WILMINGTON — High winds accompanied an early morning storm in Clinton County Monday, causing downed trees and branches, toppled utility lines and power outages — in addition to some Christmas decorations scattering in the wind.
Winds gusted between 50 and 60 miles per hour between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Monday, according to meteorologist Kristen Cassady of the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
And although the worst of the wind is behind us, area residents can still expect wind gusts up to around 35 mph or so into Tuesday, Cassady said.
“The strongest wind has ended, but there will still be enough to jar some branches loose, and some holiday decorations may succumb to the gusty conditions,” said Cassady.
The area also received about 1.5 inches of rain over a 48-hour period, she said.
DP&L reported that as of 10:30 a.m. Monday, 1,074 customers in Clinton County were without power; within an hour that figure fell to 586 and by 12:20 p.m. the figure was 396.
More than 100,000 customers around Ohio were left without electricity as high winds blew through the state, utilities said.
It brought gusts of up to 60 mph overnight, taking out trees and power lines.
Nearly 50,000 customers of AEP and South Central Power had no electricity at one point early Monday morning, The Columbus Dispatch reported. FirstEnergy reported nearly that many affected throughout northeastern Ohio, and thousands more were without power in western Ohio, from Cincinnati and Dayton up to Toledo, according to the Associated Press.
As for the rest of the week, cooler weather continues with the high temperature only predicted in the 30s on Tuesday, with a slight warm-up into the 40s beginning Wednesday and above 50 Friday before it cools off again, with chances for showers again later in the week, according to the National Weather Service.
Tuesday will not only be breezy — there is also a chance of some snow showers.