Storm takes poles, power

A severe thunderstorm that moved through the area Thursday night and early Friday morning downed several power poles on US 224, closing the roadway and causing numerous residents to lose power.

Seneca County EMA Director Dan Stahl said the storm had not been predicted to hit the severe limits, but around midnight Friday, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued.

“Nothing really happened tremendously until about midnight,” Stahl said.

The storm, which had straight-line winds, moved through the southwest end of the county into the northeast part of the county, Stahl said.

He said the county had been prepared for the storm.

“We got some pretty high wind,” he said. “It was probably no different than a normal severe thunderstorm.”

Twelve power poles on US 224 were knocked down as a result of the winds, Stahl said. He said 12 years ago, the same 12 power poles were knocked down from a storm.

He said Friday afternoon, power had been restored.

A Seneca County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said the sheriff’s office lost power after the poles were knocked down, but the power was restored around 7:30 a.m. She said during that time, the office was running on a generator.

She said Clinton Township firefighters were dispatched to the scene of the downed power poles early Friday morning.

Just before 10 a.m., US 224 between SR 100 and SR 67 was closed in order for the electric company to repair the poles. It remained closed Friday evening.

Stahl said the repairs could take a few days.

According to a release from AEP, as of 3 p.m. Friday, service have been restored to more than 30,000 of the estimated 35,600 customers who lost power overnight.

The company expected to have power restored to all but a few customers by today.