Wind gusts exceeding 50 mph knocked out power across the region Sunday as temperatures plunged from the mid-50s to mid-30s in just hours.
The National Weather Service reported gusts as high as 53 mph in Ravenna Sunday afternoon. Winds in Cleveland registered at 67 mph.
As of 9:15 p.m., FirstEnergy reported about 4 percent of Portage County was without power. A little over 4 percent of Summit County was without power. No estimated restoration time was listed for either county on the company’s website.
Falling trees and issues with power lines filled local scanner traffic from all over. Mogadore Road was closed in Kent at last report due to a downed tree. Fallen trees were reported on Cooley Road in Ravenna as well as on Route 5.
The Ohio Department of Transportation confirmed that Route 44 in Mantua was closed between Route 82 and Route 303 due to downed power lines. Reports were made about problematic wires on North Chillicothe Road in Aurora twice. The fire department returned the second time after calls came in claiming the wires were sparking.
Roads and power lines were not the only victims of the blustery conditions. Two homes were reported to have trees fall on them, one in Brimfield and one in Ravenna. Those within the home reportedly suffered no injury.
A high wind warning remains in effect until 1 a.m. Monday.
The National Weather Service predicted a light chance of snow showers before 9 p.m. Conditions are expected to be mostly cloudy and windy, with gusts as high as 55 mph possible.
Reporter Kaitlyn McGarvey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-298-1127.