High winds rip through Seneca County

A thunderstorm that tore through Seneca County around 2 p.m. Wednesday took down trees and wires, uprooted trees and left buildings without electricity.

Dan Stahl, director of Seneca County’s Emergency Management Agency, said he thought every township in the county was affected and thought every fire department was called out.

Stahl said officials watched the storm system move across Indiana. It was a long line of severe thunderstorms, he said.

“It was not a tornado,” he said.

Chief William Ennis of Tiffin Fire Rescue Division described the damage as extensive.

He said a lot of trees and wires were down in the city of Tiffin. Trees fell on a trailer on Seventh Avenue, on a house at Hedges and Washington streets, and on parked cars, he said.

Trees fell on houses on North SR 18, East CR 36, East TR 178 and Center Street in Republic. Trees and lines were down on North CR 27, North SR 53, East CR 36 and West CR 61, on Bettsville’s Sullivan Street and at East US 224 and CR 49. Many other locations throughout the county suffered trees down and power lines down. A tree was reported across tracks on South SR 4.

Seneca County Sheriff William Eckelberry issued a Level 3 roadway advisory to keep motorists off the roadways, and it later was downgraded.

Nearly 4,800 American Electric Power customers in Seneca County were without power at 11:20 p.m. Wednesday.

No injuries were reported as a result of the storm, officials said.