High winds swept through Cardington in the early morning on Monday, Dec. 30, leaving much of the village without power.
First Energy crews arrived in the village and assessed the damages, isolating the areas that were affected. These included a downed tree and two snapped utility poles on West Main Street near the Mathews Marathon Station.
For safety reasons U.S. 42 was closed, as power poles, power lines and communication lines blocked the street.
In addition a downed tree and three snapped poles on South Marion Street (State Route 529) left the residents in that area without power. It also forced the closing of SR 529 as it was covered with broken poles, wires and a tree.
First Energy crews from Maryland and West Virginia came Tuesday and began the task of setting new poles and transformers and re-hanging the power lines.
It was about 6 p.m. Tuesday when power was restored to residents in the west part of the village, allowing U.S. 42 to re-open.
By 6:30 p.m. residents in the South Marion Street area had power, but communication wires still lay in the street. SR 529 remained closed until Thursday morning when crews from Consolidated Electric, Spectrum and CenturyLink arrived to replace the downed wires.
There were no injuries as a result of the storm.
Heavy rain and high winds ripped through much of north central Ohio leaving thousands of residents without power as the year ended.
Electricity was reportedly out in Chesterville and Johnsville. The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office reported blocked roads in Gilead, Lincoln, Canaan, Washington and Harmony townships on Monday.
The National Weather Service office in Cleveland had issued a wind advisory for the region. Wind gusts reached 50 miles per hour.
Counties in the advisory area included Morrow, Richland, Ashland, Crawford, Knox, Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Sandusky, Erie, Lorain, Cuyahoga, Hancock, Seneca, Huron, Medina, Wyandot, Wayne, Marion and Holmes.
Editor Anthony Conchel contributed to this report.