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Region still reeling from Sunday's onslaught of high winds

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    A tree fell on state Route 162 Sunday after winds reached as high as 60 mph.


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    Dennis Theiss snapped this picture Monday of a toppled tree in his backyard on Boxelder Drive in Medina. Several trees caused damage and power outages in the area when powerful winds swept through the area Sunday.


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    High winds caused a pine tree to fall in the 900 block of Hickory Grove in Medina Sunday. Service Director Nino Piccoli, right, was on the scene, along with Medina police.



There were 382 Medina County homes still without power as of 11 p.m. Monday, according to Ohio Edison’s website.

Of the 59,924 homes in Medina County serviced by Ohio Edison, about 1 percent were without power after winds reached as high as 60 mph Sunday across the region. Efforts are now underway to restore power after toppled trees and downed power lines plunged many homes into darkness.

“It could go into Wednesday for some areas,” Ohio Edison spokesman Chris Eck said Monday. “It could be a multiple-day event for us. We’ll know more (today).”

Temperatures were expected to drop to 16 degrees Monday night, according to the National Weather Service. Today, the low is expected to be about 20 degrees. This means without power many homes will deal with the loss of heat as well.

“The high winds did an amazing amount of damage,” Eck said. “It was like a shotgun blast across the map. What takes so long is we have to visit each location. Crews will be out working on restoring outages and fixing the lines brought down.”

Medina Service Director Nino Piccoli said his department worked a 12-hour shift Sunday on myriad problems.

Traffic signals were knocked out at two intersections: Lafayette Road and South Court Street, and Sturbridge Drive and South Court Street.

Crews couldn’t reset the lights without power.

Piccoli said the buckets were lifted about 30 feet in the air to work on the traffic signals in the high winds. It was a little unnerving for the workers.

“The forecasts said it was 60 mph,” he said. “It had to be every bit of that. The buckets were swaying.”

The city put up makeshift stop signs in the intersection.

He said crews also worked on cleaning up trees, branches and signs, and chased a few trampolines.

Some residents put out their garbage cans during the high winds and then complained when they blew over.

Piccoli said a 40- or 50-foot pine tree fell near Forest Meadows Drive and took out several electrical and cable lines with it.

If trees fall on private property, the city doesn’t address it. Only if a tree falls on a sidewalk or a street, “then we’ll clear the right of way,” he said.

“It was busy. There wasn’t any major property damage that I know of.”

He commended the city’s dispatch unit with “handling things according.”

“Those phones were blowing up,” Piccoli said. “They got more calls than when we had (the latest big) snowstorm. They did a fantastic job.”

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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