Sunday, August 3, 2003

Storms flash and homes go dark

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Take cover. The torrential downpours that left more than 12,000 Cinergy customers without power Saturday are expected to wreak havoc through most of the week.

The early morning thunderstorms jolted thousands of Greater Cincinnatians awake. But there was still evidence of the storms in Florence, Milford, Madeira, Anderson Township, Union Township (Clermont County), Withamsville and Hartwell.

Rain fell the hardest in eastern Hamilton County, where six inches of rain was dumped, said meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio.

Flashes of lightning wiped out electric power. About 380 Cinergy customers remained without power at 5:30 p.m., said Kathy Meinke, Cinergy spokeswoman.

For today, a 50 percent chance of rain was expected, with storms and rain showers through Thursday, meteorologists said.

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