Storm downs trees, wires across area

LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) — Fast-moving, strong thunderstorms moved through the area Wednesday afternoon.

In Lisbon, one storm brought trees and branches down, which covered some roads. One tree hit the home of Sharon Sturms’ mother-in-law.

“All of a sudden it was swirling white. There was pea-sized hail that came. And there was a big boom. My mother-in-law’s property next door to us had a limb through it,” Sturms said.

The branch from that tree that hit the complex, impaled a balcony and shredded the roof of that building.

“It just all of a sudden swirled. We heard lightning in the distance, I mean thunder. It was swirling around, and thundering, and then it was gone,” Sturms said.

Just a few blocks away, another tree snapped at the trunk and landed on top of a pickup truck. Lisbon Mayor Dan Bing said there was a lot of damage to the area, but luckily no one was injured.

It is also a big community effort cleaning up.

“We have had great response from the community. Our local departments have come in and assisted us. Numerous volunteers, people with chainsaws,” Bing said.

Bing said he credits the emergency plans of the village for the safety of its residents.

“We have an emergency management system that really works,” he said.

Following the storm, Bing was telling people to avoid the village because there were so many downed wires and trees. There also was a power outage and most of the traffic signals were not working.

At the height of the storm, there were 3,200 homes without power in Lisbon. As of 10:30 p.m., that number had dropped to less than 500.

Because of the storm damage, Lisbon Cherished Children’s ECDC and School Age Program will be closed Thursday. Normal sessions should resume on Friday.

There also was storm damage in Hubbard, with numerous trees and power lines reported down. Resident Charlene Thornton said she was startled by how quickly and violently the storm passed through.

“It was intense. I was grilling on the deck and it just got really black and the lightning came and I heard a big crack. The lightning hit my tree in the center and then the tree came down and fell in the middle of the road,” Thornton said.

There also were numerous trees reported down in Mill Creek MetroParks, resulting in the closure of the following streets:

  • West Golf Drive
  • East Park Drive
  • Chestnut Hill
  • West Drive
  • East Glacier
  • Valley Drive
  • The Flats area

A MetroParks spokeswoman said forestry crews would be out clearing the trees until dark on Wednesday and as they become safely passable, the roads will be reopened. She said crews will be out early Thursday to finish clearing away the downed trees.

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