High winds scatter debris in Scioto County

December 22, 2013

Bob Strickley

PDT Content Manager

The storm system that came through the area Saturday night and Sunday morning blew down holiday decorations, signs, trees and power lines.

Late night and early morning scanner chatter indicated downed power lines and uprooted trees around the county. Around 1 a.m. American Electric Power Ohio was reporting 2,000 customers without power in Scioto County and 1,300 without service in Adams County.

As of 1 p.m. Sunday the number of those without service had dropped significantly, but Scioto County still had 315 without electric, Adams County still had 531 without electric and 182 in Jackson County without power.

Kim Carver of the Scioto County Emergency Management Agency worked the situation throughout Saturday night and Sunday morning.

“Peak gust was 50 miles per hour in downtown Portsmouth,” Carver said. “Peak gust was 62 miles per hour at Maysville and the storm history was 80 miles per hour winds so a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued through 1 a.m.”

Carver said power outages and downed trees were the common result of the storm, but a house on Meadow Lane in Wheelersburg suffered structural damage as a result of the storm. Carver also said signage and holiday decorations were blown down in many places in the county.

As the system passed through, radar indicated circulation of one of the storm cells near northwestern Scioto County, so a Tornado Warning was issued for that area.

“Fortunately no significant damage occurred that we know of,” Carver said.

A Flash Flood Warning continued until 4:30 a.m. Storm total rainfall levels were just over an inch.

Carver said agencies would be cleaning up debris through Sunday and water levels would be monitored. She also warned motorists to use caution when sharing the road with utility crews.

Bob Strickley can be reached at 353-3101, ext. 296, or bstrickley@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Bob on Twitter @rjstrickleyjr.