High winds buffet Fulton County


Staff Report



High winds bent power poles on Shoop Avenue in Wauseon, causing a closure of the street on Wednesday morning.


Drew Stambaugh | Fulton County Expositor

High winds led to over 1,000 power outages, downed trees, and other damage in Fulton County last Wednesday afternoon.

Among the hardest hit areas was Dover Township, where at one point 522 of the 592 Toledo Edison customers were without power.

A high wind warning was in effect with sustained west winds of 30 to 40 mph, with gusts over 60 mph. A top gust of 63 mph was reported at the Fulton County Airport.

North Shoop Avenue in Wauseon was closed between Linfoot Street and Airport Highway for a time following damage to power poles. South Shoop Avenue near Fulton County Health Center was later closed as well.

Swanton Local Schools suffered some very minimal wind-related issues at a construction site, according to Superintendent Jeff Schlade.

“The walls being erected at Crestwood took the brunt of the unusually intense winds. Crews worked quickly to have it cleaned up the same day, and by Thursday morning they were repairing the issues,” he said. “By the end of the day Thursday had everything restored back to prior status, with minimal loss to irreparable damage. Most importantly, no injuries were reported.”

The Ohio Turnpike also issued a travel ban for certain vehicles.

High winds bent power poles on Shoop Avenue in Wauseon, causing a closure of the street on Wednesday morning.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2017/03/web1_Shoop-closed-3.jpgHigh winds bent power poles on Shoop Avenue in Wauseon, causing a closure of the street on Wednesday morning. Drew Stambaugh | Fulton County Expositor

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