By Wayne Allen
Scioto County Emergency Management officials along with county, city and village crews along with utility companies, were out Monday afternoon working to assess and clean up damage left behind by a storm that struck the area.
Kim Carver, Director of Scioto County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) reported, after the storm that dozens of trees were downed into area roadways.
“Fire departments and highway crews are working to remove the trees and re-open impacted roadways,” Carver said.
She said there were as many as 4,000 customers without electric as a result of the storm.
“Some trees are downed into lines. Caution is urged when removing any trees from private property. At least three homes had minor damage from tree impact to roofs reported,” Carver said.
After the storm some residents reported they had seen a tornado, Carver said what they likely saw was strait line winds.
“They forecasted straight line winds and I think that’s what we got,” Carver said on the possibility of a tornado in Minford. “There was a widespread area that had a lot of trees down, countywide we had a moderate 50 trees, but was likely close to 100.”
She said the residential properties that were impacted were in the Lucasville area, with tree damage countywide.
Carver said this type of storm is rare for this time of year. She said those types of storms are typical in early spring.
“This late in the year it’s kind of unusual to have an event like this where you have long duration thunderstorms,” Carver said.
She said the storm on Monday afternoon tracked over 500 miles and held together.
Carver said forecasters are looking at the possibility of some storm redevelopment.
“There are some indications, we could get another line that would develop and track through this evening (Monday), Carver said.
She said meteorologists are also looking at the possibility of a Tuesday storm coming through the area.
“After that bout of severe weather (Tuesday), we’re looking for things to clear-up and to be calm for a while,” Carver said.
She said it’s estimated the area received roughly a half inch or more of rain, as a result of the storm.
“When you’ve had as much moisture from weeks and weeks of rain and you have a wind event like this, trees become compromised because of soil structure,” Carver said.
She said area fire departments and highway crews deserve gratitude, because this was a significant event.
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Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT