Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Elyria 64°


Brief thunderstorm downs trees, power lines


Update: As of 10:30 a.m. Thursday, about 3,200 Ohio Edison customers remained without service in Lorain County, according to company spokesman Joe Faga. 

As of 1 p.m., Case Road is closed between Center Ridge Road and Avalon Estates in North Ridgeville for downed wires.

A brief, but intense thunderstorm downed electrical lines and trees and left thousands in Lorain County without electricity Wednesday.

No serious injuries were reported. The storm, which began about 5:50 p.m., produced 53 mph winds and nearly 0.7 inches of rain in about 30 minutes across the county, said Kristin Schepel, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland.

Schepel said a 2-foot-diameter tree fell at the intersection of Detroit and Jaycox roads in Avon. An 18-inch-diameter tree fell on a truck in Sheffield, and a number of trees fell across Elyria, including one 8 inches in diameter.

Lightning strikes also were reported in Elyria. Lightning hit a utility pole about 7:10 p.m., setting it ablaze at 441 10th St., said Elyria fire Capt. Kevin Szabo.

Numerous trees also fell in Lorain, with the majority in South Lorain, said Lorain fire Capt. Mike Janosik.

“It just seemed to be a whole lot of wind really quickly,” he said. “We had quite a few calls.”

At the height of the storm about 6 p.m., 13,900 Ohio Edison customers lost power countywide, said Joe Faga, a company spokesman. At 10:30 p.m., 9,400 remained without power, including 2,815 in Elyria, 2,600 in Lorain and 2,500 in North Ridgeville.

Faga said crews from Medina and Sandusky counties were brought in for restoration efforts. He estimated full restoration would occur by midnight tonight.

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