Strong storms knock out power across northwest Ohio

Hot powerlines were reported early Thursday on Round Head Rd. in Henry County.

Storm winds topping 70 mph brought down power lines and trees overnight, knocking out power for hundreds across northwest Ohio early Thursday.

As of 9 a.m., around 1,500 Toledo Edison customers did not have power, according to FirstEnergy representative Chris Eck. Most of these customers live in or around Defiance.

"The first reports of damage came in a little before midnight. Crews were dispatched immediately into the storm and were working while the wind was still blowing and rain coming down," Eck said.

Toledo Edison reports Hamler and Custer as the worst hit areas, where wind and loose debris damaged buildings and knocked down infrastructures. Eck said crews will remain on site repairing damages and will hopefully have power restored by the end of Thursday.

At the storm's peak, at least 3,000 people lost power, but Eck said the damages were not as severe as anticipated. He warns that some people may be taken out of service while crews work to repair downed lines throughout the day.

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