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Storms leave damage, but fail to live up to hype

 
Storms leave damage, but fail to live up to hype
Posted Thursday, June 13th 2013 @ 6pm  by WTVN Newsroom

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

At the height of the storm there were about 40,000 customers in the dark around Ohio.

"If you compare that again to last summer and the derecho there were a million customers without power then," said Ohio Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Nancy Dragani.

Straight-line winds topping 70 mph were reported and more than two dozen tornado warnings were issued. No twisters have been immediately confirmed.

The National Weather Service was investigating reports of possible tornadoes 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.

"I think it is very fair to say we dodged a bullet," said Dragani.

Just because the storms didn't end up being as bad as initially predicted, Dragani says the message stays the same from her agency: be ready, have a plan, and know what to do when bad weather hits.

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