Strong winds blew through Scioto County Saturday, causing damage to several buildings in Portsmouth.
According to the National Weather Service of Wilmington, a wind advisory was put in effect until 7 a.m. Sunday.
Buildings throughout the Portsmouth area took a beating from the wind gusts and several lost part or all their roof. On Saturday, Facebook was flooded with photos of buildings in Downtown Portsmouth which had sustained damage from high winds.
After enjoying a lunch at a local restaurant near the Evangelical United Church of Christ, Christie Cowen walked out to find pieces of the church’s bell tower roof on the ground and significant damage to the church’s roof.
“We heard the rush of the wind and then I heard sirens,” Cowen said. “I was very sad to see another old building in Portsmouth having structural issues. So many of our buildings are old and have very little to no upkeep.”
The Church was not the only building to sustain damage from high winds. As Missy Veach was driving down Second Street, she stopped at a stop sign and said she heard a strange noise.
“I took off and heard something loud behind me, so I looked in my mirror and seen something falling and realized it was part of the building,” Veach said. “The winds were so strong it was really hard to see what it was when it fell but I knew it was a lot and big.”
The building, which is close to Market Square lost what looked to be the roof and a whole top story. Pieces of debris were scattered across the sidewalk and road. Veach posted the pictures she took to Facebook and the comments poured in.
“It was crazy cause just as soon as I passed the stop sign and that happened, I went another block and the top of the church blew off,” Veach commented on Facebook. “I was getting a little scared.”
One commenter on Veach’s Facebook post shared she was just in front of the building 10 minutes before the top floor came tumbling down.
“My husband and I had walked out of the building in front of it 10 minutes before it came down,” Lynn Chaffin commented. “I was moving my face paint station out of there. I had to go back in after that and finish getting my stuff. The wind was so strong it was scary.”
According to Chaffin’s comments, no one was hurt in the incident. Along with buildings receiving damage from the wind, several areas lost power Saturday.
On the AEP Ohio website’s outage map, more than 520 customers in Scioto County were without power as of 6:31 p.m. Saturday.
Reach Adam Black at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1927
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