State Highway Patrol said the high winds, which the National Weather Service had predicted could top 70 mph, blew over three tractor-trailers on Interstate 75 near Findlay, but no one was injured.
American Electric Power of Ohio reported roughly 500,000 customers without power, including 200,000 in Franklin County in central Ohio. Power was knocked out in all of Athens, where Saturday's print edition of The Athens Messenger newspaper was being delayed amid outages at all of its office.
Duke Energy reported 125,000 outages in southwest Ohio, including more than 50,000 customers without power in Hamilton County.
The fast-moving storms darkened skies and lowered temperatures following a day of near-record high temperatures.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
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