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Willard hit hard by storm

Scott Seitz • Jun 19, 2014 at 11:18 PM

The City of Blossoms was hammered Wednesday night by a severe thunderstorm.

The storm uprooted trees, scattered limbs and brought down a number of power lines throughout the city.

(NOTE: To see photos of the storm damage, click HERE and HERE and HERE.)

A good deal of residents remained without power this morning.

“American Electric Power is diligently working to restore power to those residents still without power,” said Brian Humphress, city manager, via the city’s Twitter account.

According to AEP, there are about 3,373 customers without power in the Willard area. AEP is hoping to have power restored to those customers by noon Friday.

“City crews have been, and will remain, hard at work to clean up downed trees and debris from the storm that ripped through Willard last night,” he added.

“Due to power outages in parts of the city, stop signs have been placed at several intersections. Please be alert and aware at intersections,” Humphress said.

“Residents should use extreme caution where traveling about Willard today. It is possible that a downed power line could have been missed,” he said.

“Residents should avoid the parks and stay clear of any trees as there are many hanging limbs,” Humphress added.

All activities are canceled at the Willard city parks Thursday.

“There is no problem at this time with the water quality throughout the city,” Humphress said. "There are lots of hanging limbs and branches. Be very careful when out and about."

"If you know of any serious structural damage or injuries sustained from last night's storm, please call city hall so it can be catalogued," he said. Residents can reach city hall at (419) 933-2591.

The storm, which rolled through this area about 6 p.m., brought with it anywhere from a half-inch of rain to 2 inches in some locations.

Officials from the Huron County Emergency Management Agency said they had  received unconfirmed reports of a tornado or funnel cloud in the Willard area. 

The National Weather Service reported it has "no reports or evidence of a tornado touchdown at this time."

NWS officials are attributing the storm damage to "downburst winds."

Thunderstorms are also in the forecast for today.


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