Wednesday, March 14, 2001

Winds snuff power, batter trees, roofs

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A brief thunderstorm swept through Greater Cincinnati on Tuesday afternoon, leaving behind damaged roofs and downed trees and wires from Boone County to Blue Ash.

        Meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Wilmington said the storm produced high winds and hail. At the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, winds up to 41 mph were recorded.

[photo] A large tree rests atop a house on Montana Avenue in Westwood after being blown over in Tuesday's storm.
(Brandi Stafford photo)
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        Cinergy spokesman Dave Woodburn said about 2,500 customers were without power as of 10 p.m. The hardest-hit areas included Blue Ash, western Hamilton County, Hartwell and areas east of Amelia.

        “We expect outages through the night,” he said. “It's not that there are so many, but that it is so spread out. Probably by morning everything will be back up.”

        Hamilton County police officials received many calls about power outages and downed wires and poles.

        In Westwood, high winds blew down a 50-foot beech tree that fell onto the roof of a two-story home in the 3100 block of Montana Avenue.

        Brian and Molly McFee said their 5-month-old son was not injured when the tree hit their house, though he was sleeping in an upstairs room.

        Other reports included:

        • Downtown, part of a roof parapet of the old Sun Furniture building at Sycamore and Elliot streets collapsed because of high winds.

        Kelly Thomas, of Colerain Township, was passing by as bricks began falling.

        “I thought the sky was falling,” she said. “I felt like Chicken Little.”

        • Wind blew the roof off the Miami Valley Paper building, 413 Oxford Road, in Franklin in Warren County at about 4:15 p.m. No one was injured.

        • High winds were blamed for a tent collapse at Turfway Park in Florence. Three people received minor injuries.

        “We are expecting more precipitation by Thursday,” Weather Service meteorologist John Center said.

       Reporters Marie McCain and William A. Weathers contributed to this report.


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