Storms bring damaging winds, outages to Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Storms that soaked much of Ohio and damaged trees and barns with high winds have left tens of thousands of customers without power.

At least 30,000 Ohio customers were without electricity at midday Thursday as crews worked to restore service while rain continued in some areas.

An official with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency says straight-line winds topping 70 mph were reported overnight and more than two dozen tornado warnings were issued. No twisters were immediately confirmed.

The National Weather Service was investigating reports of possible tornados in Auglaize, Mercer and Union counties. Morrow County’s EMA director says a possible touchdown also was reported there.

There were toppled trees, fallen branches, damaged barns and minor flooding, but no serious injuries were reported to state officials.

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