Monday, as a storm front plowed into the city from the northwest in many counties, including Delaware, Franklin, Knox, Licking and Union, carrying wind gusts of more than 60 mph, hail and several inches of rain.
Brad Gilbert, director of the county’s emergency management department, said that many trees were either uprooted or snapped by their trunks along Springdale Road in Union County, due east of Marysville.
“On an older ranch (home), we had one tree fall and puncture its roof, and an older barn blew off its foundation,” he said. Shingles from several homes were missing.
In Logan County, up to six inches of rain pover created flash flooding advisories for several hours and left high water along some roadways.
Delaware’s more than 1,000 American Electric Power customers were without power early Tuesday, mainly on the west side of the city. A spokesman for AEP said most will be repaired by evening.
Crews swept the streets of debris overnight and searched city parks for risks, said spokesman Lee Yoakum. Several broad trees fell on the grave markers at Oak Grove Cemetery. Town teams have been working to remove the debris.
Marion County officials, usually hard hit by floods, confirmed no major issues. Johnstown avoided severe damage, too.
Felled trees closed down Route 661 just south of Mount Vernon on Monday night in Knox County. And steady water rendered others impassable. In Newark, downed trees and flooding were also confirmed, officials there said.
But much of the water had receded by Tuesday afternoon and the trees and branches had been cleared. It is not uncommon for northwest-driven cold fronts from the Great Lakes to spawn severe storms at this time of year, the National Weather Service said. Usually, spring and early summer storms come from the southwest, said Jeffrey Sites, a meteorologist for the weather service.
He said the absence of rain and parched vegetation and crops could have helped to mitigate flooding.
“All of that helps to absorb all the extra humidity,” said Sites.
For the rest of the week, the forecast will be hot, up to 90 degrees on Tuesday, and dry. The high on Friday will be 80.
A roofing contractor based in Akron, OH, TK Roofing & Gutters, has announced that they have recently published a blog post explaining why the roof should be inspected after a storm for damage. This is because it will be very costly to replace a roof, which is the first line of protection of the house against the weather. Thus, it is important to have the roof inspected so that any required repairs can be carried out. There is a trained eye for a roofing specialist who can detect any harm that must be fixed.
Daryl Gentry, TK Roofing & Gutters’ owner, says, “There are five reasons why it is important to have the roof inspected after a storm.”