Tuesday, August 5, 2003

Heavy rain, lightning riddle Ohio

Teen dies while working on roof

The Associated Press

Torrential downpours and lightning storms moved across central Ohio Monday, killing a 17-year-old boy who was working on a roof.

Dr. Brad Lewis, the Franklin County coroner, said it appeared Herman Vasquez was struck by lightning, but an autopsy would be performed to determine the cause of death.

Vasquez of Hilliard was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after he was stricken while working on a roof in the Columbus suburb, police said.

Groveport and Dublin each received almost 4 inches of rain in about 90 minutes during the midday storm, said meteorologist Julie Reed of the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

The storm dropped more than 2 inches of rain on most of Franklin County, Reed said.

On Sunday, a small tornado touched down twice in Lorain County, downing power and telephone lines around Amherst, 30 miles west of Cleveland. No injuries were reported.

The twister had winds of 50 to 75 mph, the smallest class of tornado, said Frank Kieltyka, a National Weather Service forecaster in Cleveland.

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