High winds cause power outages, damage

Posted at 5:14 PM, Apr 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-03 18:48:25-04

CINCINNATI – Windy conditions caused damage and power outages across the Tri-State Saturday as the National Weather Service issued advisories and warnings and wind gusts hit more than 50 miles per hour.

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Duke Energy outage reports peaked when about 49,000 customers were without power at around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Crews, including some from as far away as Wisconsin, worked through the night to restore power.

By 7 a.m. Sunday, Duke Energy reported that less than 14,500 customers in Greater Cincinnati were without power, with high numbers of reported outages concentrated in rural parts of Clermont, Brown and Clinton counties. Check Duke's outage map here for estimated power restoration times.

Winds knocked down power lines across I-75 near Union Centre Boulevard, causing lengthy traffic delays on the highway in both directions.



In Colerain Township, firefighters said the wind drove a fire in a home undergoing renovations, causing $10,000 worth of damage.

Numerous trees were knocked down across the area, damaging homes like this one in West Chester:


In Milford, Jeffrey Bryant was driving and slowing down to turn into his driveway when an uprooted tree fell into his car. He estimated that if he had been a second earlier, it could have hit him, too.

"It missed me by about two feet," he said.

In Oakley, Tyler Heller was sitting in his living room when he heard a crash upstairs. A falling tree had smashed into the house, crashing through the roof. The tree also damaged a nearby parked car.

On WCPO’s Facebook page, area residents shared photos of downed trees, damaged homes and even a boat blown off its trailer.