Willard hit hard by storm

Power lines, trees down; more than 3,000 customers without power in the Willard area
Scott Seitz
Jun 19, 2014

 

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.

 

Comments

OneLocalVoice

They were not downburst winds. I was standing at the front door of my house when the storm suddenly hit. The winds were spinning in a circular motion and the trees in front of my house were bending at a 45 degree angle. Headed to the basement for safety. The folks at the National Weather Service need to stick their heads outside some time instead of keeping their noses glued to a computer monitor.

scooter58

The fine folks at the NWS CANNOT be everywhere when there is a storm. That is why they offer spotter training EVERY YEAR, FOR FREE. They depend on both those reports, or the lack thereof, PLUS any evidence that may be left. There are trained spotters all over Huron County, and none of them or law enforcement or fire service personnel reported what you saw. Did you call it in to anyone? If not, even if they (NWS) were in your area, they may not have seen it from your perspective. A report from any trained spotter, along with physical evidence, would be used to make a determination. Lacking BOTH, they cannot make a determination that there was a tornado. While you may have seen rotation in the clouds at your location, there has to be physical evidence on the ground as well. There are both localand NWS personnel trained to do damage assessment, but they need YOUR report to know exactly where to look. If you truly believe you have evidence of a tornado, give Jason or Tina a call at the EMA office. They can arrange to have an assessment done if warranted. Please don't disparage the folks in Cleveland for being there and using the technology available there. They are trying to do the greatest good for the most people, but they must depend on US to help them get the complete picture. I know they care because I've worked with many of them over many years, and meet with some on a regular basis. As they say, if you see something, say something!

sandijunebug

Yes it was a tornado. We have had a bad time here, but everyone had pulled together and helped each other like neighbors do. Thank you for all our help from AEP, they have worked very hard and quickly to restore our power. Really appreciated.

earlduck

and what difference does it make two days after the fact,tornado,windstorm,what the hell

scooter58

Earl - if there are many who are affected, it could make a difference if or how much financial assistance is made available for repairs or rebuilding. Otherwise, it may just validate people's beliefs and emotions. Good question though, as a specific determination does not undo the damage.