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County relatively unscathed in storm’s path

Thunder boomed, winds howled and lightning lit up the skies overnight, but Logan County dodged the brunt of a storm that threatened to pack a much heavier punch.

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Although a common scene after last June’s severe storm, this uprooted tree at a property in the 400 block of Ludlow Road was among the few noticeable instances of damage after an overnight storm struck the area. (EXAMINER PHOTO | T.J. HUBBARD)

As expected, strong thunderstorms rolled in about 12:30 a.m. today, and while there were spotty reports of downed trees and power outages, local damage was relatively minor.

Dayton Power & Light Co. reported 15 Logan County customers were without power as rains subsided about 2 a.m.

High winds cause damage in Auglaize County

LIMA — Winds as fast at 62 mph ripped through the area overnight as part of a storm, knocking out power, toppling trucks and leaving flash flooding in spots.

The weather system blew through the region just before midnight and continued for nearly an hour and a half.

The bulk of damage reports appear to come from south of Lima. That high wind of 62 mph was reported three miles southwest of St. Marys in Auglaize County, with a 60 mph gust reported five miles northwest of St. Marys in Auglaize County.

Near New Knoxville in Auglaize County, several houses along state Route 219 sustained moderate damage. The tops of trees were obviously twisted. Debris knocked over fence rows and spilled onto a runway at the Auglaize County Neil Armstrong Airport near state Route 219.

Wapakoneta saw its share of damage too. A semi trailer blown over two miles west of Wapakoneta on U.S. 33. Another semi trailer blown over at the Walmart just west of Interstate 75 in Wapakoneta. Numerous trees went down inside the city of Wapakoneta, knocking out electricity in parts of the city overnight.

As of 6:30 a.m., AEP Ohio reported all of its customers in the region should have their power back on.

According to storm spotters from the National Weather Service, the storms caused other damage throughout the region, including Putnam and Mercer counties, as well as St. Marys.

Lightning struck a Logan County Electric Cooperative transformer about 12:45 a.m. and high winds bothered a separate line that resulted in two outages that affected 43 customers, the cooperative reported. Power had been restored for all co-op members by 3:50 a.m.

A transformer reportedly blew in the area of the 7000 block of Park Street in Russells Point about 12:45 a.m. Downed trees were reported in the area of county roads 130 and 13 and on County Road 5 just south of Zanesfield at about 1 a.m.

The worst of the storms were farther north and east. At 1 a.m., DP&L reported some 4,700 customers were without power in Shelby County. By 9 a.m., however, all but 10 customers there had power restored.

Statewide, more than two dozen tornado warnings were issued, but no serious injuries were reported. State Highway Patrol reported several barns were damaged in Wapakoneta, where several trees were leveled.

High winds are being blamed for knocking the second story off an abandoned cinder block building in Marion County. One county over to the east in Morrow County, there were reports of two possible tornado touchdowns, but those have not been confirmed.

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