High winds cause downed trees, power lines in Clark and Champaign Counties

More than 1,500 Clark and Champaign County residents were left without electricity Monday as high winds blew through the area.

Statewide and in the region, gusts of up to 60 mph were recorded Sunday night, taking out trees and downing power lines.

Crews were out in Springfield early picking up downed trees. On North Fountain Avenue, a downed tree blocked the roadway and crushed a car parked along the street, causing motorists to re-route their morning commute.

In Mechanicsburg, a large tree blew over in the backyard of a family’s home on South Locust Street. The family was still working to remove the tree as of Monday afternoon.

First Energy’s power outage map showed that all power had been restored to the Springfield area as of 1:30 p.m. on Monday, but some areas of the county continued to struggle with power problems. The company reported about 1,600 customers in the region were without service at the height of the storm.

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The number of Dayton Power & Light customers without power peaked at 24,369 at 6:15 a.m. on Monday, according to reports.

“DP&L has restored power to more than 22,000 customers following strong winds gusting at 60 plus mph overnight,” the utility company reported late Monday morning. “A total of 30,000 customers were impacted.”

Shawnee Middle/High School had issues throughout the day due to wind gusts — resulting in the cancellation of all after school events including the Greenon vs Shawnee basketball game.

“Clark-Shawnee families — [Sunday night’s] storm has caused power issues at Shawnee Middle/High School,” a post on the district’s Facebook page said. “Repair crews are on the way to fix the problem.”

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Windy conditions, including gusts of up to 35 mph, with temperatures hovering near 40 degrees continued throughout Monday. But winter weather will return on Tuesday, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Jesse Maag.

Tuesday will be a “blustery and cold day,” Maag said, with highs in the middle to upper 30s and wind chills near the 20s throughout the day.

Snowfall forecasts vary from 0.8 and 1 inch expected in the Springfield area by 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. About 0.1 inches is expected in Dayton and Troy and about 0.2 inches in Springboro and Xenia. As much as 1 inch is predicted to fall in Wapakoneta, 0.9 inches in Bellefontaine, Celina and Winchester.

Snow showers should end in the afternoon, Maag said. But by the midnight hour Tuesday, temperatures are expected to be chilly with wind chills in the teens under mostly cloudy skies.

The first day of 2020 will bring mostly sunny skies and chilly temperatures, Maag said, before rain moves in later in the week.

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